NCAA Wrestling Championships: What Happened, What's Next — Session III

The Daily Iowan goes through each Iowa wrestlers’ matches from Session III and who they will face on Friday evening of the 2015 NCAA Championships.

ST. LOUIS — Ohio State took Friday morning’s session and planted its Scarlett and Grey stake firmly into the ground here at the Scottrade. The Buckeyes went five-for-five in the quarterfinals, pushing their team lead to as many as 20 points at one point.

Iowa, meanwhile, started strong, but tripped up near the end of the morning session. The Hawkeyes find themselves in second place still, but with a bit of a hill to climb if they are to get back into the thick of the team race against Ohio State. In all, Iowa wrestlers went 8-3 in Session III, and seven remain in the hunt for All-American status.

Here’s the weight-by-weight look:

125 pounds, Quarterfinals: No. 6 Thomas Gilman over No. 3 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech), 7-5 (OT)

Gilman trailed 5-1 at one point, and rattled off six-straight to win, including a takedown in regulation that, with the ensuing ride, pushed the match into overtime. Then a body-lock-return-to-the-mat sequence gave him the win.

Up next, Semifinals: Zeke Moisey, West Virginia. Moisey came in unseeded, but knocked off 15th-seeded Chase Tolbert, 2nd-seeded Nahshon Garrett and 7th-seeded Eddie Klimara to reach the semis. This will be fun.

133 pounds, Quarterfinals: No. 3 Cory Clark over No. 6 Earl Hall (Iowa State), 7-1

Very workmanlike performance from Clark. He was fluent and methodical. Iowa could’ve used bonus points, but, still, that’s two in the semifinals.

Up next, Semifinals: No. 7 Jimmy Gulibon, Penn State. Gulibon won the last meeting between the two, and has been wrestling well lately. Should be delightful.

Dardanes Dziewa

141 pounds, Wrestlebacks: No. 5 Josh Dziewa over No. 6 Nick Dardanes (Minnesota), 18-4

Dziewa went tilt crazy in this match. Up 8-0 after the first period, then 14-1 after two. Good, good win for him in the wrestlebacks.

Wrestlebacks: No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) over Dziewa, 9-3

Mayes scored four takedowns in the final two periods to win. Tough way to go out for Dziewa.

Up next: None. Dziewa is done.

149 pounds, Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Brandon Sorensen over Clayton Ream (NDSU), 5-0

This was a frustrating match to watch, from a general wrestling fan’s perspective. Hardly any action. Neither guy really attacked. Sorensen scored a takedown in the third period after struggling to finish shots in the first. But a win’s a win, I suppose.

Wrestlebacks: Sorensen over No. 6 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan), 3-1 (OT)

Traded escapes in regulation, then Sorensen scored a takedown to win in overtime.

Up next, Blood Round: No. 7 Sal Mastriani, Virginia Tech. Simple: If Sorensen wins, he’s an All-American; if he loses, and he’s not.

174 pounds, Quarterfinals: No. 3 Mike Evans over No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota), 2-1 (OT)

Typical Evans-Storley match. Traded escapes in regulation. Evans escaped, then rode Storley out in the tiebreaker to win.

Up next, Semifinals: No. 2 Matt Brown, Penn State. Brown’s taken the last two from Evans because Evans can’t get out from bottom against Brown. We’ll see what happens here.

184 pounds, Quarterfinals: No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) over No. 9 Sammy Brooks, 3-2

Dean scored a takedown in the third period, which proved to be the difference.

Up next, Blood Round: No. 3 Blake Stauffer, Arizona State. Stauffer hasn’t exactly lived up to his No. 3 seed, but it’s the same case as Sorensen: Win, you’re an All-American; lose, you’re not.

197 pounds, Quarterfinals: No. 3 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State) over No. 6 Nathan Burak, 12-2

After a scoreless first period, Gadson turned it on, racking up three takedowns and some nearfall points in the final two periods. Rough match after a spectacular Thursday for Burak.

Up next, Blood Round: Canaan Bethea, Penn. Same as Sorensen and Brooks: Win, you’re an All-American; lose, you’re not.

Heavyweight, Wrestlebacks: No. 3 Bobby Telford pins No. 13 Tyler Deuel (Binghamton) in 1:47

Takedown, followed by turn, followed by pin. Cake stuff for Bobby.

Wrestlebacks: Telford over Collin Jensen (Nebraska), 9-2

Bobby nearly had a major, but Jensen escaped in the waning moments to make it 9-2.

Up next, Blood Round: Blaize Cabell, Northern Iowa. An in-state battle for a spot on the podium. This might be closer than people think.


1st — Ohio State, 64.5

2nd — Iowa, 47.5

3rd — Missouri, 45*

4th — Cornell, 41.5

5th — Edinboro, 40.5

*Missouri’s 174-pounder, John Eblen, was disqualified during his match with Illinois’s Zach Brunson in the wrestlebacks. Missouri was deducted all of the points Eblen had scored, plus an additional one.

Session IV begins at 7 p.m. tonight.

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