We’re moving here in Tulsa. After a short break from the action, we’re back on the mat for the round of 16 and consolation matches. And we’re here to jot it all down for you live in real time from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
March 16-18 · Yesterday resumed at 4:00 PM UTC
2023 NCAA Tournament Watch Party
It’s raining here in Tulsa but it’s still a great evening for some NCAA wrestling in my opinion!
Another amazing performance of the national anthem and we are just minutes away.
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Round of 16
One minute into the round, Spencer Lee took a 10-0 lead over Michigan’s Jack Medley. And it’s a 16-0 technical loss to Spencer Lee. It’s very good.
Gore Faulk of Wyoming and Killian Cardinale are in a battle of 21 and 28 seeds, respectively, even though Cardinale is ranked 14th. Cardinale has shown no signs of injury that has slowed him down this season and is 5-1 after two periods. Cardinale will take it by decision and is one game away from his second AA medal.
Lock Haven’s Noto is technically the higher seed vs. Barnett’s Wisconsin Badger All-American is the highest ranked, No. 6 to No. 10. She’s 3-3 in the third. Barnett runs away to make it 4-3 in his favor late in the third game but Noto gets the takedown in the dying seconds to advance to the quarterfinals.
Jarrett Trombley and Matt Ramos in overtime, 4-4. A pair of scrambles come close to scoring for each wrestler but the score remains tied and turns into a tiebreaker. Trombley made Boilermakers fans sweat but No. 4 seed Matt Ramos survives the quarter-finals.
Nebraska’s Liam Cronin, the undefeated No. 3 seed, advances to the quarterfinals over UMD’s Braxton Brown.
Leading Glory Ungar 4-0 and pouring it on rival EIWA. The Princeton Tiger outlasts Cornell to win the Major.
Brandon Courtney ends Jack Wagner’s Cinderella show. The Sun Devil beats the Tar Heels by regular decision.
Remarkable consolation results
4th and 12th seed Northwestern’s Mike DeAugustino wins by eliminating 5th and 11th seed Caleb Smith from App State.
Ryan Miller of Penn wins by default over Oklahoma State’s Reese Whitcraft after a lengthy concussion protocol. The injuries continue to be the worst ever.
#1 Roman Bravo Young continues his run to third place. UTC’s Brayden Palmer makes it work but RBY collects the win without too much trouble.
Kay Oren of NC State is the sole representative of CSU-Bakersfield, Chance Rich. Oren takes it in the main and performs the iguana tongue ceremony (I assume) to the big wolfpack band present.
Pop alert: #19 Eddie Ventresca knocks out #7 and two-time All-American Pat McKee. This is where McKee thrives, in the consolation slice. He was eliminated early in the last NCAAs finishing third and fifth.
One of the championship’s most anticipated rounds, at least after updating the 133-pound class once Lehigh’s McGonagle scratches, begins, as Ohio State’s Michael McGee squares off with Ohio State’s Jesse Mendes. McGee didn’t let Mendez attack him and beat the freshman 6-2.
Red hot Aaron Nagao has Pitt’s Mickey Phillippi, a three-time bloodsucker looking for his first trip to the medal round in his final year of eligibility. And Nagao rolls into monster mode, running through a scramble and getting two close-ups before securing the pinfall.
Vito Urugao pulled the score on Zach Redding, at least over two periods.
Three-time NCAA runner-up Dutton Vex, who would very much like to add a title to that accolades list, is racing the early lead inside the circuit closest to his hometown of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. And it’s an 8-4 win for Fix, his 100th collegiate career win, courtesy of Arena Announcer Bryan Hazard. That’s a lot of gain!
Sam Latona, a Virginia Tech All-American via Alabama, scored another close range win, this time 2-1 thanks to riding time, over Air Force’s Cody Vippen.
Lucas Bird of Illinois defeated Michael Colaiyoko of Bean in a mild upset, placing the 11th seed over the 7th seed and 6th seed.
Remarkable consolation results
Dylan Ragusin defeated Taylor LaMont of Wisconsin, ending LaMont’s stellar career that began in the Utah Valley and including a fifth-place All-American in 2021.
Cole Matthews of Pete (and sponsored by Primanti Brothers) earned his first win in a weight class with a 1-0 victory over Kyle Abel.
NC State’s Ryan Jack of Connecticut leads Purdue’s Parker Philius of Montana in a battle between two wrestlers from states that don’t often get much representation in the NCAAs. Filius gets the results behind the win – late warning – and Purdue advances its second wrestler to the quarter-finals. Filius will watch Nebraska’s Brock Hardy defeat Big Ten opponent Jacob Berglund of Minnesota.
The Real Woods were nearly upset by Ohio State’s Dylan D’Emilio, but Ewan escaped with a clenched fist, drawing the Hawks fans to approval and disapproval from everyone else in the arena.
2021 U20 Canadian, UNC’s eighth placer Lachlan McNeil defeats 2022 U20 Team USA’s fifth placer, Vince Cornella of Cornell.
Penn State’s Brau Bartlett goes 3-2 over All-American Clay Carlson of SDSU to win a date with Cole Matthews in the quarters.
Remarkable consolation results
In a rare battle for Central Florida, Malyke Hines of Lehigh defeated Shannon Hanna of Campbell, 5-4.
Yanni Diakomihalis gets the first period pin and two more points for Cornell over NC State’s Jackson Arrington. Yianna looks forward to joining fellow Cornellian Kyle Dake in the exclusive four-time NCAA Champion club.
Austin Gomez of Wisconsin and Kyle Barco of Arizona State University delight the crowd with some acrobatic scrambles. What a treat to watch these brave wrestlers. Barco wins 6-3, but the real winners are the fans who enjoyed such an excellent match.
Frankie Tal Shahar of Northwestern by way of South Florida had the antennae turbulent but No. 1 Andrew Allers would not be denied.
PSU’s Shane Van Ness put ISU’s Paneiro Johnson early and then survived a furious comeback attempt to give the Nittany Lions another quarterback.
#8 Brock Mueller edged out Michigan’s Chance LaMer to put Missouri back in the quarterfinals after Hart moved to 141.
Pop alert: The Graham Rooks built an early lead and then held it for the life of them on VT’s #4 seeded and ranked Caleb Henson. Rooks ranked 21st and 18th give the Indiana Hoosiers a spot in the Quarterfinals. A smart move by head coach Angel Escobedo to bring a multi-time All-American player like Chad Reed back to his home state and add him to the coaching staff.
Yahya Thomas pulled off an upset victory to give the Wildcats of Northwestern a much-needed boost. No. 7 seed Thomas beats a familiar opponent in No. 11 seed Michael Blokus of Minnesota.
TOSU’s Sami Saso sealed a 9-2 victory over UNI player Colin Realbuto, Saso was in the third quarterfinal of his career.
Josh Humphries and Kendall Coleman are locked in a battle between two wrestlers who haven’t yet made it to the All-Americans but really feel like they both really happened.
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