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

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

ST. LOUIS — In what is quickly becoming the theme of the tournament, Iowa did OK but certainly not great. The Hawkeyes went 5-1 in the second round, which puts Thomas Gilman, Cory Clark, Mike Evans, Sammy Brooks, and Nathan Burak into the quarterfinals.

Brandon Sorensen was the lone loss of the winners’ bracket and drops to the consolation bracket, a place in which Iowa had mixed results on Thursday. While Bobby Telford and Josh Dziewa won their consolation bouts in bonus-point fashion, both Mike Kelly and Nick Moore lost and were bounced from the tournament.

Here arethe weight-by-weight results:

125 pounds: No. 6 Thomas Gilman over No. 11 Jordan Conaway (Penn State), 3-1

Gilman has faced Conaway several times this year, and each time their matches have been close, with both just 1-point victories. This time, the match was even closer; it went to overtime, in which a Gilman takedown with 21 seconds left in sudden victory was the difference.

Up next, quarterfinals: Joey Dance, Virginia Tech. This will be a rematch of the Midlands Championship 125-pound finals, in which Dance beat Gilman in overtime, 3-1. This should be a good one.

133 pounds: No. 3 Cory Clark over No. 14 Rossi Bruno (Michigan), 12-4

Clark took care of business here. Two first-period takedowns by Clark set the tone of the match, and he continued to dominate Bruno throughout, ending the match with a near fall to seal up the major decision.

Up next, quarterfinals: Earl Hall, Iowa State. It’s been a rough day for Iowa State fans, and Friday probably won’t go much better, at least at this meet. Clark and Hall wrestled earlier this year — a 8-3 Clark victory — and Friday will probably be something similar.

141 pounds: No. 5 Josh Dziewa over Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga), 12-3

After falling into an early 3-0 hole, Dziewa didn’t let Pongracz do a whole lot in a relatively weird match. Pongracz got a 3-point nearfall to begin the second period, but Dziewa then responded with a reversal and then two 3-point near falls and then a 2-point nearfall. All of that, in just the second period. The third period saw Dziewa get a reversal and the eventual major decision.

Up next, wrestlebacks: No. 6 Nick Dardanes, Minnesota. The two have wrestled twice this year, splitting the pair, though Dziewa just beat Dardanes several weeks ago in the Big Ten Championships. Their matches have been fairly high scoring, and this should be a fun match to watch.

149 pounds: No. 13 Charles Cobb (Penn) over No. 4 Brandon Sorensen, 4-3

This was a bad loss for Iowa, plain and simple. The Hawkeyes need all the wrestlers they can get in the semifinals, and Sorensen was not able to even get in the quarters. Cobb got an early takedown, and while Sorensen was eventually able to equalize with a late takedown of his own, he decided to give up an escape and then try for a winning takedown, which he was not able to get.

Up next, wrestlebacks: Clayton Ream, North Dakota State. Ream lost his original pigtail match but then beat Oklahoma State’s Josh Kindig, 5-3, in the consolation bracket pigtail match and then won over Ohio State’s Hunter Stieber by injury toward the beginning of the second period. Sorensen should not have much trouble here.

157 pounds: Alex Elder (Oregon State) over Michael Kelly, 11-8

A comeback effort by Kelly in the wrestlebacks was far too little, far too late. Giving up 5 near-fall points at the end of the first certainly is not ideal, and Kelly could not do a whole lot to advance and stave off the end of his career.

Up next: Nothing. Kelly is bounced from the tournament after going 0-2 and because he is a senior, his career at Iowa is now over.


165 pounds: Mitchell Polkowske (Northern Colorado) over Nick Moore, 12-4

Polkowske nearly upset the No. 10 seed, Standford’s Jim Wilson, but Moore probably should have still won this match. That being said, Moore went down early and never really mounted any sort of comeback.

Up next: Like Kelly, Moore is a senior and done with his Iowa wrestling career.

174 pounds: No. 3 Mike Evans over No. 14 Andy McCulley (Wyoming), 4-0

Iowa could not afford to lose Evans in the tournament and much like Clark, Evans took care of business. That being said, McCulley wrestled decently well, though after giving up a second-period takedown, he could not mount much of an offense, and Evans snared the win.

Up next, quarterfinals: No. 6 Logan Storley, Minnesota. Evans has beaten Storley three-straight times, including twice this season. Before that three-win streak, however, Storley beat Evans three-straight times, including at the 2013 NCAAs. It will likely be a low-scoring match, and considering that their last three matches have all gone into overtime, I would expect more of the same here.

184 pounds: No. 9 Sammy Brooks over No. 8 Domenic Abounader (Michigan), 4-2

An early takedown ended up being the difference in this match. Brooks took down Abounader early in the first period, and while 2 escapes led to a 2-2 tie after the second period, a riding time point and a Brooks escape led to the final score.

Up next, quarterfinals: No. 1 Gabe Dean, Cornell. Brooks and Dean have seen each other this year, with Dean winning, 6-2, at this year’s National Duals. It was a pretty good match, and with Brooks wrestling fairly well, this could be a chance for a major upset win for the Hawkeyes.

197 pounds: No. 6 Nathan Burak over Jake Tindle (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville), 12-2

Coming into the NCAA Championships, Tindle was sitting at 17-17. He beat the 11th seed, Northwestern’s Alex Polizzi, but Tindle’s fun jaunt on the winners’ side of things ended with Burak dominating him to move to the finals. Burak used 5 takedowns, including 3 in the third period, to grab a major decision.

Up next, quarterfinals: Kyven Gadson, Iowa State. This will be the second of the two Iowa-Iowa State matchups in the quarterfinals Friday, and because Burak was held out most of the beginning of the season, these two did not see each other at the Iowa-Iowa State dual earlier this year. This should be a fun one.

Heavyweight: No. 3 Bobby Telford over J.J. Everard (San Diego State), fall in :39

After losing in the championship bracket Thursday morning, Telford was not messing around when he pinned Everard. He got in on a shot, got a takedown, and pinned the outgunned San Diego State wrestler without much of a thought.

Up next, wrestlebacks: No. 13 Tyler Deuel, Binghamton. Telford needs to continue to pin his way through the bracket if he really wants to contribute to the team score, and it certainly looks as if he can.

Team scores:

1st — Ohio State, 23

2nd — Iowa, 21

3rd — Oklahoma State, 19.5

4th — Penn State, 18.5

5th — Missouri, 18



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