After Session 2: Thoughts/Analysis

Iowa moved into a tie for the lead after the second session at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. See how it happened as Brian Finley runs down each weight class in this premium analysis piece.

125 - Charlie Falck repeatedly put himself in positions that he wasn't good in. He would allow Robles, who has exceptional upper body strength, to get his hands around Charlie's legs, and he would never let go. Charlie couldn't cut corners, couldn't penetrate, and couldn't get leverage. Falck was nearly pinned on more than one occasion, something I wouldn't have though possible from a wrestler with one leg, from a leverage standpoint. Up next is Brandon Byrne of Maryland.

133 - Daniel Dennis recovered from an early deficit to put up a 9-6 victory against Tristen DeShazer of Northern Illinois. Dennis became pretty agressive in this match, and was able to finish shows inbounds more often than we'd seen in his first match. Up next he gets the #5 seed Andrew Hochstrasser from Boise State.

141 - Alex Tsirtsis had quite a while to think about his loss before wrestling his consolation match. When he showed up on the mat, he was ready to go. I didn't get a chance to watch as much of this match as I'd like, as I was busy posting photos, but from what I could tell, Tsirtsis handled his opponent well in most aspects, working to a major decision, 10-2 with riding time. Up next for Alex Tsirtsis was scheduled to be a match against Trenton Washington of UNI, but he was wheeled out on a stretcher after suffering an apparent head injury. He was moving his hands as he was taken out of the arena, but is not going to wrestle tomorrow, giving Tsirtsis two team points, on top of the half point he'll receive for advancing.

149 - Brent Metcalf got to Heinrich Barnes quicker than his first-round opponent, pushing for the pin in 3:47. Up next is Kyle Terry of Oklahoma, the #9 seed.

165 - Morningstar used a combination of tough riding and a few good scrambles to beat Lapham 2-0, moving on to a match-up with Colt Sponseller, in a rematch from Big Tens. Morningstar is showing much more offense than we've seen previously, although not necessarily finishing all the shots he should. This will help as the level of the competition increases, he won't have such a big leap to go in terms of activity on the mat.

174 - Jay Borschel nearly scored a major decision against Trevor Perry of Indiana, 8-2. Borschel used a couple of great scramble situations and defense of several shots to gain the upper hand. Next up is #5-seeded Raymond Jordan of Missouri, the host school.

184 - Phil Keddy was slowed down a bit by Patrick Flynn in this match. After an early takedown, Keddy rode Flynn for the rest of the first period, but Flynn gave him no openings for a pinning combination. After that it was tough for Phil to get himself clear for a good shot, but Phil kept trying. Up next is #7 Doug Umbehauer of Rider.

197 - Chad Beatty came out with an attitude in his only match of the session. Even when out of position, he used brute force to shove his opponent over, scoring a couple of impressive takedowns on his way to a 10-4 victory. Even as time ran out, Beatty was still trying to score another takedown to get a major decision. Up next for Beatty is Luke Feist of Stanford.

285 - Dan Erekson's run continues. He was relentless early on with his offensive attacks, particularly the blast double, and Berhow had no counter for it. Like Beatty, he came up just short of the major decision, 10-4. Up next is a huge test in #2-seed Mark Ellis from Missouri.


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