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Penn State clinches team title in Session V, as 10 bronze medalists determined at 2022 NCAA Championships

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) and Grant Willits (Oregon State) in a scramble in their 141-pound bronze bout. Rivera won, now a 5-time All-American. Photo by Sam Janicki.

DETROIT, Mich. – Ten All-Americans finished their weekend with a big win to claim third-place in their weight class during Session V of the 2022 NCAA Championships at Little Caesars Arena, which included both the consolation semifinals and the medal matches.

The team race for first place is now over, as No. 1 ranked Penn State cannot be caught. The Nittany Lions have won their 10th overall team title, and ninth under head coach Cael Sanderson. The session ended with Penn State at 111.5 points, 20.5 points ahead of second place Michigan. Iowa is in third with 74 points, followed by Arizona State with 66.5 points.

This session marked the last match of numerous careers, including two five-time All-Americans, Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers, who was third at 141 pounds, and Hayden Hidlay of NC State, who was third at 174 pounds. The ability to have five All-American honors included the 2020 NWCA All-American honors (the year that the NCAAs were cancelled) as well as the 2021 season not counting towards eligibility.

Medal Match Summaries

Vito Arujau of Cornell got his offense untracked in the 125-pound third-place bout. Scoring multiple takedowns, and securing a riding time point in a 10-2 major decision over Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern. Patrick McKee of Minnesota was fifth, beating Brandon Courtney of Arizona State, 8-3. Seventh went to Eric Barnett of Wisconsin, who pinned Oregon State’s Brandon Kaylor in 4:44.

Austin DeSanto of Iowa looked strong early in the 133-pound third-place bout, defeating Michael McGee of Arizona State, 7-4. DeSanto had two first-period takedowns. McGee made it interesting in the third period, closing the gap to 5-4 with an escape and takedown. But DeSanto escaped and added a riding time point. Lucas Byrd of Illinois placed fifth, pinning Korbin Myers of Virginia Tech in 6:59. Seventh place went to Chris Cannon of Northwestern with a 5-4 win over Devin Turner of Oregon State.

Winning his last college match was Rivera of Rutgers, who secured a 6-5 win over Grant Willits of Oregon State for third place at 141 pounds. Rivera scored the first takedown and led 3-1, but Willits battled back late to get within one point. Rivera won three of his five All-American honors for Northwestern. Cole Matthews of Pitt placed fifth, with a 7-3 win over Real Woods of Stanford. Seventh place went to Jakob Bergeland of Minnesota, with a 10-0 major decision over CJ Composto of Penn.

In another wide open match between Bryce Andonian of Virginia Tech and Austin Gomez of Iowa State, Andonian emerged with a 10-6 victory. In the quarterfinals, many points went up on the board before Andonian pinned Gomez in 6:30. In this bout, Andonian got his offense going first, jumping to 6-2 and 7-4 leads. Gomez scored two third-period takedowns to make it close, but an Andonian takedown with 12 seconds to go clinched the win. Taking fifth was Sammy Sasso of Ohio State, 5-4 winner over Jonathan Millner of App State. Tariq Wilson closed out his NC State career with seventh place, beating Kyle Parco of Arizona State, 14-2.

Rebounding from a second round loss to take third at 157 was 2021 NCAA champion David Carr of Iowa State, who stopped Peyton Robb of Nebraska, 7-2. Carr scored the first period takedown, and added a reversal, near fall and riding time in the third period. Carr won six straight bouts to get third. Placing fifth was Michigan’s Will Lewan, who scored a sudden victory overtime takedown to beat Jacori Teemer of Arizona State. Hunter Willits of Oregon State was seventh, in a medical forfeit over 2021 NCAA champion Austin O’Connor of North Carolina.

Evan Wick of Cal Poly won a tight 3-2 match over Cameron Amine of Michigan for third place at 165 pounds. Wick scored a second-period takedown and Amine had two escapes. Fifth went to Alex Marinelli of Iowa, in a forfeit over Dean Hamiti of Wisconsin. Carson Kharchla of Ohio State was seventh, stopping Peyton Hall of West Virginia, 3-2.

Hayden Hidlay finished his career with a 12-4 major decision over Michael Kemerer of Iowa. Kemerer scored first, but Hidlay scored a takedown and two-point near fall to get a lead he did not lose. Trent scored a second period takedown and two third-period takedowns. Logan Massa of Michigan was fifth, beating Dustin Plott of Oklahoma State, 5-1. Seventh went to Mikey Labriola of Nebraska, a 3-2 winner over Clay Lautt of North Carolina.

Parker Keckeisen of UNI scored a clutch takedown in the third period to break a 4-4 tie, giving him a 6-4 decision over Bernie Truax of Cal Poly for third place at 184 pounds. Keckeisen scored the first takedown, but a Truax takedown in the second period tightened up the bout. Trent Hidlay of NC State finished fifth, beating Kaleb Romero of Ohio State, 3-2. Marcus Coleman of Iowa State finished seventh, stopping Jonathan Loew of Cornell, 8-3.

Wyoming’s Stephen Buchanan closed out his tournament with a 1-0 victory over Rocky Elam of Missouri at 197 pounds. The lone point came with Buchanan getting a second-period escape. Fifth went to Younger Bastida, the Cuban immigrant who competes for Iowa State, who pinned Gavin Hoffman of Ohio State in 2:29. Seventh was earned by Eric Schultz of Nebraska, 3-2 winner over Greg Bulsak of Rutgers.

Jordan Wood ended his career without a match, taking third place in a medical forfeit against Greg Kerkvliet of Penn State. Fifth went to Mason Parris of Michigan, who scored a third-period takedown in an 8-5 win over Lucas Davison of Northwestern. Seventh went to Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi, a 2-0 winner over Christian Lance of Nebraska.

Team Race

Second place Michigan had four athletes in the consolation semifinals, hoping to pick up at least 3.5 points available in each match, plus any bonus points. Penn State only had one wrestler in that round, with a 23.5 lead.

Cameron Amine got it done for the Wolverines at 165 pounds, beating Dean Hamiti of Wisconsin by decision to advance to the third-place bout. However, Will Lewan was beaten by 2021 national champion David Carr of Iowa State at 157, and Logan Massa dropped a sudden victory overtime match to Michael Kemerer of Iowa at 174 pounds.

The only head-to-head match between Michigan and Penn State in the consolation finals was at 285, where 2021 NCAA runner-up Mason Parris squared off with Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet in the final match of that round. They were the only wrestlers competing at the time, with the other three mats empty.

Kerkvliet scored the first takedown to lead 2-0, followed by a Parris escape to make it 2-1. In the second period, Kerkvliet got an escape and a takedown to lead 5-1. Kerkvliet rode out Parris and added a riding time point to win 6-1, effectively finishing off hopes for Michigan to catch Penn State. Penn State had 111.5 points, while Michigan was stuck at 88.

Iowa was at 69.5 points in third after the consolation semifinals, with Arizona State in fourth with 66.5 points. Iowa went 2-1 in the round, while Arizona State went 1-2 in the round.

Penn State’s title was nailed down in the medal match round. Michigan needed pins in all their matches, and when Will Lewan of Michigan placed fifth at 157, with an overtime decision, there was no other route for Michigan to win.

The gold-medal finals are at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on ESPN.

At Detroit, Mich., March 19, 2022

Medal Match Results

125 pounds
3rd Place Match - Vito Arujau (Cornell) maj. dec. Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) (MD 10-2)
5th Place Match - Patrick McKee (Minnesota) dec. Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) (Dec 8-3)
7th Place Match - Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) pin Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State) (Fall 4:44)

133 pounds
3rd Place Match - Austin DeSanto (Iowa) dec. Michael McGee (Arizona State)(Dec 7-4)
5th Place Match - Lucas Byrd (Illinois) pin Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) (Fall 6:59)
7th Place Match - Chris Cannon (Northwestern) dec. Devan Turner (Oregon State) 24-9 (Dec 5-4)

141 pounds
3rd Place Match - Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) dec. Grant Willits (Oregon State) (Dec 6-5)
5th Place Match - Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh) dec. Real Woods (Stanford) (Dec 7-3)
7th Place Match - Jakob Bergeland (Minnesota) maj. dec. CJ Composto (Pennsylvania) (MD 10-0)

149 pounds
3rd Place Match - Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech) dec. Austin Gomez (Wisconsin) (Dec 10-6)
5th Place Match - Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) dec. Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State) (Dec 5-4)
7th Place Match - Tariq Wilson (NC State) 19-2 won by major decision over Kyle Parco (Arizona State) (MD 14-2)

157 pounds
3rd Place Match - David Carr (Iowa State) dec. Peyton Robb (Nebraska) (Dec 7-2)
5th Place Match - Will Lewan (Michigan) dec. Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) (SV-1 4-2)
7th Place Match - Hunter Willits (Oregon State) med. fft. Over Austin O`Connor (North Carolina) (For.)

165 pounds
3rd Place Match - Evan Wick (Cal Poly) dec. Cameron Amine (Michigan) (Dec 3-2)
5th Place Match - Alex Marinelli (Iowa) forfeit Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin) (For.)
7th Place Match - Carson Kharchla (Ohio State) dec. Peyton Hall (West Virginia) (Dec 3-2)

174 pounds
3rd Place Match - Hayden Hidlay (NC State) dec. Michael Kemerer (Iowa) (MD 12-4)
5th Place Match - Logan Massa (Michigan) dec. Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State) (Dec 5-1)
7th Place Match - Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) dec. Clay Lautt (North Carolina) (Dec 3-2)

184 pounds
3rd Place Match - Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) dec. Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) (Dec 6-4)
5th Place Match - Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) (Dec 3-2)
7th Place Match - Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) dec. over Jonathan Loew (Cornell) (Dec 8-3)

197 pounds
3rd Place Match - Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) dec. Rocky Elam (Missouri) (Dec 1-0)
5th Place Match - Yonger Bastida (Iowa State) pin Hoffman (Ohio State) (Fall 2:29)
7th Place Match - Eric Schultz (Nebraska) dec. Greg Bulsak (Rutgers) (Dec 3-2)

285 pounds
3rd Place Match - Jordan Wood (Lehigh) med. forfeit Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) (M. For.)
5th Place Match - Mason Parris (Michigan) dec. Lucas Davison (Northwestern) (Dec 8-5)
7th Place Match - Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. Christian Lance (Nebraska) (Dec 2-0)

Team Standings after session five

1 Penn State 111.5
2 Michigan 91.0
3 Iowa 74.0
4 Arizona State 66.5
5 Nebraska 59.5
6 Northwestern 53.5
7 Virginia Tech 52.5
8 Cornell 50.5
9 NC State 49.0
10 Missouri 45.5
11 Minnesota 44.5
11 Oregon State 44.5
13 Ohio State 44.0
14 Oklahoma State 38.5
14 Wisconsin 38.5
16 Princeton 38.0
17 Iowa State 37.0
18 North Carolina 32.0
19 Stanford 31.5
20 Northern Iowa 28.5

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