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Penn State puts six in semifinals to extend lead over Michigan after session three at NCAA Championships

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Returning NCAA champion Aaron Brooks of Penn State (184). Photo by Sam Janicki.


DETROIT, Mich. – No. 1 ranked Penn State advanced all six of their quarterfinalists into the semifinal round, extending their lead over Big Ten champion and host Michigan to 10.5 points during Session III of the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships at Little Caesars Arena on Friday afternoon. Penn State led by 5.5 points over Arizona State on Thursday night, while Michigan started the day in fourth place.


Competing in tonight’s semifinals for the Nittany Lions are No. 1 Roman Bravo Young (133), No. 1 Nick Lee (141), No. 1 Carter Starocci (174), No. 2 Aaron Brooks (184), No. 1 Max Dean (197) and No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet (285). All seven of these athletes are holding their seeds this tournament. None of the six PSU quarterfinal winners faced a Michigan athlete this round.


Michigan had five of their seven quarterfinalists advance to the semifinals, No. 1 Nick Suriano (125) No. 8 Will Lewan (157), No. 6 Cameron Amine (165) ,No. 3 Logan Massa (174) and No. 1 Myles Amine (184). Cameron Amine won his match against a higher seed, No. 3 Alex Marinelli of Iowa, in overtime, a key win that helped Michigan within range of Penn State. Both Michigan wrestlers who lost in the round were defeated by opponents with better seeds.


Michigan and Penn State do not have a head-to-head match in the semifinals, either. Michigan has three wrestlers left in the consolation rounds, while Penn State does not have any. Going into tonight, Penn State has 73 points, with Michigan at 62.5 points.


The Nittany Lions have four past NCAA champions in the semifinals, Bravo Young, Lee, Starocci and Brooks, while Michigan has one, Suriano, who won his title for Rutgers. Other returning or past NCAA champions in the semifinals are two-time NCAA champion Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell (149), Mehki Lewis of Virginia Tech (174) and Olympic champion Gable Steveson of Minnesota (285).


The team score jumped around between the leading programs during the session. While Penn State came in leading after day one, after the 125-pound quarterfinals ended, Michigan took the team lead. After 133, Arizona State took over the lead. After the 141-pound quarters, Penn State took back the lead, which it held for two more weight classes, until Michigan jumped back on top after 157 pounds. Penn State had it back at 165 pounds, but Michigan was on top again after 174 pounds and 184 pounds. Penn State reclaimed the team lead after 197 and extended their lead to 13.5 points after the semifinals at 285 pounds.


Session III included the quarterfinals, plus two rounds of consolations. During the consolations that were held after the semifinals ended, Michigan picked up three points on Penn State


Rounding out the top five teams after the quarterfinals are Arizona State in third with 53 points, Iowa in fourth with 37.5 points and NC State in fifth with 37 points.


Arizona State takes four into the semifinals: No. 4 Brandon Courtney (125), No. 3 Michael McGee (133), No, 3 Jacori Teemer (157) and No. 2 Cohlton Schultz (285). Iowa will be represented by two semifinalists, No. 5 Austin DeSanto (133) and No. 6 Jacob Warner (197), with four Hawkeyes defeated in the round. NC State will have the Hidlay brothers in the finals, No. 4 Hayden (174) and No. 3 Trent (184).


In the second round of consolations in the round, Michigan picked up points at 141 pounds from Stevan Micic, who defeated four-time All-American Jaydin Eierman of Iowa, the No. 2 seed who has been battling injuries during the event. The crowd applauded Eierman as he left the mat for a great career, although he will not be an All-American in his final year.


At 165 pounds, No. 1 seed Evan Wick of Cal Poly reached the finals. The only weight where the No. 1 seed did not reach the semifinals was 157 pounds, where top seed David Carr of Iowa State was beaten on Thursday night.


The lowest seed in the semifinals is No. 21 Gavin Hoffman of Ohio State, who defeated No. 13 Jake Woodley of Oklahoma, 5-3 in the quarterfinals.


The semifinals begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time and will be broadcast on ESPN.

2022 NCAA DIV. I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Detroit, Mich., March 17-19


Semifinal pairings


125 pounds

No. 1 Nick Suriano (Michigan) vs. No. 4 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State)

No. 2 Vito Arujau (Cornell) vs. No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton)


133 pounds

No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) vs. No. 5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa)

No. 2 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 3 Michael McGee (Arizona State)


141 pounds

No. 1 Nick Lee (Penn State) vs. No. 4 Real Woods (Stanford)

No. 6 Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 15 Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina)


149 pounds

No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) vs. No. 4 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State)

No. 11 Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 10 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska)


157 pounds

No. 5 Quincy Monday (Princeton) vs. No. 8 Will Lewan (Michigan)

No. 2 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) vs. No, 3 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State)


165 pounds

No. 1 Evan Wick (Cal Poly) vs. No. 5 Shane Griffith (Stanford)

No. 2 Keegan O`Toole (Missouri) vs. No. 6 Cameron Amine (Michigan)


174 pounds

No. 1 Carter Starocci (Penn State) vs. No. 4 Hayden Hidlay (NC State)

No. 2 Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 3 Logan Massa (Michigan)


184 pounds

No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) vs. No. 5 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly)

No. 2 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Trent Hidlay (NC State)


197

No. 1 Max Dean (Penn State) vs. No. 21 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State)

No. 2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) vs. No. 6 Jacob Warner (Iowa)


285 pounds

No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) vs. No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State)

No. 2 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) vs. No. 6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh)

Team Standings after Session III

1 Penn State, 73.0

2 Michigan, 62.5

3 Arizona State, 53.0

4 Iowa, 37.5

5 NC State, 37.0

6 Cornell, 34.5

7 Virginia Tech, 31.0

8 Ohio State, 29.5

9 Missouri, 28.0

10 Nebraska, 27.5

11 Stanford, 24.5

12 Oklahoma State, 23.5

13 Princeton, 23.0

14 Northwestern, 21.5

15 Cal Poly, 20.0

16 Minnesota, 19.5

16 Pittsburgh, 19.5

18 North Carolina, 18.0

19 Northern Iowa, 17.0

20 Oregon State, 16.5

20 Wyoming, 16.5

Quarterfinal results


125 pounds

No. 1 Nick Suriano (Michigan) pin No. 24 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 2:19

No. 4 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) dec. No. 5 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia), 3-2

No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton) dec. No. 11 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State) , 7-3

No. 2 Vito Arujau (Cornell) dec. No. 10 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern), 6-0


133 pounds

No. 1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) dec. No. 25 Brian Courtney (Virginia), 13-6

No. 5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 4 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) , 9-0

No. 3 Michael McGee (Arizona State) dec. No. 6 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan), 8-7

No. 2 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) pin No. 10 Chris Cannon (Northwestern), 1:53


141 pounds

No. 1 Nick Lee (Penn State) pin No. 8 Grant Willits (Oregon State), 3:45

No. 4 Real Woods (Stanford) tech. fall No. 12 CJ Composto (Pennsylvania), 16-0, 4:06

No. 6 Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) dec. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers), 7-5

No. 15 Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina) dec. No. 10 Jakob Bergeland (Minnesota), 3-0


149 pounds

No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec. No. 9 Max Murin (Iowa), 6-3

No. 4 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) dec. No. 5 Kyle Parco (Arizona State) , SV-1, 5-1

No. 11 Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) pin No. 3 Austin Gomez (Wisconsin), 6:30

No. 10 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) pin No. 2 Tariq Wilson (NC State), 4:16


157 pounds

No. 8 Will Lewan (Michigan) dec. No. 17 Hunter Willits (Oregon State), 3-1

No. 5 Quincy Monday (Princeton) dec. No. 4 Ed Scott (NC State), 5-3

No, 3 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) dec. No. 6 Jared Franek (North Dakota State), 5-3

No. 2 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. No. 7 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh), 6-2


165 pounds

No. 1 Evan Wick (Cal Poly) dec. No. 9 Peyton Hall (West Virginia), 6-2

No. 5 Shane Griffith (Stanford) dec. No. 4 Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin), 10-4

No. 6 Cameron Amine (Michigan) dec. No. 3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa), SV-1 3-1

No. 2 Keegan O`Toole (Missouri) dec. No. 7 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State), 2-0


174

No. 1 Carter Starocci (Penn State) dec. No. 9 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), 6-1

No. 4 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) dec. No. 5 Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 5-3

No. 3 Logan Massa (Michigan) dec. No. 6 Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State), 8-3

No. 2 Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 10 Clay Lautt (North Carolina), 4-2


184

No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) dec. No. 9 Zach Braunagel (Illinois), 12-5

No. 5 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) dec. No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa), 6-5

No. 3 Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. No. 6 Trey Munoz (Oregon State), 6-2

No. 2 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 7 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State), 13-2


197 pounds

No. 1 Max Dean (Penn State) dec. No. 8 Lou Deprez (Binghamton), 4-3

No. 21 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) dec. No. 13 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), 5-3

No. 6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 2-0

No. 2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) dec. No. 7 Rocky Elam (Missouri), 4-0


285 pounds

No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) dec. No. 9 Lucas Davison (Northwestern), 10-5

No. 4 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) dec. No. 12 Christian Lance (Nebraska), 7-1

No. 6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. No. 3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa), SV-1 3-1

No. 2 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) dec. No. 7 Mason Parris (Michigan), 6-5