NCAA Wrestling Championships Tournament Central
March 22, 2013
Brian Owen - 133 pounds
Randy Cruz (Lehigh) major dec. Brian Owen, 11-0 - Thursday, 11:57 a.m.
Owen will face Geoffrey Alexander of Maryland in the first round of consolation action, Thursday night. Alexander won the pigtail match against Devon Lotito (Cal Poly) but lost to No. 3 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin by major decision in the first round. Alexander is sophomore and finished the season 22-9, ranked 13th in the final coaches' poll.
Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland) dec. Brian Owen, 1-0
In Owen's second bout, the result came down to a one-point escape by Alexander in the third period. The Bronco senior started neutral in the but could not get a takedown and the two entered the final frame in a 0-0 tie.
Jason Chamberlain - 149 pounds
Jason Chamberlain major dec. Caleb Ervin (Illinois), 18-4. - Thursday 12:47 p.m.
Chamberlain cruised to a victory in his first bout of the day, recording two takedowns and a 3-point near fall in the first period. He would get four more throughout the match, two in the second and two in the third while accumulating 3:17 of riding time. At the end of three periods, Chamberlain was only one point shy of a tech fall, winning 18-4.
Round two for Chamberlain will be against Nick Lester of Oklahoma who he defeated 6-3 at the NWCA All-Star Classic to start the year. Lester finished the season with a 17-10 record and advanced past Josh Wilson of Utah Valley in a tight 4-3 decision in the first round.
Jason Chamberlain major dec. Nick Lester (Oklahoma), 14-5 - Thursday, 7:34 p.m.
It was takedown after takedown for Chamberlain who accumulated seven throughout the bout. In ther first period, the senior from Springville, Utah exchanged four takedowns for three escapes by Lester. The second period was a slow one as neither wrestler added to their scoreline. In the third period, Chamberlain traded three takedowns for two escapes to get the 14-5 major decision, his second of the tournament.
Chamberlain will go head-to-head with Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) an opponent who has given him plenty to think about this season. Sakaguchi handed Chamberlain his only loss of the season in a 3-2 decision. Since that loss, Chamberlain has responded with two overtime wins against the Pac-12 rival.
Jason Chamberlain dec. Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State), 2-1 (TB1) - Friday, 11:14 a.m.
It was déjà vu in the fourth matchup of the season between Chamberlain and Sakaguchi and the result was similar to all the others, close. Regulation ended at 1-1 as each wrestler escaped in the period they started on bottom. Neither could score in the minute-long sudden-victory period even though the Bronco was given a scare when Sakaguchi got his leg in the air for what looked would be a heartbreaking defeat. The Bronco was able to scramble away and keep his championship hopes alive. So it came to tiebreakers where Chamberlain escaped within seconds when he started on bottom and secured the win by riding out Sakaguchi in the second half.
In the semifinal, he will face unseeded Drake Houdashelt of Missouri who has advanced with decisions in all three bouts, including a tiebreak win in the quarterfinal.
Jason Chamberlain dec. Drake Houdashelt (Missouri), 7-3
It was a late charge that sealed the win for Chamberlain who outscored Houdashelt 5-2 in the third period. Chamberlain started with a 2-1 lead after the first frame and chose to start neutral in the second period. Neither scored in the second but as the score carried into the third period with Houdashelt even tying Chamberlain after a quick escape. The senior from rallied with two takedowns and a riding time point for the 7-3 win and a spot in the finals against Jordan Oliver.
Oliver has been a force this season and is a perfect 40-0. In the tournament he has earned major decisions at every level, including a 14-3 win in the semifinal against Steve Santos of Colmbia.
George Ivanov - 157 pounds
George Ivanov dec. Daniel Zilverberg (Minnesota), 11-5 - Thursday 1:03 p.m.
Ivanov jumped all over Zilverberg in the early going, going up 6-1 in a little over a minute. At the end of the first round, the senior led 8-3. The pace slowed substantially after that as neither wrestler scored in the second period. Ivanov held his ground in the third period, outscoring Zilverberg 3-2 and winning by a final of 11-5.
Ivanov will face Taylor Walsh of Indiana in the second round. Walsh, a redshirt sophomore, pulled off a 6-0 upset against No. 3 Joseph Napoli in the first round. Walsh was an at-large bid from the Big 10 Conference, going 2-3 at the tournament and finishing the season ranked 18th. He qualified as a redshirt freshman last season as the No. 11 seed.
George Ivanov dec. Taylor Walsh (Indiana), 9-6 - Thursday, 7:40 p.m.
It was a close second-round bout but Ivanov was able to advance with a 9-6 decision over Walsh who upset the No. 3 seed in the first round. After two periods, the senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa had two takedowns and a 4-3 lead but it was not until the final minute that Ivanov was able to feel comfortable. He secured a takedown with 1:10 left and a 2-point near fall at 0:58. From there, Ivanov was able to sail in to his second tournament win.
In the quarterfinals, Ivanov will see No. 6 Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma state who has two major decisions thru two bouts.
Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) dec. George Ivanov, 6-4 - Firday, 11:24 a.m.
Although the championship hopes of the unseeded Ivanov are now out of reach, the All-American dream is still alive. Ivanov took an early 2-1 lead in the quarterfinal bout, a one-point lead that was still intact as he led 4-3 heading into the final period. It was there that Dieringer escaped to draw even and notched a takedown with nine seconds left to win 6-4.
In a rematch of the Pac-12 Championship, Ivanov will face RJ Pena of Oregon State in the "blood round" with the winner becoming an All-American. Each wrestler will be hungry as neither has finished in the top eight.
RJ Pena (Oregon State) dec. George Ivanov, 3-2
In a rematch of the Pac-12 Championship, the roles were reversed as Pena edged out Ivanov in a 3-2 decision. Ivanov tied the match in the second period at 2-2 after getting an escape, but Pena had over two minutes of riding time that Ivanov needed to cut into. The senior was able to get the time under one minute but an escape with 42 seconds left in the bout gave Pena the edge and the win.
Jake Swartz - 184 pounds
Jake Swartz major dec. James Cook (Campbell), 11-0 - Thursday, 2:10 p.m.
After starting the match a little slow, Swartz got a takedown and rode out the rest of the first period to take a 2-0 lead after one frame. The junior from Auburn, Wash., took over from there, scoring six points in the second period and three more in the third to win 11-0.
Swartz will face No. 7 Jimmy Sheptock from Maryland in the second round. Sheptock defeated Shane Woods of Wyoming by a 13-4 major decision. The junior finished the season with a 36-3 overall record, losing only to the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 seeds at this year's tournament.
Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) dec. Jake Swartz, 3-2 - Thursday, 8:18 p.m.
Neither Sheptock or Swartz could score in the first round but it was Sheptock who started on the right foot in the second period, getting an escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. That lead was cut to two points after Swartz escaped with a minute left. In the final period, Swartz escaped easily to start but could not get a takedown, falling 3-2.
Jake Swartz dec. Chris Chionuma (Oklahoma State), 6-4 - Friday, 12:41 p.m.
Swartz was the victim of an early deficit in his first consolation bout, but it was endurance that would prevail in the end as he rallied back for a 6-4 decision. The junior was down 4-2 after the first period but rode the entire second period, bringing his riding time to just over a minute. In the third period, Swartz quickly escaped and followed with a takedown and rode the rest of the match, outscoring Chionuma 4-0 in the final frame.
Swartz will see Fred Garcia of Lock Haven later in the session. Garcia entered the tournament, 27-11 and has gone 2-1 thus far.
Jake Swartz fall Fred Garcia (Lockhaven), 8:30 - Friday, 2:34 p.m.
Swartz was in a battle in his second bout of the session. He and Garcia were in a low-scoring affair that was 1-1 after three periods, each escaping once. Neither could score in the sudden victory period so the bout went to tiebreakers, with Swartz starting on top. It looked like Swartz would ride out to have the advantage heading to the second half, but capitalized on a Garcia mistake and pinned him as time expired.
Swartz will face No. 10 Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the evening session, with the winner becoming an All-American. Lofthouse entered the tournament 20-7 and won his first two matches by decision before falling to Steve Boask, 4-1.
Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) dec. Jake Swartz, 2-1 (TB2)
Swartz and Lofthouse fought in another low-scoring battle for the Broncos junior. The two were tied at 1-1 at the end of the three periods and that tie would not be broken until the second tiebreaker when Lofhouse was able to escape in the first half while starting on bottom but Swartz could not do the same when he got his chance.
J.T. Felix - 285 pounds
J.T. Felix dec. Justin Grant (Bloomsburg), 7-4 - Thursday, 2:46 p.m.
In a long match that had two successful challenges, Felix emerged victorious by a 7-4 decision thanks to two takedowns in the final period. Head coach Greg Randall did his part to even the score after the officials did not credit Felix for an escape, citing that he was out of bounds before the escape. After review, the ruling was changed and the two were tied at 2-2 heading into the final period. In the final 1:07, Felix achieved his only two takedowns of the bout to earn the decision.
Felix will take on No. 6 Bobby Telford of Iowa this evening. Telford amassed a 19-6 record this season and was ranked eighth in the final coaches' poll. The sophomore defeated Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) by an 8-1 decision in the first round.
J.T. Felix def. Bobby Telford (Iowa), Injury default
Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State) dec. J.T. Felix, 10-5 - Friday, 1:06 p.m.
Felix suffered his first loss of the tournament to the No. 3 seed Gelogaev who took a 4-1 lead after the first period and went on to win 10-5. Felix took his shots, especially early, getting ahold of Gelogaev's leg but could not convert on a takedown.
He will face Matthew Gibson of Iowa State in the consolation bracket this evening. Gibson is unseeded and 4-1 in the tournament, advancing by fall last round.
Matthew Gibson (Iowa State) major dec. J.T. Felix, 15-2
Gibson jumped on Felix early which set the tone for the bout as the first period ended 6-2 thanks to a near fall that Iowa State fans thought might end the match. The two points in the opening 30 seconds would be all Felix put on the scoreboard in the 15-2 defeat.
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