Round of 16 – 125: #6 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) vs #11 Jordan Conaway (Penn State)
This match should favor Gilman considering he has won both meeting this year, but Conaway has kept it close on both occasions. This is looking more and more like a pivotal match for the team race.
Consolation Round 1 – 125: #9 Dylan Peters (UNI) vs #8 Tyler Cox (Wyoming)
I am sure Cox was none too happy that he drew two time NCAA champion to start his tournament, and I am sure going up against All-American Dylan Peters will be equally upsetting. Peters is coming off an first round upset of his own and will have a long road back to the stand.
Round of 16 – 133: #3 Cory Clark (Iowa) vs #14 Rossi Bruno (Michigan)
Clark will have Big Ten foe Bruno in the next round. The pair did not meet in the dual, so this will be their first meeting.
Round of 16 – 133: #6 Earl Hall (ISU) vs #11 Danny Sabatello (Purdue)
Hall will have a tough next round opponent in Purdue’s Sabatello. Hall opened with a good first round win, but Sabetello was able to notch a few upsets of his own this season, so Hall will need to bring it.
Consolation Round 1 – 133: Jack Hathaway (Oregon State) vs Kevin Norstrem (Virginia Tech)
After dropping his first round match, Iowa CIty West graduate Jack Hathaway will look to continue his first NCAA tournament appearance against an opponent who floated around the top 20 this season. Hathaway was able to keep it close in this first round match, but he will need to get to his offense in order to stay alive.
Consolation Round 1 – 141: #5 Josh Dziewa (Iowa) vs Mike Pongracz (Chattanooga)
Dziewa getting upset in the first round is a big blow to the NCAA team race for the Hawkeyes. After putting together a nice Big Ten tournament, Hawk fans were hoping he had finally turned a corner, but now he will need to string together some matches to keep Iowa in the race.
Consolation Round 1 – 141: Dante Rodriguez (ISU) vs Tyler Small (Kent State)
Rodriguez lost a tough match to the #13 seed Cruz of Lehigh and will have a chance to make it to the second day against Small of Kent State.
Round of 16 – 149: #4 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) vs #13 Charles Cobb (Penn)
Sorensen was one of the first round bright spots for Iowa and he will need to continue his breakout season for Iowa. After taking care of business of his Illinois opponent, he will now face a much tougher challenge against Cobb.
Consolation Round 1 – 149: #9 Gabe Moreno (ISU) vs Chris Perez (Princeton)
Gabe Moreno appears to be dealing with an injury that he incurred at the Big 12 tournament.
Consolation Round 1 – 157: Mike Kelly (Iowa) vs Alex Elder (Oregon State)
Kelly had a tall task to defeat #6 Demas in his opening match and he can get some much needed points by rebounding against Oregon State’s Elder.
Consolation Round 1 – 165: Nick Moore (Iowa) vs Mitchell Polkowske (Northern Colorado)
Moore also had a difficult challenge facing Harger of Northwestern in the first round. Both guys have been close their entire careers, but Harger has finally able to pick up his first win over Moore in the series at the Midlands.
Consolation Round 1 – 165: #2 Mike Moreno (ISU) vs Seth Thomas (Oregon State)
One of the biggest upsets of the day was Iowa State losing Mike Moreno falling in his first round match. Moreno will have a long road back to the stand, but hopefully he will be able to overcome that.
Round of 16 – 165: #13 Cooper Moore (UNI) vs #4 Nic Sulzer (Virginia)
MAC champion Cooper Moore will now go on to face All-American Nic Sulzer, but if I have learned anything in the first round today, it’s that anything can happen. I am not ruling Moore out of this.
Round of 16 – 165: Mikey England (Missouri) vs #6 Taylor Walsh (Indiana)
Well England was the 4th place finisher at the MAC championships, but he just took care of the MAC runner-up in the first round so he is off to a good start to his tourney. He’ll have pinning machine Walsh this round, so we’ll see if he can keep the magic going.
Consolation Round 1 – 165: Dakota Friesth (Wyoming) vs #11 Trisitan Warner (Old Dominion)
England’s win forced Adel native Friesth to now have to face #11 seed Warner in the wrestlebacks.
Round of 16 – 174: #3 Mike Evans (Iowa) vs #14 Andy McCulley (Wyoming)
Evans wasn’t able to really get to his offense until the third period, but after not scoring a takedown in the Big Ten tournament, it was great to see Evans on the attack. This will be a big win to make the quarterfinals.
Consolation Round 1 – 174: #13 Tanner Weatherman (ISU) vs #4 John Eblen (Missouri)
One of the few Missouri wrestlers to go down in the first round, this is not what Iowa State fans wanted to see with Eblen dropping to the wrestlebacks. Weatherman is certainly talented and can pull it off.
Round of 16 – 184: #9 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) vs #9 Dom Abounader (Michigan)
A matchup of the top two seeds from the Big Ten tournament, this is a rematch I was looking forward to last week and it looks like we will finally get to see it. Brooks lost in the dual on a last second takedown, so despite being the underdog, he will be a threat.
Consolation Round 1 – 184: Lelund Weatherspooon (ISU) vs Thomas Sleigh (Bucknell)
Iowa State had a rough first round, and Weatherman can hopefully make his way back after his first round loss.
Round of 16 – 184: Willie Miklus (Missouri) vs #7 Nate Brown (Lehigh)
Miklus pulled the upset for Missouri by getting a first round fall over returning All-American Thomas of Penn. Miklus was tabbed a bracket buster and if he can keep it up Missouri will take a big step toward their first NCAA team title.
Round of 16 – 197: #6 Nathan Burak (Iowa) vs Jake Tindle (SIUE)
Burak’s major was a big win to keep Iowa in the bonus, having an unseeded second round opponent will present another opportunity to put points on the board for Iowa.
Round of 16 – 197: #3 Kyven Gadson (ISU) vs Anthony Abro (Eastern Michigan)
Gadson’s first round tech fall was probably the biggest bright spot for ISU, and with a motto “Just win 5”, Gadson is looking the part. He has four matches to go to reach his goal.
Consolation Round 1 – 197: Basil Minto (UNI) vs #14 Phil Wellington (Ohio)
Minto ran into a tough Gadson in the first round and now will face an opponent that majored him earlier this year.
Consolation Round 1 – 285: #3 Bobby Telford (Iowa) vs JJ Everard (South Dakota State)
Well losing in the first round might have been a nail in the coffin for Iowa who really need points to win this team title. Telford now has to take the long road back to third to earn his third All-American honors.
Round of 16 – 285: #7 Blaize Cabell (UNI) vs #10 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech)
A rematch of a January dual Cabell won the previous meeting 5-3. This will be a tough match, but hopefully Cabell finds a way into the quarterfinals.
Round of 16 – 285: #15 Ross Larson (Oklahoma) vs #2 Mike McMullan (Northwestern)
Larson was able to get a first round win and now he faces the top returning All-American from last year.