# 9 Dylan Peters (UNI) 18-3 vs #15 David Terao 28-6
Peters pinned his way through the bloodround, catching both Josh Rodriguez and #5Ryan Millhof to advance to the consolation semifinals, where he’ll have a rematch against Terao from last years’ NCAA tournament. Terao has had a good run this year, making the semifinals on the championship side, and I’d expect him to try to keep away from Peters’ tieups and definitely stay out of the cow catcher.
7th place match
# 8 Earl Hall (Iowa State) 32-9 vs Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) 24-8
Rauser has wrestled through the entire wrestleback bracket, falling to Nebraska’s Montoya after the bloodround. Hall lost to Penn State’s #5 Jordan Conaway 7-2 in a bit of a mismatch for the Cyclone. Hall did become a two-time All-American by defeating Pittsburgh’s Dom Forys 13-7, and, like I’ve been saying all weekend, will have to stay on his offense to earn 7th place.
Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) 27-11 vs #8 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) 15-3
The great run for the Cyclone on the championship side came to an end when he dropped a 8-2 decision to Myles Martin from Ohio State in the semifinals. Weatherspoon will take on Virginia Tech’s Zach Epperly for the second time this season, Weatherspoon won a close 4-1 match back in November. Hopefully Weatherspoon won’t suffer any negative effects from falling in the semifinals and wrestle a solid match.
#14 Willie Miklus (Missouri) 21-6 vs #8 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) 32-7
Miklus had a nice run on the championship side of the bracket, making the semifinals but ultimately losing to the same opponent Sammy Brooks did in TJ Dudley, 12-4. The Tiger has Boyd of Okie State in the consolation semis, after Boyd dropped to the consolation bracket against #1 Gabe Dean in the quarterfinals. Miklus can’t afford to go down early to Boyd as he had done in a few of his earlier matches, and this should be the first of two really good matches at 184 pounds.
7th place match
#2 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) 27-5 vs #10 Nate Brown (Lehigh) 25-6
Brooks obviously had a very disappointing match with Navy’s Mathew Miller in the previous round, and now finds himself in the 7th place match against Lehigh’s Nate Brown. Brown is a dangerous opponent who is very strong, and could give Brooks problems if he’s not ready to go right off the bat. This should be a really good match.
#4 Nathan Burak (Iowa) 26-3 vs Patrick Downey (Iowa State) 10-3
Burak dropped a close 4-2 match with Morgan McIntosh in the semifinals, but couldn’t get by the number one seed. Downey dropped a major decision to Brett Pfarr in the quarters but then came back with two nice wins to secure his All-American status. This is the first Iowa/Iowa State matchup of the tournament and although the team race is out of reach for both squads it still means a lot. It will be interesting to see if Burak can score on Downey’s tough, upper body style of wrestling.