Quarterfinals – 125: #6 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) vs Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)
It looks like we got a rematch of the Midlands finals between these two, and last time Dance was able to come out on top with a rather tricky takedown in sudden victory.
Quarterfinals – 133: #3 Cory Clark (Iowa) vs Earl Hall (Iowa State)
These two met earlier in the dual and Clark clearly controlled the match, but since then Hall had put together a fantastic season of upsets pulling hm to the top of this weight class. This next match should be a battle between the former 125 pound All-Americans
Consolation Round 2 – 141: #5 Josh Dziewa (Iowa) vs Nick Dardanes (Minnesota)
The pair are 1-1 on the year, with Dziewa getting the better of Dardanes in the Big Ten semifinals last weekend. Dziewa was able to really control the last match, and Iowa will need his points going forward.
Consolation Round 2 – 141: Dante Rodriguez (ISU) vs Lavion Mayes (Missouri)
Consolation Round 2 – 149: #4 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) vs Clayton Ream (NDSU)
Sorensen is coming an upset after being a projected semifinalist. Sorensen should be the favorite to win this match, and he will need to win this match to keep the Hawks in the team race.
Consolation Round 2 – 165: #2 Mike Moreno (ISU) vs Max Rohskopf (NCSU)
Quarterfinals – 165: #13 Cooper Moore (UNI) vs #5 Bo Jordan
Cooper Moore had a big round for UNI when he took an early 2-0 lead on Nic Sulzer of Virginia before later pinning one the weight’s top seeds. Now he’ll face one of college wrestling’s biggest freshmen stars in Ohio State’s Bo Jordan.
Consolation Round 2 – 165: Mikey England (Missouri) vs Troy Reaghard (Pittsburgh)
England will look to continue his strong tournament against Reghard of Pittsburgh.
Consolation Round 2 – 165: Dakota Friesth (Wyoming) vs #12 Dylan Placcio (Cornell)
Friesth will have another tough match against the 12 seed Placcio of Cornell.
Quarterfinals – 174: #3 Mike Evans (Iowa) vs Logan Storley (Minnesota)
It looks like we will get Evans vs Storley Part III for the season. Evans has won both meetings with both of them coming after regulation. These two are about as even s it gets.
Quarterfinals – 184: #9 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) vs Gabe Dean (Cornell)
A rematch from the national duals, Dean was able to come out on the winning end the last time these two met. Brooks was able to pick up revenge against Dom Abounader in his last match, we’ll see if he can continue his trend.
Consolation Round 2 – 184: Lelund Weatherspooon (ISU) vs Scott Patrick (Davidson)
This will be a big match for Weatherspoon who is looking to extend his NCAA tournament against Patrick, who scored a first round upset over Brett Pfarr. On paper these two should be pretty evenly matched.
Consolation Round 2 – 184: Willie Miklus (Missouri) vs Fred Garcia (Lock Haven)
Miklus picked up a first round win in exciting fashion and will look to continue that now on the backside at 184.
Quarterfinals – 197: #3 Kyven Gadson (ISU) vs #6 Nathan Burak (Iowa)
We were robbed of this match early in the season when Burak was dealing with knee issues and Gadson pinned Klapprodt in the dual. Gadson appears motivated picking up a second round fall, but Burak’s second round major decision was a pretty big win.
Consolation Round 2 – 285: #3 Bobby Telford (Iowa) vs Tyler Deuel (Bing)
Telford responded in a veteran fashion with a first period fall in the consolation bracket after he was upset in this morning’s round. That is the kind of thing Iowa is going to need to continue to stay a top this race.
Quarterfinals – 285: #7 Blaize Cabell (UNI) vs Mike McMullan (Northwestern)
Cabell has so far made it to seed making the quarterfinals. If you don’t think that is an accomplishment in itself, check out any bracket. He faces a stiff test with McMullan,, but this year anything can truly happen.
Consolation Round 2 – 285: #15 Ross Larson (Oklahoma) vs Billy Smith (Rutgers)
Larson against a tough opponent from Rutgers in Billy Smith. Smith spent part of the season in the top ten so it will be a tough match for the former Ankeny wrestler.