The Iowa head coach discusses a 6-4 first round at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Chad Leistikow/HawkCentral.com
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Iowa's Sam Brooks (184) and Nathan Burak (197), Iowa State's Kyven Gadson (197) and Northern Iowa heavyweight Blaize Cabell advanced to Friday morning's quarterfinals.
Brooks downed Big Ten champion Domenic Abounader of Michigan 4-2. Cabell used a takedown in the closing seconds of overtime to beat Virginia Tech's Ty Walz. Gadson pinned Eastern Michigan's Anthony Abro to set up a quarterfinal bout against Burak, who handled Southern Illinois-Edwardsville's Jake Tindle 12-2.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Northern Iowa's Cooper Moore added to the upset pile by stacking up No. 4 seed Nick Sulzer of Virginia for a fall at 165.
UPDATE, 7 p.m.: The team title race is beginning to look like an episode of Survivor.
Each of the top title contenders has suffered an upset loss in tonight's second round.
West Virginia's No. 15 seed Zeke Moisey knocked off Cornell's No. 2 Nahshon Garrett 5-2 at 125
Oklahoma's Cody Brewer, a two-time All-American who was seeded 13th, hammered No. 4 seed Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State 9-1 at 133.
Oklahoma State freshman Dean Heil bounced No. 3 seed Lavion Mayes of Missouri into the consolations at 141 with a 3-1 overtime victory.
Old Dominion's No. 11 seed Chris Mecate handled No. 6 seed Nick Dardanes of Minnesota 9-4 at 141.
Another top-five seed went down for Iowa when Penn's Charles Cobb held off No. 4 Brandon Sorensen 4-3 at 149.
UPDATE, 6:50 p.m.: Iowa's Thomas Gilman and Cory Clark and Iowa State's Earl Hall advanced to Friday's quarterfinals. Gilman scored an overtime takedown to beat Penn State's Jordan Conaway at 125. Clark whipped Michigan's Rossi Bruno 12-4 at 133, where he'll face Hall in the quarterfinals. The Cyclone handled Purdue's Danny Sabatello 11-5.
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: The first session is in the books and it didn't end well for Iowa. The second-ranked Hawkeyes went 6-4 in the opening round, but seeded seniors Josh Dziewa and Bobby Telford tumbled into the consolation bracket, along with classmates Michael Kelly and Nick Moore.
Ohio State holds the lead in the team standings after a turbulent opening round that saw 34 seeded wrestlers tumble, including 17 seeded in the top 10.
The Buckeyes finished the round with 13.5 points to hold a two-point edge over Penn State. Iowa is tied for fifth with 10 points.
UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Kyven Gadson stopped the bleeding for Iowa State. The third-seeded senior 197-pounder ended a four-match skid for the Cyclones with a 19-4 technical fall against Northern Iowa's Basil Minto.
Iowa State went 2-5 in the first round with Earl Hall (133) and Gadson advancing in the championship bracket.
UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: Southeast Polk grad Willie Miklus created the biggest crowd eruption of the day from the Missouri section when he pinned No. 10 seed Lorenzo Thomas of Penn at 184 pounds.
Miklus' victory came minutes after fourth-seeded teammate John Eblen fell victim to Oregon State's Joe Latham at 174.
UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Nebraska's Austin Wilson just posted the biggest upset of the first round, toppling Iowa State's No. 2 seed Michael Moreno 7-5 at 165.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Centerville native Mike England is doing his part to help Missouri capture its first national title. He just posted his second victory of the day at 165, handing No. 11 seed Tristan Warner of Old Dominion a 6-2 defeat.
England's win came on the heels of Iowa's third loss of the day. Northwestern All-American Pierce Harger beat Hawkeye Nick Moore 6-3 at 165.
UPDATE, 1:06 p.m.: Cooper Moore posted the first victory of the tournament for Northern Iowa, decking Purdue's Patrick Robinson in the first period at 165.
UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Ohio State moved to the top of the team standings on Josh Demas' 7-3 victory at 157 against Iowa's Michael Kelly. The Buckeyes currently have 7.5 points to hold a half-point edge over second-place Cornell and Virginia Tech.
UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: Iowa freshman Brandon Sorensen registered a major decision in his tournament debut, handling Kyle Langenderfer of Illinois 11-2 at 149 pounds.
Iowa State suffered its second straight defeat when Central Michigan's Colin Heffernan knocked off No. 9 seed Gabe Moreno 5-3 at 149.
UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.: Iowa's Josh Dziewa became one of the tournament's first upset victims.
North Carolina State freshman Kevin Jack used a takedown in the closing seconds of the second period, a reversal early in the third period and rode Dziewa the rest of the way to knock off the fifth-seeded Iowa senior 6-3 at 141 pounds.
UPDATE, 11:57 a.m.: Iowa's Cory Clark and Iowa State's Earl Hall remained on a collision course at 133 with opening-round victories.
Clark downed Ronald Perry of Lock Haven 7-5 and Hall downed Nebraska's 7-4. They both need victories Thursday night to set up a quarterfinal showdown Friday morning.
UPDATE, 11:42 a.m.: Iowa's first victory of the tournament came with a bonus.
Thomas Gilman scored three takedowns in the third period to rack up a 14-4 major decision against Stanford's Evan Silver at 125 pounds.
UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: American's David Terao used a pair of big moves to build an early lead and hung on late to knock off Northern Iowa's ninth-seeded Dylan Peters 12-10 at 125 pounds.
Terao took Peters to his back in the first and second periods and then withstood a late charge by the Northern Iowa All-American, who scored a pair of third-period takedowns and was in on Terao's legs as time expired.
Peters will face eighth-seeded Tyler Cox of Wyoming tonight in an elimination bout. Two-time national champion Jesse Delgado of Illinois, unseeded after an injury-abbreviated senior season, dealt Cox a 3-2 defeat.
UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.: We're roughly 30 minutes from the start of the NCAA Championships here at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. This might be one of the most compelling team races in recent history. Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Ohio State could be in the mix to take home the title trophy Saturday night.
Here are the first-round pairings for wrestlers with the Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Panthers and Iowa natives wrestling for out-of-state programs:
125-No. 6 Thomas Gilman, 27-4 vs. Evan Silver, Stanford, 16-10
133-No. 3 Cory Clark, 26-5 vs. Ronald Perry, Lock Haven, 30-9
141-No. 5 Josh Dziewa, 27-7 vs. Kevin Jack, North Carolina State, 27-8
149-No. 4 Brandon Sorensen, 34-4 vs. Kyle Langenderfer, Illinois, 21-13
157-Michael Kelly, 23-10 vs. No. 6 Josh Demas, Ohio State, 16-7
165-Nick Moore, 22-9 vs. No. 7 Pierce Harger, Northwestern, 28-6
174-No. 3 Mike Evans, 27-2 vs. Ethan Smith, Utah Valley, 14-12 or Nathan Jackson, Indiana, 27-11
184-No. 9 Sam Brooks, 27-5 vs. Jack McKeever, Binghamton, 27-16 or Ben Stroh, Wyoming, 22-9
197-No. 6 Nathan Burak, 20-5 vs. Vince Pickett, Edinboro, 17-16
Hwt.-No. 3 Bobby Telford, 27-3 vs. Spencer Myers, Maryland, 7-5
133-No. 6 Earl Hall, 25-6 vs. Eric Montoya, Nebraska, 18-13
141-Dante Rodriguez, 18-6 vs. No. 13 Randy Cruz, Lehigh, 19-7
149-No. 9 Gabe Moreno, 26-6 vs. Colin Heffernan, Central Michigan, 22-12
165-No. 2 Michael Moreno, 22-3 vs. Austin Wilson, Nebraska, 16-14
174-No. 13 Tanner Weatherman, 23-8 vs. Dominic Kastl, Cal Poly, 16-6
184-Lelund Weatherspoon, 17-5 vs. No. 12 Nolan Boyd, Oklahoma State, 26-7
197-No. 3 Kyven Gadson, 25-1 vs. Nathan Rotert, South Dakota State, 22-10 or Basil Minto, Northern Iowa, 20-14
125-No. 9 Dylan Peters, 23-5 vs. David Terao, American, 37-5
165-No. 13 Cooper Moore, 22-5 vs. Patrick Robinson, Purdue, 14-17
197-Basil Minto, 20-14 vs. Nathan Rotert, South Dakota State, 22-10
Hwt.-No. 7 Blaize Cabell, 26-5 vs. Brooks Black, Illinois, 17-14
133-Jack Hathaway, Iowa City West/Oregon State, 28-10 vs. Zane Richards, Illinois, 23-6
165-Dakota Friesth, ADM of Adel/Wyoming, 22-11 vs. No. 6 Taylor Walsh, Indiana, 34-5
165-Mike England, Centerville/Missouri, 27-14 vs. Tyrel White, Columbia, 24-14
184-Willie Miklus, Southeast Polk/Missouri, 29-7 vs. No. 10 Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 26-5
Hwt-Ross Larson, Ankeny/Oklahoma, 25-7 vs. Jacob Henderson, Old Dominion, 23-11