NCAA Wrestling Blog Day Two: Hall Pins Peppelman in Nightcap
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Day No. 2 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are officially underway, which will feature championship bracket quarterfinals and semifinals, as well as tons of consolation action. Follow Boise State as the Broncos look to make history via live scoring and regularly updated blog postings. This morning's tournament action can been seen on ESPNU HD and at ESPN3.com. Session IV tonight will air exclusively on ESPNU HD.
SESSION III - 03/18/2011
11:00 a.m. - Hochstrasser an All-American; Bartelli Out
Andrew Hochstrasser is heading to the 133-pound semifinals tonight thanks to a 10-2 major decision win over No. 7 seed Bernard Futrell of Illinois in Friday morning's quarterfinal round. Hochstrasser, the No. 2 seed, overcame an early 0-2 deficit to Futrell with 10 unanswered points to clinch All-American honors for the second time in his career.
Futrell struck first in the match with a takedown just 00:20 into the first period. Hochstrasser would score a reversal at the 1:48 mark to even the score however; tying the match at 2-2 heading into the second. Hochstrasser took the lead with a reversal in the second period. He would score a takedown early in the third and score a three point near fall to blow the lead open. Hochstrasser will meet No. 3 Andrew Long of Penn State in tonight's semifinal round for a chance to wrestle for the national championship tomorrow night.
Alan Bartelli saw his collegiate career come to an end, Friday morning, as he dropped a 9-6 decision to Joseph Langel of Rutgers in 125-pound consolation action. Bartelli allowed three takedowns in the match and was unable to recover. He did earn takedowns in the third period to narrow the final margin though.
Bartelli concludes his career at Boise State with a 73-56 overall record after wrestling to NCAA tournament appearances as a junior and senior.
11:29 a.m. - Jones Falls, Broncos Have Five Remaining
Friday morning hasn't got quite as the Boise State coaching staff had hoped, thus far, as the Broncos have lost two more wrestlers in consolation action. Levi Jones became the latest victim for Boise State as the senior 141-pounder lost a 12-4 major decision to No. 9 seed Cole VonOhlen of Air Force. Jones held a 4-2 lead after the first period thanks to a pair of takedowns, but VonOhlen would get Jones to his back in the third and take over the match from there. VonOhlen scored a reversal to start the period and went on to score five back points.
Jones finishes his career at Boise State with a 59-40 career record. He was the 2011 Pac-10 Conference Runner-Up and a three time NCAA National Qualifier.
11:45 a.m. - Chamberlain Headed to Semis After OT Thriller
Boise State has two All-Americans locked in already at the NCAA Championships thanks to a big quarterfinal win by Jason Chamberlain in the 149-pound bracket to earn his spot in tonight's semifinals. Chamberlain, the No. 6 seed, upset No. 3 Kevin LeValley by 4-3 decision following a takedown as time expired in overtime.
Chamberlain and LeValley wrestled to a 2-2 tie after regulation as Chamberlain scored a takedown and LeValley escaped twice. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Chamberlain was unable to escape in the first tie breaker. LeValley took a 3-2 lead with an escape with 00:20 left in the second tie breaker, but Chamberlain would answer with a takedown on the edge of the mat with just 00:05 left on the clock.
Chamberlain clinched All-American honors for the first time in his career with the win. He will face No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn State in tonight's semifinals.
12:02 p.m. - Hall Upset by Late Takedown
Adam Hall saw his run at an individual national championship come to a devastating end, Friday morning, as he suffered a last second takedown in the final seconds of his quarterfinal match to fall from championship bracket competition. Hall, the No. 1 overall seed at 157 pounds, found himself in a grinder against No. 8 Jason Welch of Northwestern vying for a spot in the semifinal round.
After a scoreless first period, Hall finally took a lead in the match with an escape with 00:20 left in the second. Starting down in the third, Welch was able to even the score with an escape with 00:55 left in regulation. The two wrestled toward the edge of the mat in the final seconds, and Welch was able to score the go ahead takedown on a very close call as the two wrestlers went out of bounds with just 00:02 left to go.
Hall, who is looking to earn All-American honors for the second consecutive year, will have to do so by winning his first consolation match tonight.
12:28 p.m. - Broncos in Fifth through 165
Following the quarterfinal round at 165 pounds Boise State currently sits in fifth-place in the overall team standings with 28.5 points. Penn State continues to lead the team title race with 35.5 points. Cornell, Iowa and Oklahoma State are all currently tied at second with 30.0 points.
The Broncos have just two wrestlers will competing in this morning's session as Jake Swartz (174 pounds) and J.T. Felix (285) both have consolation matches yet to wrestle.
12:52 p.m. - J. Swartz Still Alive
Jake Swartz managed to stay alive in 174-pound consolation action, early Friday afternoon, with a 7-5 decision over Rob Morrison of Rider to advance in wrestleback competition. Swartz held a 4-3 lead heading into the final period, but a reversal by Morrison with 00:50 left put Swartz on the ropes. Swartz would escape at the 00:35 mark and managed to get into Morrison's legs for a takedown with 00:20 left. The two scrambled as time expired but Morrison was unable to reverse Swartz before the clock ran out.
Boise State currently sits in sixth-place in the team standings now with 35.0 points. The Broncos are tied with Arizona State. Penn State and Cornell have separated themselves a bit as Penn State is first with 54.5 points and Cornell is second with 52.0 points.
1:50 p.m. - Felix Suffers OT Loss to End Weekend
J.T. Felix saw his first NCAA national tournament come to an end, Friday afternoon, as the true freshman heavyweight lost his first consolation match of the day in another exciting overtime match for the Broncos. Felix and Ricardo Alcala (Indiana) wrestled to a 1-1 tie after three periods, each only scoring on escapes throughout regulation.
As the first sudden victory came to a close, Felix nearly score a match winning takedown but the official ruled Alcala was out of bounds before Felix got hold of both legs. Alcala would escape and record a takedown in the first tie breaker overtime and Felix couldn't recover. An escape by Felix in the second tie breaker session narrowed the final score to 4-2.
With the loss Boise State now has just four of its nine wrestlers competing this weekend still alive in the tournament. Jake Swartz will wrestle anther 174-pound consolation match this afternoon, as he is set to face No. 12 Mike Benefiel of Oklahoma State. The two wrestlers have not met this season. Swartz needs two more consolation wins to earn a top-eight finish and All-American honors.
2:45 p.m. - Swartz Loses 7-4 to Benefiel
Boise State has three wrestlers left competing at the 2011 NCAA Championships after a loss by Jake Swartz in 174-pound consolation action ended the redshirt freshman's run at the national tournament. Swartz dropped his second consolation match of the day to Mike Benefiel of Oklahoma State, 7-4.
The Broncos do have a pair of wrestlers headed to the semifinals tonight, as Andrew Hochstrasser and Jason Chamberlain are both 3-0 on the weekend. Hochstrasser, the No. 2 seed at 133 pounds, will face No. 3 Andrew Long of Penn State in the semis. Chamberlain, the No. 6 seed at 149, is set to meet No. 2 Frank Molinaro of Penn State in his round of four match.
Adam Hall is the last Boise State wrestler still alive at the national championships as he has been bumped to consolation action after a quarterfinals loss at 157 pounds. Hall needs to win his consolation match tonight to secure All-American honors for the second time in his career.
Hochstrasser and Chamberlain are already guaranteed All-Americans.
As the consolation matches wind down with the final heavyweight round of the afternoon Boise State sits in a tie with Arizona State for eighth-place in the team standings with 35.0 points. Cornell has taken over the team lead with 61.0 points.
3:18 p.m. - Broncos Tied for Eighth at Intermission
Boise State will head into Session IV, Friday night, tied with Arizona State for eighth-place in the overall team standings after accumulating 35.0 points through three sessions. The Broncos are one of just 10 teams with multiple wrestlers still in contention for individual national titles. Cornell took over the team lead with 61.0 points, but is trailed closely by No. 2 Penn State (60.5 points). Attached above are updated brackets and team standings.
SESSION IV - 03/18/2011
Session IV is just moments from kicking off, which will feature three Boise State wrestlers in both semifinals and consolation action. Matches will be going on six mats, and each weight class will be completed before moving on. Hochstrasser should be on the mat first for the Broncos within 20 minutes.
7:30 p.m. - Hochstrasser Heading to the Finals
Andrew Hochstrasser is heading to the 133-pound NCAA national title match, Saturday night, after earning a 6-4 win against Andrew Long of Penn State in the semifinals, Friday night. Hochstrasser is the second Boise State wrestler to qualify for the champion match at nationals in as many years. He used a takedown in the first and a two point near fall in the third to put the match far enough out of reach.
The packed Wells Fargo Arena was obviously Penn State biased as a majority of the seats filled with white Nittany Lion shirts. As time expired and Hochstrasser raised his hands, a Boise State chant rang out from the upper decks from the strong contingency of Boise State faithful.
He will face Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State in the title match. Oliver has beat Hochstrasser twice this season, 8-7 and 5-2. The first meeting between the two wrestlers did not count on their official record however, as it was an exhibition match at the All-Star Classic.
Hochstrasser is just the sixth Boise State wrestler ever to reach the final round of the NCAA tournament. He will look to become the third Bronco wrestler to take home a national title, and just the ninth in any sport in school history.
Jason Chamberlain is just moments away from taking the mat in his semifinal match now.
8:10 p.m. - Chamberlain Stumbles in Semis; Hall an All-American
Jason Chamberlain fell behind early in his 149-pound semifinal match against Frank Molinaro, Friday night, and was unable to score late for a comeback to end his run at taking home an individual national title. No. 6 seed Chamberlain and No. 2 Molinaro wrestled to a 2-1 score after one as Molinaro was able to score a takedown at the 00:45 mark. He then managed to keep Chamberlain from escaping in the second to build over 2:00 of riding time in the match. Chamberlain was forced to let Molinaro up and go on the offensive, but Molinaro wouldn't allow him a clean shot at his body.
Molinaro held on the for the 4-1 win with riding time advantage, which bumps Chamberlain to consolation action Saturday morning where he can still wrestle for a third place finish.
Adam Hall showed his heart, Friday night, bouncing back from a heartbreaking quarterfinal loss in the 157-pound bracket. Hall, the No. 1 overall seed, beat Johnny Greisheimer of Edinboro by 11-3 major decision to clinch All-American honors for the second consecutive year. He has one more match to wrestle tonight and can also still finish as high as third.
After the 149 pound scoring Boise State sits in sixth in the team standings with 46.5 points. Cornell leads the team race with 71.5 points.
09:45 p.m. - Hall Pins Peppelman in Nightcap
Adam Hall showed the definition of determination, Friday night, as he pinned No. 11 Walter Peppelman of Harvard at the 4:20 mark to overcome a 10-4 deficit in the match. Peppelman scored a barrage of points in the first period gaining a 9-1 lead in the match. Hall refused to lose his composure though, and after getting Peppelman to his back was able to muscle him down for the fall.
The match concluded Boise State's night. Hall and Chamberlain will wrestle in Session V Saturday morning, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (EST).