Day One at the NCAA Wrestling Championships is in the Books
March 19, 2009
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Defending 125-lbs. national champion Angel Escobedo has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Three other Hoosiers still remain in contention for All-American status.
Escobedo began Thursday with a 5-0 shutout of Boise State's Brian Owen. He then defeated Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech by the score of 2-1. Garnett entered the bout amongst the nation's leaders in overall wins with 40 victories on the season. Escobedo's next opponent will be the No. 11 seed, Zach Sanders of Minnesota. He defeated Sanders, 8-7, during the regular season dual meet. That quarterfinal match will be broadcast live on ESPNU HD and ESPN360.com.
Trevor Perry won his first round match as well on Thursday, pinning Hunter Meys (Boston) in just 17 seconds, connecting on a headlock throw right after the opening whistle blew. Perry was then defeated by fourth-seeded Jay Borschel of Iowa, dropping to the second round of the wrestleback where he will take on No. 10-seeded Kurt Brenner (West Virginia) early Friday afternoon.
Kinser recorded a major decision in his first wrestleback match. He nailed Virginia Tech's Jesse Dong with his patented headlock in the first period, but Dong battled off the pin for nearly two minutes. After an uneventful second stanza, Kinser put him away with two takedowns and a huge riding time advantage for the 10-2 final tally. A Boilermaker is next on the list for Kinser with Colton Salazar of Purdue waiting for him in Friday's first session. The two rivals split a pair of showdowns earlier this season with Salazar winning the most recent match-up at the Big Ten Championships.
Cameron wasted little time in disposing of his first wrestleback opponent, sticking Duke's John Barone in less than a minute (0:50). It's a very impressive win for Cameron as Barone entered the match with an overall record of 36-7. Meanwhile, Cameron improves to 22-19 on the year with the victory. His next opponent will be the No. 6 seed, Joshua Patterson (42-5) of Binghamton.
Paul Young suffered a heart-breaking loss in sudden victory to Keegan Davis (Oregon State), 3-1. Nate Everhart has also been eliminated from the competition. He found himself with a tough draw in the wrestleback, having to face Pittsburgh's Zach Sheaffer who had been ranked as high as #6 nationally this season.
SESSION TWO PLAY-BY-PLAY
174 lbs. Second Round- No. 4 Jay Borschel (Iowa) dec. Trevor Perry (IU), 7-2
157 lbs. WB First Round- Kurt Kinser (IU) maj. dec. Jesse Dong (Virginia Tech), 10-2
165 lbs. WB First Round- Keegan Davis (Oregon St.) dec. Paul Young (IU), 3-1 SV
184 lbs. WB First Round- Eric Cameron (IU) pins John Barone (Duke), 0:50
285 lbs. WB First Round- Zach Sheaffer (Pitt) dec. Nate Everhart (IU), 7-1
SESSION ONE RECAP
Angel Escobedo and Trevor Perry have both advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships with victories during the first session of the day. All six Hoosier qualifiers will hit the mats once again Thursday evening when Session Two is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST.
With 33 participants in each weight class, there was one "preliminary " round in each class with the winner advancing into the championship draw of 32 and the loser dropping to the wrestleback. Nate Everhart was one of the two random selections for the heavyweight division, pitted against Trey McLean of Penn in the preliminary. Two takedowns by McLean in the first period put Everhart in an early hole, but the Hoosier heavyweight later turned the tables by turning his opponent to his back for a three-point near-fall to go ahead 5-4. Everhart went on to add to his lead with several takedowns and a 1:56 riding time advantage for the 11-5 decision.
Escobedo, seeded third, began his national title defense with a 5-0 shutout of Boise State's Brian Owen. Owen was able to keep it close with the defending champion following a scoreless first period. Escobedo quickly recorded a reversal in the second period for a lead he would not relinquish, however. Escobedo's second-round adversary will be Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech, who is 40-7 overall this season.
After a pair of IU defeats at 157- and 165-pounds, Perry got the Hoosiers back in the win column in a big way. Facing Boston University's Hunter Meys, Perry nailed a headlock throw immediately and pinned Meys in just 17 seconds. Meys got a taste of his own medicine as he is one of the nation's leaders in falls himself with 14 on the season.
It marked Perry's first career win at the NCAA Championships and the 24th fall of his career, moving him into a tie with Pat Cassidy (1997-00) for the most career pins in IU history. He next faces fourth-seeded Jay Borschel of Iowa in the second round of the 174-pound division.
Everhart concluded Session One by dropping a 4-1 decision to nationally-ranked Rashard Goff of Cleveland State. He, along with Kurt Kinser, Paul Young and Eric Cameron are now placed in the wrestleback bracket.
Continue to check back right here at IUHoosiers.com for complete coverage of how the Cream and Crimson is faring at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Due to the NCAA blogging policy, IUHoosiers.com will no longer host a live blog of the event, but will rather post complete play-by-play for each IU match.
COMPLETE PLAY-BY-PLAY FROM SESSION ONE
285 lbs. Preliminary- Nate Everhart (IU) dec. Trey McLean (Penn), 11-5
1st- TD McLean (0-2); E Everhart (1-2), TD McLean (1-4); E Everhart (2-4)
2nd- McLean Chooses Down; NF Everhart (5-4)
3rd- Everhart Chooses Down; E Evearhart (6-4); TD Everhart (8-4); E McLean (8-5); TD Everhart (10-5); RT[1:56] Everhart (11-5)
125 lbs. First Round- No. 3 Angel Escobedo (IU) dec. Brian Owen (Boise St.), 5-0
157 lbs. First Round- No. 6 Michael Chandler (Missouri) dec. Kurt Kinser (IU), 4-3
165 lbs. First Round- Tyler Sherfey (Boise St.) dec. Paul Young (IU), 3-1
174 lbs. First Round- Trevor Perry (IU) pins Hunter Meys (Boston), 0:17
185 lbs. First Round- Alex Dolly (Northern Iowa) pins Eric Cameron (IU), 2:35
285 lbs. First Round- Rashard Goff (Cleveland State) dec. Nate Everhart (IU), 4-1
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