Four New York wrestlers earned bids to the quarterfinals with victories in Session 2 on Thursday night. The Cornell trio of Nahshon Garrett (125), Kyle Dake (165) and Steve Bosak (184) all advanced, as did Columbia’s Steve Santos (149). Dake and Bosak controlled their matches all the way, while Garrett and Santos came back from early deficits to get their hands raised. For more on how Session 2 went for all six of the Empire State’s Division 1 squads as well as additional New York natives, see below.
The Black Knights wrestled a number of close matches, but won’t have grapplers in the competition on Day 2.
149-pounder Daniel Young had a brutal draw, leading returning NCAA finalist Dylan Ness in the third period of his opener before the Minnesota wrestler notched a late takedown and then losing to nationally-ranked Andrew Alton. Connor Hanafee (141), Paul Hancock (165) and Bryce Barnes (197) also completed their seasons on Thursday.
Donnie Vinson rebounded from a loss earlier in the day by easily handling Clarion’s Tyler Bedelyon in his first wrestleback contest. He will be one of three Bearcats on the mat on Friday. Derek Steeley and Nate Schiedel will also compete in the consolations after Round of 16 setbacks.
133: Derek Steeley vs. Geoff Alexander (Maryland)
149: Donnie Vinson vs. Dan Osterman (Michigan St)
197: Nate Schiedel vs. Nik Brown (UTC)
After a gutsy 5-4 victory over #12 Mathew Miller in Round 1, John-Martin Cannon, dropped an 8-3 decision to returning All-American Josh Asper of Maryland. The senior will square off with Cal State Bakersfield’s Bryce Hammond in Friday’s first session.
174: John-Martin Cannon vs. Bryce Hammond (Bakersfield)
The first two Big Red grapplers to take the mat on Thursday evening got the team off to a good start. Jace Bennett responded to an early morning loss to Mario Gonzalez of Illinois by pinning Ohio State’s Andrew Campolattano at 197. Shortly afterwards, Nahshon Garrett overcame a late 3-2 deficit with a tilt and back points in the third to defeat Stanford’s Evan Silver, 5-3. With the victory, Garrett moves on to the quarterfinals against Iowa’s Matt McDonough. Also continuing on to the Round of 8 are top seeded Kyle Dake at 165, who dominated from start to finish against fellow New York native Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana) and 184-pounder Steve Bosak, who blanked Navy’s Mason Bailey, 2-0.
Returning All-American Mike Nevinger beat Lehigh’s Anthony Salupo at 141 to move forward, however, teammates Chris Villalonga (149), Jace Bennett (197) and Stryker Lane (285) were eliminated on Thursday night.
125: Nahshon Garrett vs. Matt McDonough (Iowa)
165: Kyle Dake vs. Nick Sulzer (Virginia)
184: Steve Bosak vs. Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa)
141: Mike Nevinger vs. Chris Mecate (ODU)
Fifth-seeded Steve Santos faced #12 Eric Grajales of Michigan in the Round of 16 and the Wolverine scored first, taking an early 2-0 lead. However, Santos responded with a pair of escapes and then notched a takedown with just a few seconds left in the second period to go ahead 4-2. As he has most of the season, Santos owned the final stanza, riding his opponent for the bulk of the period before adding insurance points after an escape for a 6-3 win.
EIWA finalist Matt Bystol came out on top against Davidson’s Anthony Elias in the consolations, while 174-pounder Stephen West won a 4-2 decision over Cody Weishoff of Oregon State to move on to Friday action.
133: Matt Bystol vs. Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan)
149: Steve Santos vs. Cole Von Ohlen (Air Force)
174: Stephen West vs. Nick Bonaccorsi (Pitt)
In the Round of 16, Steve Bonanno took an early lead against the #7 seed, Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina, however the Tar Heel responded to collect a 5-3 triumph. At 141, Luke Vaith dropped his bout against fourth-seeded Mitchell Port of Edinboro. Bonanno and Vaith will be joined on the mat on Friday by 133-pounder Jamie Franco, who came back from a deficit to capture a 6-4 triumph in sudden victory.
125: Steve Bonanno vs. Tyler Iwamura (Bakersfield)
133: Jamie Franco vs. Joey Ward (UNC)
141: Luke Vaith vs. Nick Hucke (Missouri)
Additional New York wrestlers remaining in the field for Day 2 are Billy Watterson of Brown at 125, Josh Veltre (165) and Nick Wilcox of Bloomsburg (133), Steven Keith of Harvard at 141, Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana at 165 and Christian Boley of Maryland at 197.
125: Billy Watterson (Brown) vs. David Thorn (Minnesota)
133: Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg) vs. Shelton Mack (Pitt)
141: Steven Keith (Harvard) vs. Bryan Pearsall (Penn State)
165: Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg) vs. Nate Moore (Iowa)
165: Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana) vs. John Staudenmeyer (UNC)
197: Christian Boley (Maryland) vs. Jake Meredith (Arizona St)