After Session 1: Thoughts and Analysis

Brian Finley is in St Louis covering the Iowa Wrestling team and their quest for a 22nd NCAA Wrestling Championship. Read a weight-by-weird synopsis of the first session, along with a look ahead to Thursday night's action.

125 - Charlie Falck came out extremely agressive in his match against Derek Reber of Bucknell. When he shot, he shot with confidence and quick finishes. When defending, he wasn't content to sit and wait for a stalemate, he was always working to improve. It was a Charlie Falck we hadn't seen in a while, and it was great to have him back. Up next he's got Anthony Robles of Arizona State, who wrestles with only one leg. Robles scored a 5-0 win over Niko Triggas in the first round. The rest of the bracket seems pretty well untouched, leading one to believe Charlie would most likely go up against Brandon Precin, should he defeat Robles.

133 - Dan Dennis' 1-point victory doesn't really tell the story of his match against Chris Notte of Oklahoma State. Dennis was the agressor for the entirety of the match. Nearly 30 seconds in the first period were spent on the edge as Notte tried to slide out of bounds. Notte eventually made it out of bounds. Several times during the match, Dennis chose an optional start, allowing Notte to get to his feet. Notte would not turn and face Dennis, instead choosing to saunter toward the edge of the mat, back to Dennis. Twice, Dennis shot hard into Notte's lower back, the second time, drawing a stall call on Notte. Late in the match, Dennis was attempting to finish another shot in-bounds, when Notte again started to slide out of bounds. This time, the referree awarded Dennis a single point, calling Notte for fleeing the mat. This isn't the first time we've seen this from Oklahoma State, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Up next, Dennis has Tristen DeShazer of Northern Illinois, who pinned Darius Little of NC State in 2:32. Dennis will need to continue to be the agressor, but maybe vary his offense a bit in order to keep his opponent in the center of the mat. The big upset at 133 pounds was a sudden-victory win by David Marble over Illinois' Jimmy Kennedy, the #2 seed.

141 - Alex Tsirtsis wrestled a typical Alex Tsirtsis type match. Shots that were never quite finished. Tsirtsis dug himself too much of a hole with too little time left and wasn't able to finish when he needed to, losing 5-4. He drops down to the consolations, where he'll face Vincent Ramirez of North Carolina, who lost a sudden victory decision to Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State. If Tsirtsis is going to make it back to third place, he's going to need to win a ton of matches in a short period of time.

149 - Brent Metcalf needed a whole 6 minutes to take care of Kevin LeValley of Bucknell in his opening match. LeValley looked to be working hard to keep Metcalf from getting a good hold of him, and flattening out on the bottom. After a few failed armbar/chicken wing attempts, Metcalf used a strange sort of throw/switch move put him on his pack and score a quick pin. Up next he's got Heinrich Barnes of Oregon State, who beat Robert Sanders of Nebraska 11-3. Barnes is coached by former Iowa head man Jim Zalesky. In other big news, unseeded Matthew Fittery scored a dominating 12-6 win over #2-seed Bubba Jenkins to knock him down into the consolations and likely take away any hope of Metcalf/Jenkins Round 5.

165 - Despite the score, Ryan Morningstar looked very good for most of this match. He was consistently taking shots throughout the length of this contest. He was active from the bottom position, scoring a quick reversal in the first period. A last-second takedown sent the match into overtime, but after working through a pretty intense scramble, Morningstar came out on top for the victory. The biggest upset of the day came when Ryan Patrovich of Hofstra scored a 5-3 win over #1-seeded and previously undefeated Mack Lewnes. Lewnes was one of four seeded 165-pounders to lose already. #9 Brandon Mason, #5 Nick Marable, and #10 Chris Brown also lost their first round matches. Up next, Morningstar will have Jason Lapham of Rider, who won 5-4 against Jeremy Brooks of Millersville.

174 - Jay Borschel had a very solid match against Shane Onufer of Wyoming. Borschel was on the offense from the opening whistle, using several pinning combinations on his way to a 13-1 major decision victory. With about 10 more seconds, Jay likely would have been able to score the pin. Up next he has Trevor Perry of Indiana. In their one meeting this season, Borschel won 10-2. Perry won his first round match with a pin, 17 seconds into the bout. The bracket remains mostly undisturbed at 174, with only a few lower-seeded wrestlers going down.

184 - Keddy didn't waste any time dispatching of Mike Moran of Buffalo. He scored an early takedown, worked for a bit, and promptly turned him over for the pin in less than 2 and a half minutes. Up next will be Patrick Flynn of Oklahoma, who scored a pin in 37 seconds against Kenneth Caldwell of Navy. Flynn and Keddy have never met in college. All 12 seeded wrestlers advanced at 184 pounds.

197 - Chad Beatty came out sporting a knee brace similar to those that the Iowa Football team's offensive linemen wear, with a neoprene sleeve over the top. From the get-go, it was clear Beatty's lower-body strength wasn't what it needed to be. When in the bottom position, Beatty was very hesitant and at times unable to put enough pressure on the knee to form a base and escape. After the Oklahoma State wrestler put nearly his entire weight on Beatty's knee, he cried out in pain and took injury time. After a minute of flexing and an adjustment to the knee brace, Beatty got back into the match, eventually pushing it to a tie late. Beatty couldn't keep up in a furious scramble (generated by a series of shots and reshots on Beatty's part) and gave up the takedown and riding time, leading to the final gap of 8-5. Beatty has John McClure of Eastern Michigan next, after McClure was majored by #9-seed Cayle Byers of George Mason.

285 - By the time I realized Dan Erekson's match had started, he already had both of Nathan Fernandez's arms bent behind his back, rolling him back and forth looking for the fall. Erekson needed only 1:48 to finish the job and move on to face Ben Berhow of Minnesota. In their one meeting this season, at National Duals, Erekson beat Berhow 3-2.

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