Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands reacts after the Hawkeyes went 9-1 with six bonus-point wins in Session I of the NCAA Championships. Hawk Central
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Session Ones of the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships wrapped up inside Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday afternoon. Here’s how all of the wrestlers from Iowa, Northern Iowa, Iowa State and those with #IowaTies did:
141: Vince Turk over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven), 12-2 major
Turk looked good here, piling up four takedowns and added another point for riding time. Had a 6-1 lead entering the second period. Dictated the pace on their feet and made Shoop work on the mat.
125: Spencer Lee over Alonzo Allen (UT-Chattanooga), 18-0 technical fall
Workmanlike for Lee, who was not wearing a knee brace. Takedown, tilt, tilt, tilt, tilt gave him a tech fall in 1 minute, 40 seconds. Lee gets Purdue's Luke Welch in tonight's session.
141: Turk over No. 16 Cole Weaver (Indiana), 4-3
Weaver scored a takedown in the first and an escape in the second and led 3-0 with 30 seconds to go in the third. Right at the end, Turk scored a takedown and two backs to win 4-3 and advance to the second round. He'll get Wyoming's top-seeded Bryce Meredith tonight.
149: Brandon Sorensen over Jared Prince (Navy), 11-6
Not the cleanest match from Sorensen. He piled up three takedowns, but also allowed two. He did look good on top, compiling almost three minutes of riding time. He's into the next round, where he'll face Lock Haven's Ronald Perry.
157: Michael Kemerer over Coleman Hammond (Cal State Bakersfield) by fall, 1:38
Workmanlike outing for Kemerer. Piled up two takedowns and locked up a cradle for the first-period pin. He gets Stanford's Paul Fox tonight.
165: Alex Marinelli over Jacob Morrissey (Purdue) by fall, 6:20
Marinelli looked mostly good here. Had three takedowns in the first period, but got ridden out and hit for stalling twice in the second. But Marinelli added a fourth takedown in the third, then horsed Morrissey over in a cow-catcher for the fall. He gets Minnesota's Nick Wanzek tonight.
174: Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) over Joey Gunther, 13-2 major
Smith took Gunther feet to back in the first period to lead 6-0, and Gunther never recovered. He scored a takedown in the third, but Smith came back with an escape and another takedown and two backs to secure the major decision. Gunther falls to the wrestlebacks, where he'll face Harvard's Josef Johnson tonight.
184: Mitch Bowman over Canten Marriott (Mizzou), 10-2 major
Bowman looked real good in this one. Scored a takedown in both the first and second periods, then added two more in the third, plus riding time, for the major. That's a big win with respective to the team race. Bowman will wrestle Ohio State's Myles Martin tonight.
197: Cash Wilcke over Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 4-3
This one had a wild ending. Tied 1-1, Schultz scored a takedown late in the third, then Wilcke escaped and scored a takedown of his own near the buzzer to win. Wilcke advances and gets Virginia Tech's Jared Haught tonight.
285: Sam Stoll over Antonio Pelusi (Franklin & Marshall) by fall, 2:25
Stoll made quick work of Pelusi. After a quick first-period takedown, Stoll worked Pelusi over for a pin on the edge. He advances to wrestle Maryland's Youssif Hemida tonight
125: Drew Mattin (Michigan) over Jay Schwarm by fall, 3:50
Schwarm led 3-0 after a takedown and two stall calls in the first period. Schwarm started the second period on bottom and Mattin flipped him to his back and locked up the pin, sending Schwarm to the wrestlebacks, where he'll wrestle Michigan State's RayVon Foley.
141: Sa'Derian Perry (Eastern Michigan) over Josh Alber, 11-5
Alber couldn't get his offense going, and Perry came out and scored two first-period takedowns, then added two more and kept Alber at a distance the rest of the way. Alber falls to the wrestlebacks, where he'll face Penn State's Nick Lee.
149: Max Thomsen over Khristian Olivas (Fresno State), 13-5 major
Wild match to start. Olivas had a takedown and two backs to open the first, then Thomsen reversed him and piled up a major. He'll get Oklahoma State's Boo Lewallen tonight, a rematch of the Big 12 finals.
174: Taylor Lujan over Will Schany (Virginia), 5-3
Lujan looked solid but not quite dominant. scored takedowns in the first and third periods to win. He'll get North Carolina's Ethan Ramos tonight.
184: Drew Foster over Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State), 6-1
After a scoreless first period, Foster scored an escape and takedown in the second, then added two backs and a riding-time point in the third to advance. He'll get Cornell's Max Dean tonight.
197: Willie Miklus (Mizzou, former Southeast Polk) over Jacob Holschlag, 7-3
Miklus with a workmanlike victory here. Takedown in the first, escape in the second, four backs in the third to put it out of reach. He advances to round two. Holschlag falls to the wrestlebacks, where he'll face Oregon State's Corey
149: Jarrett Degen over Colton McCrystal (Nebraska, former Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 9-5
McCrystal scored a takedown in the first, then Degen hit a reversal to tie it. In the second, Degen escaped, then McCrystal takedown, then Degen escape followed by a takedown for 6-4 lead. Degen added another takedown and tacked on a riding time point in the third to win. He'll get North Carolina's Troy Heilmann tonight.
141: Michael Carr (Illinois) over Henry Pohlmeyer (South Dakota State, former Johnston), 8-1
Carr scored two takedowns in the first, then added another plus two backs in the second to send Pohlmeyer to the wrestlebacks. He'll wrestle Cleveland State's Evan Cheek tonight.
149: Zain Retherford (Penn State) over Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan, former Davenport Assumption), 16-1 technical fall
Springer ran into the weight's top-seeded wrestler in the first round, and Retherford did what Retherford does. Springer falls to the wrestlebacks, where he'll face Wyoming's Sam Turner.
165: Richie Lewis (Rutgers, former Iowa Central) over Quentin Perez (Campbell), 14-5 major
Yes, Lewis has #IowaTies, and he looked good in his first match at 165, piling up five takedowns en route to a major decision. He gets Nebraska's Isaiah White tonight.
174: Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma, former NIACC) over Daniel Bullard (N.C. State), 6-4 (SV1)
Mejias, a former NIACC star, needed overtime to beat Bullard. A takedown 40 seconds into sudden-victory pushed Mejias into the second round, where he'll face Mizzou's Daniel Lewis.
Session Two will begin at 6 p.m. central time, and will be live on ESPN.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.