At the conclusion of the first round, the Big Ten continues to dominate the tournament with their perennial powers, Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, and a couple of surprise contenders at the top – Nebraska and Michigan. The returning national champions take the victory in round one by half-a-point over Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions.
A surprising Nebraska CornHuskers team is sitting in third place with 13 points on the back of their ten tournament entries. Iowa slid to fourth place after No. 13 seed Meyers lost a close match 10-9 to Gordon Wolf of Lehigh University in the 174-pound bracket.
Michigan and Mizzou bounced up to fifth, finishing in a three way tie with Oklahoma State. The Wolverines leaped into fifth place after round one with wins by Abounader, Huntley, and a Fall by Coon. J’Den Cox fall at 1:18 over Rutgers Hayden Hrymack. Oklahoma State sits at fifth with 10 points as they earned bonus points from their two-time returning national champion at 165, Alex Dieringer. Joe Smith came back in his opening match after trailing by five against Ohio State’s Jake Ryan, 11-9 in sudden victory.
N.C. State finds them self in eighth place with nine points. Their two-time national champion and No. 1 seed, Nick Gwiazdowski earned a tech fall at 7:00 (15-0) over Gage Hutchison (EMU). No. 2 seed Thomas Gantt of the Wolfpack also earned a tech fall at 5:58 (21-4) over Andrew Morse (NIU).
Session two begins tonight at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, which will include round 2 of the championship bracket, plus the first round of wrestle backs. Be sure to watch it on ESPNU and follow us on social media for updates of the top wrestlers throughout the tournament by using our handle @MyMMANews to follow.
|1.||Ohio St., OH||Ohio State, OH (GET)||OHST||8||16.5|
|2.||Penn State, PA||Penn State, PA (GET)||PSU||9||16.0|
|3.||Nebraska, NE||Nebraska, NE (GET)||NEB||10||13.0|
|4.||Iowa, IA||Iowa, IA (GET)||IOWA||9||11.0|
|5.||Michigan, MI||Michigan, MI (GET)||MICH||7||10.0|
|5.||Missouri, MO||Missouri, MO (GET)||MIZZ||9||10.0|
|5.||Oklahoma St., OK||Oklahoma State, OK (GET)||OKST||10||10.0|
|8.||NC State, NC||North Carolina State, NC (GET)||NCST||8||9.0|
|8.||Virginia Tech, VA||Virginia Tech, VA (GET)||VT||8||9.0|
|10.||Illinois, IL||Illinois, IL (GET)||ILL||6||6.5|
|10.||Rutgers, NJ||Rutgers, NJ (GET)||RUT||10||6.5|
|12.||Iowa St., IA||Iowa State, IA (GET)||ISU||6||6.0|
|12.||Lehigh, PA||Lehigh, PA (GET)||LEH||9||6.0|
|12.||Oklahoma, OK||Oklahoma, OK (GET)||OU||6||6.0|
|15.||Kent St., OH||Kent State, OH (GET)||KENT||5||5.0|
|15.||Northern Iowa, IA||Northern Iowa, IA (GET)||UNI||5||5.0|
|15.||Stanford, CA||Stanford, CA (GET)||STAN||6||5.0|
|18.||Bucknell, PA||Bucknell, PA (GET)||BUCK||6||4.0|
|18.||Cornell, NY||Cornell, NY (GET)||CORN||9||4.0|
|18.||Drexel, PA||Drexel, PA (GET)||DREX||3||4.0|
|18.||Rider, NJ||Rider, NJ (GET)||RID||6||4.0|
|18.||Wyoming, WY||Wyoming, WY (GET)||WYO||3||4.0|
|23.||Bakersfield, CA||CSU Bakersfield, CA (GET)||CSUB||5||3.5|
|24.||Campbell, NC||Campbell, NC (GET)||CAMP||2||3.0|
|24.||Central Michigan, MI||Central Michigan, MI (GET)||CMU||7||3.0|
|24.||Duke, NC||Duke, NC (GET)||DUKE||4||3.0|
|24.||Edinboro, PA||Edinboro, PA (GET)||EDIN||6||3.0|
|24.||Gardner-Webb, NC||Gardner-Webb, NC (GET)||GW||3||3.0|
|24.||Harvard, MA||Harvard, MA (GET)||HARV||3||3.0|
|24.||Indiana, IN||Indiana, IN (GET)||IND||2||3.0|
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).