Just like he drew it up, confident in every position, needing to work on his attacks, it’s been a bit of the same story for Taylor Lujan this season.
And somehow he crammed it all into one match.
In a hell of a battle that had Taylor Lujan trailing for most of the way, the Panther was able to get the best of North Carolina’s Ethan Ramos 16-12 to advance to the quarterfinals. The match featured a combined six takedowns and three reversals.
Lujan trailed nearly the whole match, 6-3 after the first, 10-9 at one point in the third, before scoring a reversal and four point nearfall late in the final period to secure his place in the quarterfinals.
“Well I reckon I got nothing to lose, might as well try to make something happen,” Lujan said with his customary Georgia accent. “I feel pretty confident in my abilities when guys are on my legs.”
Unfortunately for UNI Lujan was the only Panther to make it to the quarterfinals. 149 pounder Max Thomsen fell in a close match, 10-6, to Boo Lewallen in a rematch of the Big 12 championship. Thomsen gave up an early takedown and two point nearfall and was never able to recover enough to take a lead.
184 pounder Drew Foster also fell in his second round match, dropping a 6-0 decision to Max Dean. Foster was never able to find his offense and was ridden for most of the first and second periods.
Jacob Holschlag won his first round consolation match to stay alive, 16-0 over Randall Diabe of Appalachian State. Holschlag scored a takedown and then three, four point nearfalls and a two pointer to put Diabe away. He’ll wrestle Northa Carolina’s Daniel Chaid tomorrow morning.
On the backside Jay Schwarm and Josh Alber both dropped their first round matches. Schwarm lost by fall to Cal-State Bakersfield’s Sergio Mendez, while Alber lost a a 7-3 match with Penn State’s Nick Lee.