Sundell started off the match slow in the first period with a 6-2 deficit in his consolation match against Mormile of Cornell. Sundell was able to storm back and pull to within two points, but a failed attempt at a TD with no time left marked Sundell's last match as a Cyclone. L 11-9
Gallick looked mechanical in his second round match with Roberts of Cal Poly. Gallick started the first period with a TD and never looked back on his way to a 9-1 major decision that looked much like his first match.
He looks more focused than ever before. Why shouldn't he? Teyon Ware looms in the very near future.
"We kind of have a history going back to high school. I respect him a lot. He's really hard to get out of position," commented Paulson after his second round match.
"I stayed in there and kept good position with him and when I got my opportunity I took it. I got a side headlock on him and he tried to side roll me and I kind of beat him there."
Travis had a tough match against Poeta of Illinois that looked a lot like his twin brother Trent's match. But, like his brother, was able to come through with a victory over the 9th seeded Poeta, 3-1.
Travis was able to get out of a scramble that looked like an apparent Poeta TD in the first period. With the score tied at 0-0, Travis, like his brother, saw his opportunity and took a beautiful deep shot to go up 2-0. Poeta fought back hard and nearly tied the match back up with time winding down, but Travis was able to escape with a 3-1 victory.
Travis was able to avenge an earlier 5-4 loss to Poeta at the Midlands Championships.
"I had great coaches that had a
great game plan for me. I didn't chase him all over the place like I did at
Backes started out well with a 4-2 lead after the first period, but Backes was not able to hold off the attacking Dollaway of Arizona State in a 9-6 loss.
Backes held the lead for most of the match until Dollaway took the lead with a TD. That put Dollaway ahead 5-4, but Backes immediately reversed him to regain the lead at 6-5.
Dollaway escaped to tie it at 6-6, but Backes knew that he had to score because the riding time was in Dollaway's favor. Backes took a decent shot but was not able to win the scramble. Dollaway came away with the TD and the win 9-6.
With his title hopes falling short tonight, Backes will have to wrestle back for third place starting Friday morning.