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Session 1 Updates | 2017 NCAA Championships

By Brenan Lyon, 03/16/17, 7:45PM EDT


Photo: Tony Rotundo

Brenan Lyon

Brenan Lyon


Championship Round 1 Highlights:


#1 Thomas Gilman (IOWA) scores early and often, cruising to a 19-6 major dec. over Brent Fleetwood (CMU)

#2 Joey Dance (VT) earns a 17-2 tech. fall over pigtail winner, Gabe Townsell (STAN)

#4 Darian Cruz (LU) made quick work of former All-American Dylan Peters (UNI) earning a fall in 0:52

#6 Ethan Lizak (MINN) held on for a 10-8 decision over Christian Moody (OU); Lizak led this bout 7-0

#14 Freddie Rodriguez (SIUE) had one of the most impressive showings in round one, earning a first period tech. fall over Vito Pisone (APST)

#8 Nick Piccininni (OSU) recorded a fall over Elijah Oliver (IU)

Conor Youtsey (UM) falls to Drew Templeman (WYO)

Sean Fausz (NCST) WBF Noah Gonser (EMU) 3:19

Shakur Laney (OU) dec. S. Nickell (CSUB) 10-5


#1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) rolled to a 13-4 major decision Korbin Meyers (EU)

#2 Seth Gross (SDSU) controlled the match for a 5-0 victory over Billy Rappo (MD)

#3 Kaid Brock (OSU) was pushed early, but opened up the scoring late for a 12-4 major dec. over Scott Delvecchio (RUT)

#4 Cory Clark (IOWA) blanked Connor Schram (STAN) 4-0 in a battle of returning All-Americans

#5 Stevan Micic (UM) cruised to a 10-3 decision over Chris Debian (CHAT)

#9 Scotty Parker (LU) picked up an 11-3 major dec. over Colby Smith (APST)

#14 Mitch McKee (MINN) opened his first NCAA tournament with a fall over Rico Montoya (UNCO)


#1 seed and returning NCAA champ Dean Heil (OSU) survived a tough first round match, winning 6-5 against Brock Zacherl (CLAR)

#2 Kevin Jack (NCST) posted a convincing 10-0 major dec. over Ronald Perry (LHU) in the first round

#3 Joey McKenna (STAN) controlled the match for a 5-0 victory of Dylan Caruana (BING)

#4 Matthew Kolodzick (PRIN) dec. Ryan Diehl (MD) 8-3

Jack Hathaway (ORST) picked up the biggest upset so far with a second period fall over #7 Joey Ward (UNC)

Jimmy Gullibon (PSU) earned a tech. fall over Javier Gasca (MSU)

#10 Bryce Meredith (WYO) major dec. Mike Longo (OU) 10-0

#12 Luke Pletcher (OSU) dec. Salvator Profaci (UM) 8-5


#1 Zain Retherford (PSU) wins in dominating fashion, 19-2 against Josh Maruca (ASU)

#2 Anthony Collica (OKST) cruised to an 11-2 major dec. over Cole Mendenhall (WYO)

#3 Lavion Mayes (MIZZ) dec. Sahid Kargbo (GMU) 8-3

#4 Micah Jordan (OSU) earned a dominating tech. fall in round one against Troy Heilmann (UNC) 22-6

#5 Brandon Sorenson (IOWA) earned bonus points for the Hawkeyes with a first period fall over Matthew Zovistoski (APST) 2:11

#9 Justin Oliver (CMU) earned a second period fall over Eric Barone (ILL) 4:47

Andrew Crone (WISC) pulls a mild upset, beating #12 Sam Speno (NCST) at 149 pounds.

#16 Jordan Laster (PRIN) dec. Nick Barber (EMU) 5-2


#1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) rolled to a 22-7 technical fall over Thomas Bullard (NC State) at 157 pounds

#2 Michael Kemerer (IOWA) was impressive in his NCAA debut, getting a major dec. over Jake Danishek (IU) 14-3

#3 Joey Lavallee (MIZZ) made quick work of Aaron Walker (CIT) by way of fall in 1:27

#4 Tyler Berger (NEB) dec. Ryan Mosley (GW) 9-2

Paul Fox (STAN) knocked off #6 Clayton Ream (NDSU) 8-4 at 157 pounds. Ream is the highest seed (excluding med. forfeits) to lose in the first round

#7 Dylan Palacio (COR) moves on to the second round with a 9-1 major decision victory over ACC champion Taleb Rahmani (PITT)

#10 Colin Heffernan (CMU) scored a takedown in sudden victory to edge Andrew Atkinson (UV)


Two-time NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez (ILL) opened with a 14-4 major decision victory over Shaun'Qa McMurtry (NIU)

#2 Logan Massa (UM) does what Logan Massa does, earning a tech. fall over Seldon Wright (ODU) 19-3

#3 Vincenzo Joseph (PSU) controlled Keaton Subjeck (STAN) in a 5-1 victory.  Joseph avenges his earlier season loss to Subjeck

NCAA runner-up Isaac Jordan (UW) advanced to the second round by beating Lorenzo De La Riva (CSUB) by major decision, 11-2

#5 Chad Walsh (RU) major dec. Johnny Sebastian (NW) 8-0

#6 Daniel Lewis (MIZZ) major dec. Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) 8-0

#13 Brandon Womack (Cornell) hammered Joey Gunther (Iowa) 12-3

#15 Drew Hughes (MSU) dec. Kellan Torres (UNCO) 6-0


#1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) rolled to a 19-5 major dec. victory over Chris Pfarr (MINN)

#2 Brian Realbuto (COR) earned a tech. fall over Devin Skatzka (IU) 19-4

#3 Bo Jordan (OSU) posted a 10-1 major dec. over Josef Johnson (HAR)

#4 Zach Epperly (VT) controlled his bout for an 8-1 dec. over Nick Reenan (NCST)

#5 Mark Hall (PSU), the nation's No. 1 recruit in 2016, opened his NCAA tournament with an 8-2 win over David Kocer (SDSU)

Jake Residori (SIUE) upset the #7 seed Kyle Crutchmer (OKST) 6-5

#9 Myles Amine (UM) dec. Ty Schoffstall (EDIN) 6-4

Jadaen Bernstein (NAVY) knocked off No. 12 Casey Kent (PENN) at 174 pounds.

#15 Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU) dec. Peter Galli (STAN) 3-1


#1 Gabe Dean (COR) earned a 21-12 major dec. over Michael Coleman (NAVY)

#2 Bo Nickal (PSU), a returning NCAA runner-up, was unchallenged in his opening bout as he claimed a 15-0 tech. fall over Mitch Sliga (NW)

In a Big Ten battle, #3 Sammy Brooks (IOWA) topped Nick Gravina (RUT) 7-3

#4 Nolan Boyd (OKST) controlled Hunter Ritter (WISC) for a 7-1 win

#6 Myles Martin (OSU) put on a show, posting a 23-10 major dec. over Garrett Hoffman (BUCK)

#7 seed and NCAA runner-up T.J. Dudley (NEB) rolled to a tech. fall over victory over Michale Fagg-Daves (RU)

#16 Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) blanked Christian LaFragola (BROWN) 6-0


#1 seed and Olympic bronze medalist J'den Cox (MIZZ) advanced to the second round after pinning Jeric Kasunic (AMER) 2:20

#2 Brett Pfarr (MINN) major dec. Matt Correnti (RUT) 11-3

#3 Collin Moore (OSU) major dec. Malik McDonald (NCST) 16-6

#4 Jared Haught (VT) dec. Matt Williams (CSUB) 4-1

#5 Matt McCutcheon gave Penn State a bonus point victory as he pinned Christian Brunner (PU) 1:53

#6 Preston Weigel (OKST) cruised to a 7-0 victory over Marcus Harrington (ISU)

Cash Wilcke (IOWA) upset #13 Tom Sleigh (BUCK) 4-2 in sudden victory

Steban Cervantes (NAVY) upset #16 Austin Severn (CMU) 6-4 in overtime


#1 seed and Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (OSU) was dominant in a 25-10 tech. fall victory over Jake Gunning (BUFF)

#2 Connor Medbery (WISC) moved on to the round of 16 with a convincing 14-1 major decision victory over Ray O'Donnell (PRIN)

#3 Ty Walz (VT) put together a strong opening match, winning 11-4 over Benjamin Tynan (NDSU)

#4 Jacob Kasper (DUKE) dec. Gage Hutchinson (EMU) 5-0

Nick Nevills (PSU), seeded #5, won a hard-fought victory, 4-2, over Doug Vollaro (LU)

#7 Tanner Hall (ASU) was pushed in his first match, but came out on top 4-2 against Dustin Dennison (UVU)

In the final match of Session I, No. 10 Nathan Butler (STAN) edged Joey Goodhart (DREX) 3-3 victory in the second tiebreaker. The difference was 4 seconds of riding time.

Conan Jennings (NW) scored a mild upset, 4-0, over No. 11 Jared Johnson (CHAT)

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