It was some great action with a large amount of upsets that wrapped up the first day of the 53rd Midlands.
Even before we got to the quarterfinals, Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) fell to Matthew Kolodzik who is in a "gray shirt" year before enrolling at Princeton. Kolodzik seemed to have an answer for every attack and beat Ashnault to spots in scrambles and rode him tough to earn an 11-4 win.
Another Princeton wrestler made a splash when Abe Ayala edged (2 seed and ranked 3rd nationally) Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 8-7. Ayala has three losses on the season but two of them are to Dudley (Nebraska) and Brown (Lehigh). If the weight cut continues to go smoothly, Ayala is a real threat at 184.
We were looking forward to seeing Amarveer Dhesi (Oregon State) in his first major folkstyle tournament in almost two full calendar years. He dropped his quarterfinal to Tanner Hall (Arizona State) 6-5 though which makes you wonder if it's going to be another year of folkstyle struggles despite freestyle success.
After an up and down season last year at 133 that resulted in an 0-2 finish at the NCAA's, Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven) is wrestling unattached at the Midlands and looking amazing. He knocked off 8-seed Jauch (Northern Iowa) 6-1 and then beat 1-seed Mecate (Old Dominion) 3-2. Mecate has been ranked in the top 5 in most polls recently making this a significant upset.
Perry will face former NCAA finalist, Andrew Long (Grand View) in the semis today. Long continues to look great and focused after battling his adversity that has led him off D1 rosters. Even though his wounds are self-inflicted, he is a young guy who appears to be making better decisions. That's something I know I can root for.
The semis should start at 1pm EST with live streams provided by BTN2GO
To me, Sorensen (Iowa) vs Sueflohn (Nebraska) and David Taylor (University of Magic) vs Sammy Brooks (Iowa) are can't miss television. I was getting ready to make comparisons of other guys who never got over the hump with Sueflohn but then he came back and pinned Clagon (Rider). Taylor should dominate his way to this title, but it'll be interesting to see how he handles the very physical Brooks and how Brooks, undefeated this season, attempts to win this match.
No. 2 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) dec. Kegan Calkins (Oregon State), 2:53
No. 16 Josh Rodriguez (North Dakota State) dec. Alex Madrigal (Old Dominion), 2-1
No. 10 Tim Lambert (Nebraska) dec. Brandon Jeske (Old Dominion), 7-1
No. 6 Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) maj. dec. Garrison White (Northwestern), 13-4
No. 2 Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. Angelo Amenta (Columbia), 7-1
Emilio Saavedra (Old Dominion) dec. No. 17 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 4-2 SV
No. 18 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa) dec. Cameron Kelly (Ohio), 10-5
No. 20 Anthony Giraldo (Rutgers) dec. No. 5 Earl Hall (Iowa State), 5-4
Ronnie Perry (Lock Haven) dec. No. 3 Chris Mecate (Old Dominion), 3-2
Andrew Long (Grand View) pinned Danny Sabatello (Purdue), 6:09
Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. No. 19 Rick Durso (Franklin & Marshall), 6-3
No. 20 Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois) dec. No. 5 Kevin Jack (North Carolina State), 4-2 SV
No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Ken Theobold (Rutgers), 9-5
No. 7 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) pinned No. 14 B.J. Clagon (Rider), 6:47
No. 4 Alexander Richardson (Old Dominion) dec. Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 11-9
No. 3 Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) dec. No. 16 Gabe Moreno (Iowa State), 8-2
No. 6 Cody Pack (South Dakota) pinned Markus Scheidel (Columbia), 5:52
No. 11 John Boyle (American) dec. Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa), 3-1 SV
No. 20 Chad Walsh (Rider) pinned No. 15 Lou Mascola (Maryland), 6:21
No. 7 Thomas Gantt (NC State) maj. dec. No. 16 Edwin Cooper (Iowa), 17-6
Adam Fierro (CSU Bakersfield) dec. Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 6-4
No. 15 Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State) pinned Patrick Rhoads (Iowa), 0:46
No. 6 Chad Welch (Purdue) by medical forfeit over No. 13 Clark Glass (Oklahoma)
Mitch Wightman (American) dec. Seth Thomas (Oregon State), 8-4
No. 3 Alex Meyer (Iowa) dec. Phil Bakuckas (Rutgers), 3-1
No. 9 Cody Walters (Ohio) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 7-2
No. 13 Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton) dec. Jacob Holschlag (Northern Iowa), 9-5
No. 12 Micah Barnes (Nebraska) dec. Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), 6-5
David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC) tech. fall Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), 15-0
No. 7 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) dec. No. 12 Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota State), 5-2
No. 8 T.J. Dudley (Nebraska) dec. No. 17 Pete Renda (NC State), 6-5
No. 16 Abram Ayala (Princeton) dec. No. 3 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion), 8-7
No. 4 Nathan Burak (Iowa) dec. No. 17 Michael Boykin (North Carolina State), 8-2
No. 16 Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska) dec. No. 13 Brett Harner (Princeton), 3-1 SV
Derek White (Nebraska) dec. No. 11 Phil Wellington (Ohio), 7-4
Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers) dec. Josh DaSilveira (Arizona State), 11-5
No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) maj. dec. No. 15 Collin Jensen (Nebraska), 11-3
No. 8 Sam Stoll (Iowa) dec. No. 9 Billy Smith (Rutgers), 2-0
No. 11 Ross Larson (Oklahoma) dec. No. 7 Blaize Cabell (Northern Iowa), 6-3
No. 18 Tanner Hall (Arizona State) dec. No. 5 Amarveer Dhesi (Oregon State), 6-5