NCAA Wrestling Championships: What Happened, What’s Next — Session I

The Daily Iowan goes through the Iowa wrestlers’ matches from the first session and whom they will face on Thursday evening of the 2015 NCAA Championships.

ST. LOUIS — The Iowa wrestling team did not do itself any favors in the first session of the 2015 NCAA Championships on Thursday morning. Hawkeye wrestlers went 6-4 with four bonus-point victories but lost two crucial matches that will more than likely affect the team race as the tournament progresses.

Here’s the weight-by-weight look:

125 pounds: No. 6 Thomas Gilman over Evan Silver (Stanford), 14-4

Gilman scored 6 takedowns en route to the major decision. A solid opening performance — and I’m sure Brands loved the bonus points.

Up next: No. 11 Jordan Conaway, Penn State. Third match between these two. Gilman took the first two, but they were close. We’ll see.

133 pounds: No. 3 Cory Clark over Ronald Perry (Lock Haven), 7-5

Less than impressive outing for Clark. Scored 2 takedowns in the first but gave up a reversal before the end of the period. Then gave up a late takedown in the third for the final score.

Up next: No. 14 Rossi Bruno, Michigan. Clark and Bruno didn’t wrestle during the Iowa-Michigan dual in January. Bruno ain’t no slouch, either.

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141 pounds: Kevin Jack (NC State) over No. 5 Josh Dziewa, 6-3

Dziewa started well but gave up a takedown in the second and a reversal in the third. Less than ideal result for the team race.

Up next: Mike Pongracz, Tennessee-Chattanooga. Dziewa beat Pongracz, 4-2, at the National Duals. He’s going to have to do more than that if he’s going to truly have an effect in the wrestlebacks.

149 pounds: No. 4 Brandon Sorensen over Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois), 11-2

Four takedowns for Sorensen gives him a solid major-decision victory.

Up next: No. 13 Charles Cobb, Penn. Cobb is 21-5 on the season and could test Sorensen. Expect a low-scoring match. Maybe. We’ll see.

157 pounds: No. 6 Josh Demas (Ohio State) over Michael Kelly, 7-3

Demas scored a takedown two seconds into the match and added 2 more in the second period for the win.

Up next: Alex Elder, Oregon State. Kelly is fighting to keep his career going at this point. Win and advance or lose and go home.

165 pounds: No. 7 Pierce Harger (Northwestern) over Nick Moore, 6-3

Harger scored a takedown in both the second and third period to win. Moore couldn’t finish the couple of shots he got in on.

Up next: Mitchell Polkowske, Northern Colorado. Like Kelly and Dziewa, Moore’s fighting to keep his career going.

174 pounds: No. 3 Mike Evans over Nathan Jackson (Indiana), 4-1

Evans scored a takedown in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and added riding time for the win.

Up next: No. 14 Andy McCulley, Wyoming. McCulley won his first match 9-4, so you know he’s not afraid to wrestle. This should be a fun one.

184 pounds: No. 9 Sammy Brooks over Ben Stroh (Wyoming), 10-2

Looked like Brooks was going to settle for a 6-1 win. Then he released Stroh, scored another takedown, and added 2 back points for the major decision. Key team points for Iowa.

Up next: No. 8 Domenic Abounader, Michigan. Abounader beat Brooks in the dual in January, 3-2. This time, the winner reaches the quarterfinals.

197 pounds: No. 6 Nathan Burak over Vince Pickett (Edinboro), 18-4

Burak scored 6 takedowns and just worked Pickett en route to a major decision. Excellent first match.

Up next: Jake Tindle, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Tindle entered this tournament with a 17-17 record. He scored a reversal in the waning moments to upset the weight’s 11-seed, Northwestern’s Alex Polizzi. Tindle ain’t scurred.

Heavyweight: Spencer Myers (Maryland) over No. 3 Bobby Telford, 7-5

Myers scored a takedown and 2 back points in the first period, and another takedown in the second. Telford added a takedown late in the third, but it was too late.

Up next: J.J. Everard, South Dakota State. This is a big loss for Iowa, with Bobby being on the backside. Another senior fighting to keep his career going.

Team Scores:

1st — Ohio State, 13.5

2nd — Penn State, 11.5

T3rd — Cornell, 11

T3rd — Mizzou, 11

T5th — Iowa, 10

T5th — Michigan, 10

T5th — Nebraska, 10

Session II will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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