Michigan's Adam Coon cruised through his half of the challenge tournament with a pair of technical falls. He'll meet 2015 World Team member Robby Smith who took 5th after one of the most memorable matches you'll ever see. Since Smith placed in the top 6, this weight class is qualified for the Olympics. The winner of the best 2 of 3 tonight will get to go to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.
J'Den Cox is a surprise finalist tonight at 86 kg. He'll face Kyle Dake in the best 2 of 3. Cox looked incredibly quick and sound with positioning at the NCAA's and that continued in to the Trials taking out Jake Herbert, Clayton Foster, and Keith Gavin on the way.
Tony Ramos benefited from a couple odd situations to make the finals against fellow Iowan Daniel Dennis. He got a controversial fleeing call to win 3-3 to beat Nahshon Garrett 3-3. I think the call was basically correct, but guys without the Iowa crowd probably don't get that call there. Against Coleman Scott, Ramos got taken down to make 4-4 as the match ended. Scott got up and celebrated as if he won but had scored 1-1-2 and loses on criteria since Ramos had 2-2. Criteria sucks when the competitors don't even know who won.
A perhaps more motivated Jake Varner will wrestle Kyle Snyder tonight, and also as expected, Andrew Howe will face Jordan Burroughs.
Maybe the biggest upset came on the women's side when Haley Augello knocked off the one seed Alyssa Lampe. She'll face Victoria Anthony tonight in the best 2 of 3. The women were largely straight forward with Helen Maroulis facing Whitney Condor tonight and Victoria Francis to challenge Adeline Gray.
The action resumes tonight at 6pm central time.
57 kilos: Tony Ramos vs. Daniel Dennis
74 kilos: Jordan Burroughs vs. Andrew Howe
86 kilos: J'den Cox vs. Kyle Dake
97 kilos: Kyle Snyder vs. Jake Varner
75 kilos: Andy Bisek vs. Geordan Speiller
130 kilos: Robby Smith vs. Adam Coon
48 kilos: Haley Augello vs. Victoria Anthony
53 kilos: Helen Maroulis vs. Whitney Conder
75 kilos: Adeline Gray vs. Victoria Francis