Penn State went 7-1 in the championship bracket and picked up another win in consolation action. The Nittany Lions will send seven wrestlers to the quarterfinals Friday morning while two other Lions are alive in consolation action. Penn State is in first place with 38.5 points while Minnesota is in second with 33.0. Cornell follows in third with 27.5 while Oklahoma State (26.5) and Iowa (26.0) round out the top five.
True freshman Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), the No. 10 seed at 125, got Penn State off to a fast start with a thrilling 7-3 win over No. 7 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma. Megaludis roared back from a 3-0 deficit with seven third period points to grab the win and move into the quarterfinals Friday morning. Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), the top seed at 149, followed that win up with a hard fought 6-5 decision over Oregon States Scott Sakaguchi to move into the quarters as well, getting the decisive point on riding time. Redshirt freshman Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), the No. 7 seed at 157, took down No. 10 Anthony Jones of Michigan State in the second round, using a riding time point to post a 2-1 win and move into the quarters.
All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), the top seed at 165, notched his second straight first period pin of the day, pinning Chattanoogas Brandon Wright at the 1:51 mark. That win moved Taylor into the quarterfinals Friday morning. Taylors pin was followed quickly, on the same mat (mat 8) by All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), the top seed at 174. Ruth got his second straight first period pin of the day as well, finishing off a cradle and pinning Missouris Dorian Henderson at the 1:25 mark. Ruth, like Taylor, moved into the quarterfinals.
Defending National Champion Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), the No. 6 seed at 184, continued Penn States bonus point blitz with an impressive 10-2 major over No. 11 Ben Clymer of Hofstra. Wright used a late takedown and riding time to get the majors bonus point and move into the quarters. True freshman Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.) was downed by No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell, falling 22-7. Senior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), the No. 6 seed at heavyweight, closed out Penn States second round in the championship bracket with a solid 8-2 win over Cornells Maciej Jochym. Wade used two reversals to secure the victory and move into the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) closed out Penn States outstanding evening session (and first day) by staying alive in consolation action at 133. Martellotti used a third period reversal to post a 2-1 win over Frank Lomas of CS-Bakersfield and will continue consolation action Friday morning as well.
2012 NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS – Top 10 Team Standings Session 2
Thursday, March 15, 2012 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, Mo.
1: PENN STATE – 38.5
2: Minnesota – 33.0
3: Cornell – 27.5
4: Iowa – 26.0
5: Oklahoma State – 25.5
6: Illinois – 23.0
7: Oklahoma – 19.5
8: Ohio State – 19.0
9: Lehigh – 18.0
9: Northwestern – 18.0
The following is a weight-by-weight breakdown/agate of Penn States tournament to date:
125: Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), Fr. – #10 seed – 26-7 overall
1st Rd: W, 13-5 maj. dec. Michael Martinez, Wyoming
2nd Rd: W, 7-3 dec. #7 Jarrod Patterson, Oklahoma
True freshman Nico Megaludis opened up his first NCAA Championship tournament with an impressive win over fifth-year senior Michael Martinez of Wyoming. Megaludis dominated the action from start to finish and posted the 13-5 major decision, picking up an early bonus point for Penn State.
In the second round, Megaludis roared back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period to score seven unanswered points to post a 7-3 win over No. 7 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma. Megaludis used an escape, a takedown, three back points and 1:37 in riding time to roll to the win.
133: Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), So. – unseeded – 9-10 overall
1st Rd: LBF #1 Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State (2:06)
Cns 1: W, 2-1 dec. Frank Lomas, CS-Bakersfield
Cns 2: Friday
Sophomore Frank Martellotti made his NCAA Championship debut against the tournaments No. 1 seed, Oklahoma States Jordan Oliver. Martellotti got taken down early by the top seed and then pinned at the 2:06 mark.
The true sophomore rebounded in the first round of wrestle backs, getting a reversal in the third period to post an important 2-1 decision over UC-Bakersfields Frank Lomas. The win kept Martellotti alive and moved him into the second round of wrestle backs.
149: Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), Sr. – #1 seed – 30-0 overall
1st Rd: W, 9-0 maj. dec. Chris Villalonga, Cornell
2nd Rd: W, 6-5 dec. Scott Sakaguchi, Oregon State
Top seed Frank Molinaro began his quest for an NCAA title and his fourth All-America honor with a dominating 9-0 major over Cornells Chris Villalonga at 149. Molinaro recorded three takedowns, an escape, a stall point and a riding time point off 4:07 in time to coast to the win.
In the second round, Molinaro battled through a tough match-up with Oregon States Scott Sakaguchi. The Nittany Lion senior used a solid 2:27 riding time edge for the decisive point in a 6-5 win to more into the quarterfinals.
157: Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), Fr. – #7 seed – 26-5 overall
1st Rd: W, 12-4 maj. dec. Jake OHara, Columbia
2nd Rd: W, 2-1 dec. #10 Anthony Jones, Michigan State
Redshirt freshman Dylan Alton made his NCAA Championship debut in fine fashion with a dominating 12-4 major over Columbias Jake OHara. Alton rolled up 3:01 in riding time for the important team bonus point.
In the second round, Alton used a strong third period ride to build up a riding time edge and grab an important 2-1 win over No. 10 Anthony Jones of Michigan State. Each wrestler had an escape and Altons 1:14 in riding time provided the difference as the Lion freshman moved into the quarterfinals.
165: David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), So. – #1 seed – 29-0 overall
1st Rd: WBF over Corey Lear, Bucknell (1:40)
2nd Rd: WBF over Brandon Wright, UT-Chattanooga (1:51)
Top-seed David Taylor opened up his run towards NCAA glory with a quick pin of Bucknells Corey Lear. Taylor notched an early takedown and the turned the Bison to his shoulders for a quick first period fall at the 1:40 mark.
Taylor needed just :11 more seconds in his second round match-up. Taylor turned another first period takedown into a pin, getting the fall at the 1:51 mark over UT-Chattanoogas Brandon Wright. Taylors second straight pin moved him into the quarterfinals.
174: Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), So. – #1 seed – 28-0 overall
1st Rd: WBF over Jim Resnick, Rider
2nd Rd: WBF over Dorian Henderson, Missouri (1:25)
Top-seed Ed Ruth began his quest for an NCAA crown with a quick pin over Riders Jim Resnick. Ruth turned his second takedown of the first period into a cradle and got the fall at the 1:42 mark.
Ruth needed even less time in his second round match-up with Missouris Dorian Henderson. The Lion sophomore turned a first period takedown into a quick cradle and got the fall at the 1:25 mark, moving into the quarterfinals.
184: Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), Jr. – #6 seed – 28-3 overall
1st Rd: W, 11-0 maj. dec. Thomas Ferguson, North Carolina
2nd Rd: W, 10-2 maj. dec. #11 Ben Clymer, Hofstra
Defending national champion Quentin Wright began the defense of his NCAA title with a resounding 11-0 major decision over North Carolinas Thomas Ferguson. Wright used a late takedown and three near fall points to collect the bonus point.
Wright then hammered No. 11 Ben Clymer of Hofstra in the second round, using a late takedown and 2:28 in riding time to post a 10-2 major decision and move into the quarterfinals. The major also added important bonus points to the Lions tally.
197: Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), Fr. – unseeded – 18-9 overall
1st Rd: W, 9-3 dec. Taylor Meeks, Oregon State
2nd Rd: L, 7-22 tech fall #1 Cam Simaz, Cornell (TF; 7:00)
Cons Rd 2: Friday
True freshman Morgan McIntosh made his first NCAA Championship appearance against Oregon States Taylor Meeks. McIntosh turned the Beaver to his back twice in the third period for three-point near falls and rolled to a 9-3 win in his NCAA tournament debut.
In the second round, the true freshman ran into top seeded Cornell senior Cam Simaz and suffered a 22-7 tech fall defeat at the 7:00 mark on riding time. The loss sent McIntosh into the consolation second round.
285: Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio.), Sr. – #6 seed – 28-4 overall
1st Rd: W, 17-2 tech fall over Quintas McCorkle, Clarion (TF; 7:00)
2nd Rd: W, 8-2 dec. Maciej Jochym, Cornell
Senior Cameron Wade, the No. 6 seed at heavyweight, began the 2012 NCAA Championships with a superb 17-2 technical fall over Clarions Quintas McCorkle. Wade picked up a last second takedown and, with the riding time point, picked up the tech fall at the 7:00 mark for 1.5 team bonus points.
In the second round, Wade used a six point first period to roll to an 8-2 win over Cornells Maciej Jochym. The Lion senior notched a takedown, two back points and a reversal in the first period and then a reversal in the third to roll into the quarterfinals.