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Session Four Notes: Princeton has two finalists for first time, Oregon State goes 4-for-6 in bloodround, Big Ten gets 11 finalists

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Quincy Monday of Princeton shows off the logo on his singlet after winning his NCAA semifinals bout. Photo by Sam Janicki.

Princeton put two wrestlers in the NCAA finals for the first time

It was a great day for the Princeton Tigers, which for the first time in school history has placed two wrestlers into the NCAA finals in the same year, with Pat Glory (125) and Quincy Monday (157) advancing to Saturday’s championship round. Not bad for a school which could not compete in the 2021 season, due to the decision by the Ivy League to cancel the season. Princeton has only had one NCAA champion in history, when Brad Glass won the NCAA heavyweight title in 1951. Glory, seeded No. 3, will face No. 1 seed Nick Suriano of Michigan. Monday, seeded No. 5, will battle No. 2 seed Ryan Deakin of Northwestern. The Ivy League has three finalists this year, as Cornell’s Yianni Diakomihalis will seek his third NCAA title, competing this year at 149 pounds.

Oregon State goes 4-for 6 in the blood round

We noted a strong first day for Oregon State on Thursday, which put two athletes in the quarterfinals and was in the top 10 at the time. The Beavers qualified eight wrestlers through the Pac-12 Championships, and had six of them in the bloodround, fighting for All-American honors. That means they could have had between zero and six All-Americans. How did they do? How about 4-for-6!!! Winning in the blood round to earn All-American honors were Brandon Kaylor (125), Devan Turner (133), Grant Willits (141) and Hunter Willits (157). A good showing for the Pac-12 runners-up, who now sit in 14th place.

NCAA finalists by conference

Big Ten – 11

EIWA – 3

Pac-12 – 2

ACC – 2

Big 12 - 2


Semifinalists with Olympic medalist fathers

Vito Arujau (Cornell), father Vougar Orudzhev won 1992 Olympic bronze for the Soviet Union.

Quincy Monday (Princeton), father Kenny Monday won 1988 Olympic gold, 1992 Olympic silver for the USA

Can Michigan win an NCAA team title in their home state? It has happened 18 previous times

Michigan, in its 100th year as a wrestling program, is attempting to win its first NCAA Div. I team title with the event being hosted in its home state in Detroit. You might think that it is a rare thing for a university to win an NCAA title being held in its state. However, in wrestling, this has happened a bunch of times. In fact, it has occurred 18 times. Many times, it happened right on their campus. A few times, it has been in another campus within the state. Iowa won NCAA titles at Iowa State in 1975, 1985 and 1993, and at UNI in 1997. Oklahoma State won an NCAA title held at OU in 1954. Penn State has won NCAA titles in three locations in the state, on its State College campus in 1953, in Philadelphia in 2011 and in Pittsburgh in 2019.

2019 – Champion: Penn State, held in Pittsburgh

2011 - Champion: Penn State, held in Philadelphia

2006 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held in Oklahoma City

1997 – Champion: Iowa, held at Northern Iowa

1995: Champion: Iowa, held at Iowa

1993 – Champion: Iowa, held at Iowa State

1991 – Champion: Iowa, held in Iowa

1989 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held in Oklahoma City

1985 – Champion: Iowa, held at Iowa State

1983 – Champion: Iowa, held at Iowa

1979 – Champion: Iowa, held at Iowa State

1962 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held at Oklahoma State

1956 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held at Oklahoma State

1954 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held at Oklahoma (OU)

1953 - Champion: Penn State, held at Penn State

1950 – Champion: Northern Iowa, held at Northern Iowa (then called Iowa State Teachers College)

1946 – Champion: Oklahoma State, held at Oklahoma State

1931 – Champion: Indiana, held at Indiana

Senior World and Olympic Team members in the semifinals

(in men’s freestyle, except when noted)

Daton Fix (Oklahoma State), 2019 and 2021 U.S. Senior World Team (2021 World silver)

Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), 2021 World Team

Cameron Amine (Michigan), 2019 San Marino World Team

Myles Amine (Michigan), 2019 San Marino World Team, 2020 San Marino Olympic team (2020 Olympic bronze)

Gable Steveson (Minnesota), 2020 U.S. Olympic Team

Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State), 2021 U.S. World Team in Greco-Roman

Additional Notes from various college sports information directors

• By reaching the semifinals and earning All-American status, Patrick Glory becomes only the second Princeton wrestler to be a three-time All-American, joining Matthew Kolodzik (Class of ’21).

• Iowa has crowned at least one All-American in 51 consecutive NCAA tournaments, a stretch dating back to 1972.

• This afternoon, Austin DeSanto became the 23rd four-time All-American in the history of the Hawkeye wrestling program, and shortly after, Jacob Warner became its 24th four-time All-American.

Session IV semifinals upsets – lower seed beats higher seed in match

141 - No. 15 Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina) dec. No. 6 Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh), UTB 2-2

197 - No. 6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. No. 2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming), 6-4

165 - No. 5 Shane Griffith (Stanford) dec. No. 1 Evan Wick (Cal Poly), 7-5

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