NCAA Wrestling: First Session Observations

At 133 pounds, OSU's Jon Morrison scored a head-to-head kill with a 4-0 decision over James Gulibon of Penn State. The wins over one of the other top contenders such as the Nittany Lions, Minnesota or Iowa really count toward the effort to win a national championship. Morrison gets a chance for another striking victory Thursday night, but this one with the Cowboys Bedlam rival Oklahoma.

Morrison, who is seeded fourth, will get 13th seed Cody Brewer of OU. Morrison is 3-0 this season against Brewer with wins by the scores of 8-2, 7-3, and 8-1 at the Big 12 Championships.

At 165 pounds, second seed Tyler Caldwell will wrestle the 15th seed Daniel Zilvenberg from Minnesota. Top seed Chris Perry at 174 is one win away from getting either Penn State's Matt Brown or Iowa's Michael Evans on Friday morning. Heavyweight Austin Marsden is one win away from perhaps wrestling Jonathan Gingrich of Penn State.

Lousy Start
Blake Rosholt came out at 197 pounds wrestling in the pigtails and was just flat. He never looked like he had much of a chance. I'm not sure if he is still feeling the effects of the injury, but to his credit the wrestler that beat him, Mario Gonzalez of Illinois, came back and wrestled top seed J'Den Cox tough in the first round of the championship bracket. It will be interesting to see how much fight Rosholt has for the consolation pigtail Thursday night.

Otherwise Not Bad
Oklahoma State advanced eight of its other nine wrestlers and the Cowboys finished the first session in second with 13.5 points to Penn State's 16.5 points.

You need bonus points and starting with Alex Dieringer those bonus points came in succession with his technical fall at 165 pounds. Tyler Caldwell scored a fall at 3:36, Chris Perry had an 8-0 major decision, and then at heavyweight Austin Marsden collected a major decision winning 10-2.

Freshman Nerves
Freshman 141-pounder Anthony Collica of Solon, Ohio, sure didn't appear nervous as he won his first NCAA Tournament match. Collica scored an early takedown on a single leg and then took off from there. He will wrestle second seed Logan Stieber of Ohio State on Thursday night. Stieber is really tough. A win in that match and Collica will be in a strong position to get All-American honors.

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