Lions get 7 into quartes

From Mirror reports

ST. LOUIS – It was a good first day for Penn State at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The Nittany Lions advanced seven of their nine wrestlers into the quarterfinals.

Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young (133), Nick Lee (141), Brady Berge (157), Carter Starocci (174), top-seeded Aaron Brooks (184), Michael Beard (197) and Greg Kerkvliet (285) all went 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals for 125 to 157 are slated for 11 a.m. today, while the quarters for 165 to 285 begin at 2 p.m. The semifinals for all of the weights are set for 8 p.m.

It was also a good day for Central Cambria graduate and Iowa 149-pounder Max Murin. Murin, who went 0-2 in the Big Ten Championships and made the NCAAs with an at-large berth, went 2-0 against two Big Ten foes on Thursday.

Murin is one of eight Hawkeyes who advanced to the quarters and helped Iowa lead Penn State by 5.5 points, 33.5-28, in the team standings.

Murin earned an 8-7 win over Indiana’s Graham Rooks, in his first bout. He then avenged a Big Ten tournament loss to Nebraska’s Ridge Lovett, 5-3. Murin took Lovett down with 26 seconds of a tied bout and rode the rest of the way for the win.

The 12th-seeded Murin will face Oklahoma State’s fourth-seeded Boo Lewallen in the quarterfinals. Lewallen defeated Joshua Heil, 7-6, in a controversial bout that had wrestling followers buzzing on Twitter.

Speaking of controversial, Chestnut Ridge graduate and Virginia 157-pounder Justin McCoy dropped a 3-2 decision to Stanford’s Requir van der Merwe in the first round.

It appeared McCoy had gotten a takedown before the buzzer to win, but upon video review, the referee ruled no takedown. A photo circulating on Twitter captured McCoy with an apparent takedown with a second left.

McCoy was then eliminated by Oklahoma State’s Wyatt Sheets, 6-2, in his first consolation bout.

Huntingdon graduate and Edinboro 174-pounder Jacob Oliver lost by technical fall, 19-3, to Cal Poly’s Bernie Truax in the first round.

The 12th-seeded Berge had one of the biggest wins of the first day in the second round. After he won by a 12-4 major decision in the first round, he knocked off Iowa’s fourth-seeded Kaleb Young, 3-2. Young is a Punxsutawney graduate.

The second-seeded Bravo-Young dominated with a 20-5 technical fall and an 11-3 major decision over Wisconsin’s Kyle Burwick.

Nick Lee, seeded second, rolled to an 18-0 first-period technical fall in the first round and won 14-3 in the second round.

Starocci, a freshman, earned a 10-2 major decision in the first round and beat Wyoming’s Hayden Hastings, 8-2, in the second round.

Brooks, coming off of his second Big Ten title, rolled to a 17-1 technical fall in the first round and pounded out a 5-0 win over Minnesota’s Owen Webster. Brooks will wrestle Nebraska’s Taylor Venz in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the Big Ten finals.

Beard earned two major decisions, 14-4 and 17-8. The 15th-seeded freshman will face Oklahoma’s 26th-seeded Jake Woodley in the quarterfinals.

Kerkvliet rolled to an 18-0 major decision and a 12-2 major decision over Lehigh’s Jordan Wood.

Penn State’s Robbie Howard (125) went 1-1 and remains alive in the consolations. Joe Lee (165) went 0-2 and was eliminated.

First Round

Penn State Results

125–Howard, Penn State, dec. Heinselman, Ohio State, 6-4; 133–Bravo-Young, Penn State, tech. fall Carter, 20-5, 7:00; 141–N. Lee, Penn State, tech. fall Flores, Drexel, 18-0, 2:33; 157–Berge, Penn State, maj. dec. Cerniglia, Navy, 12-4; 165–Wittlake, Oklahoma State, dec. J. Lee, Penn State, 8-1; 174–Starocci, Penn State, maj. dec. Marcelli, Virginia, 10-2; 184–Brooks, PS, tech. fall Anderson, 17-1, 5:26; 197–Beard, Penn State, maj. dec. Koser, Navy, 14-4; 285–Kerkvliet, Penn State, tech. fall Birchmeier, Navy, 18-0, 2:18.

Area Results

149–Murin, Iowa, dec. Rooks, Indiana, 8-7; 157–van der Merwe, Stanford, dec. McCoy, Virginia, 3-2; 174–Truax, Cal Poly, tech. fall Oliver, Edinboro, 19-3, 3:19.

Second Round

Penn State Results

125–Lamont, Utah Valley, dec. Howard, 2-1; 133–Bravo-Young, maj. dec. Burwick, Wisconsin, 11-3; 141–N. Lee, maj. dec. Carlson, South Dakota State, 14-3; 157–Berge, dec. Young, Iowa, 3-2; 174–Starocci, dec. Hastings, Wyoming, 8-2; 184–Brooks, dec. Webster, Minnesota, 5-0; 197–Beard, maj. dec. Pentz, North Dakota State, 17-8; 285–Kerkvliet, maj. dec. Wood, Lehigh, 12-2.

Area Result

149–Murin, dec. Lovett, Nebraska, 5-3


Penn State Result

165–Nicholson, Chattanooga, dec. J. Lee, 10-4;

Area Results

157–Sheets, Oklahoma State, dec. McCoy, 6-2; 174–Oliver, dec. Fitzpatrick, American, 7-5.


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