The 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Greetings from the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, and welcome to Day One of the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Day One includes two sessions and will feature the first and second round, as well as first-round wrestlebacks (or consolations, if that word sounds more familiar).
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Session 1A, 10 a.m., first round, 125-157 pounds, ESPNU
Session 1B, 1 p.m., first round, 165-285 pounds, ESPNU
Session 2A, 5 p.m., second round, first round wrestlebacks, 125-157, ESPN2
Session 2B, 8 p.m., second round, first round wrestlebacks, 165-285, ESPN2
The tournament, as well as mat assignments and full brackets, can be found at Trackwrestling. Individual mat cams can be found on ESPN3.
Here, we will provide updates after each session with the results of every wrestler competing for Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and former Iowa high-schoolers that are competing — as well as other thoughts and observations that come to mind throughout the session.
Be sure to check back throughout the day, and follow our wrestling writer, Cody Goodwin, on Twitter for more immediate updates.
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TEAM SCORES AFTER SESSION 2
- Iowa, 33.5 (8 front, 2 back)
- Penn State, 28 (7, 1)
- Missouri, 23.5 (4, 6)
- North Carolina State, 21 (5, 3)
- Oklahoma State, 20 (3, 6)
- Arizona State, 19.5 (4, 4)
- Minnesota, 16.5 (2, 5)
- Michigan, 16 (2, 6)
T9. Nebraska, 14.5 (2, 6)
T9. Virginia Tech, 14.5 (5, 1)
Quick Hits: Iowa went went 18-2 overall on the first day of competition, with 12 bonus-point wins. That’s what has them 5.5 points ahead of Penn State. The Hawkeyes sent eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals while Penn State sent 7.
Missouri isn’t far behind despite having just four in the quarters. Both North Carolina State and Virginia Tech have five in the quarterfinals. Arizona State also has four in the quarters. Missouri has the chance to do more damage in the wrestlebacks and cement their spot in this trophy race. Friday is going to be a blast.
Northern Iowa finished the day with two wrestlers in the quarterfinals: Brody Teske and Parker Keckeisen. But three other Panther wrestlers are still wrestling back. Iowa State also put two in the quarterfinals: David Carr and Gannon Gremmel. Three other Cyclone wrestlers are also wrestling back.
All second-round matches in the NCAA wrestling championships
SESSION 2A RESULTS
125: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) maj. dec. Killian Cardinale (West Virginia), 15-5
Spencer led 10-0 after a takedown and a couple of turns in the first period. Cardinale added points on a couple of nice re-shots later in the match, but another bonus-point win pushes Spencer to the quarters.
125: No. 5 Brody Teske (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 12 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern), 2-0
Teske rode out DeAugustino the entire second period for riding time, then added an escape in the third period to win, 2-0. Teske was awarded a takedown in the third, too, but it was wiped off on review.
133: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) pinned Ryan Sullivan (West Virginia), 1:36
DeSanto caps a strong day with a very nice win over Sullivan. Scored a quick takedown, released Sullivan, then took him to his back out of a dump and settled in for the pin in 96 seconds.
133: No. 3 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 14 Zach Price (Johnston), 6-4
Meyers built a 5-1 lead thanks to takedowns in the first and second period. He had riding-time locked up by then, too. Price battled back with an escape and takedowns in the third, but will fall to the wrestlebacks on Friday.
141: No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) dec. No. 16 Cole Matthews (Pittsburgh), 5-3
Eierman played with fire a little bit here. Scoreless first period, though Eierman did force a stall call, then he went escape, takedown for a 3-0 lead in the second. But Matthews hit a reversal in the third to tie it, 3-3. Eierman escaped and fought off two Matthews shots in the finals moments to win.
149: No. 12 Max Murin (Iowa) dec. No. 5 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska), 5-3
Murin gets a little revenge here after Lovett beat Murin at the Big Ten tournament. Murin scored the first takedown. Lovett tied it 3-3 with an escape in the third, then Murin scored another takedown with 24 seconds left and rode out to win. He’s into the quarterfinals
149: No. 3 Brock Mauller (Missouri) dec. No. 14 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota), 4-2
Mauller was very methodical and workmanlike here, scoring a quick first period takedown to then rack up riding-time. That ultimately held up as the difference, so Blockhus will drop to the wrestlebacks.
149: No. 7 Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State) dec. Triston Lara (Northern Iowa), 9-8
Thrilling opening period here. Millner takedown, Lara escape, takedown, two nearfall, escape Millner, takedown Millner, escape Lara, takedown Millner, in that order. But Millner racked up riding time in the second period and that extra point helped him win here, sending Lara to the wrestlebacks.
157: No. 12 Brady Berge (Penn State) dec. No. 5 Kaleb Young (Iowa), 3-2
Iowa’s first loss came in its 15th match in the tournament, and it’s a big one since it was head-to-head against Penn State. Berge converted for two in the first period, and that held up as the match-winner, sending Young to the wrestlebacks.
157: No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) maj. dec. No. 14 Will Lewan (Michigan State), 10-2
David Carr did what David Carr does, scoring three takedowns and added points for riding-time and stalling to secure his second bonus-point win of the tournament and advance to the quarterfinals.
157: No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) tech. fall Cade DeVos (South Dakota St.), 20-3
Hidlay is just on a different level than DeVos, at least right now. Hidlay led 8-1 after the first, then added two more takedowns and a turn in the third to seal it, sending the Southeast Polk grad to the wrestlebacks.
125: Micah Roes (Binghamton) dec. Kysen Terukina (Iowa State), 10-5
Roes took Terukina to his back in the second period to lead 6-1, then added another takedown in the third to ice it. Terukina’s tournament ends 0-2.
133: Jordan Hamdan (Michigan State) tech. fall Bryce West (Northern Illinois), 19-3
West’s tournament also ends in the wrestlebacks. He finishes 0-2.
133: Paul Bianchi (Little Rock) dec. No. 13 Zach Redding (Iowa State), 9-4
Bianchi went for four takedowns and another point thanks to nearly four minutes of riding time to knock Redding from the tournament. Redding goes 0-2. But that’s also Little Rock’s first-ever victory at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Kind of
141: No. 7 Ian Parker (Iowa State) dec. Saul Ervin (SIU Edwardsville), 4-2 (SV1)
Parker stays alive in the wrestlebacks after riding out Ervin in the third period for a riding-time point to force overtime at 2-2, then scored another takedown to win it and advance through the wrestlebacks.
149: Cory Crooks (Arizona State) dec. Jarrett Degen (Iowa State), 8-6
Crooks scored three takedowns but only led 6-4 in the third. Degen scored a late takedown to tie it at 6-all, but Crooks scored a reversal in the finals seconds to win and eliminate Degen from the tournament.
MATCHUPS FOR FRIDAY
125: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. No. 9 Devin Schroder (Purdue)
125: No. 5 Brody Teske (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan)
133: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Micky Phillipi (Pittsburgh)
141: No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) vs. No. 9 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan)
149: No. 12 Max Murin (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)
157: No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) vs. No. 6 Brayton Lee (Minnesota)
133: No. 14 Zach Price (South Dakota St.) vs Paul Bianchi (Little Rock)
141: No. 7 Ian Parker (Iowa State) vs. No. 8 Chad Red (Nebraska)
149: No. 14 Michael Blockhus (Minnesta) vs. No. 13 Mitch Moore (Oklahoma)
149: Triston Lara (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 8 Jaden Abas (Stanford)
157: No. 5 Kaleb Young (Iowa) vs. Benjamin Barton (Campbell)
157: Cade DeVos (South Dakota St.) vs. Wyatt Sheets (Oklahoma State)
165: No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) maj. dec. Thomas Bullard (NC State), 13-2
Marinelli did what Marinelli does and advances to the quarterfinals. Took Bullard feet to back in the first period for an 8-1 lead, then added a reversal and another takedown in the third period for bonus points.
174: No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) tech. fall Benjamin Pasiuk (Army), 17-1
Two matches, two wins, two technical falls for Michael Kemerer today. He scored four takedowns and two 4-point nearfalls to secure this one early in the third period and reach the quarterfinals.
184: No. 5 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 12 Nelson Brands (Iowa), 6-2
Bolen won this one thanks to a couple of takedowns in the second period. Brands really struggled getting to his offense in this one and will fall to the wrestlebacks.
184: No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. David Key (Navy), 16-5
Keckeisen locked up a cradle within the first minute and nearly pinned Key, but Key kicked out and Keckeisen rolled up four more takedowns plus riding-time for the major decision.
197: No. 5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. No. 12 Lucas Davison (Northwestern), 3-0
A much more calm and solid match from Warner this round. He went escape, takedown in the second period to win this one and advance to the quarterfinals.
197: No. 4 AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 13 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota St.), 5-0
Very straightforward match here from Ferrari. A takedown in the first, reversal in the second, plus a riding-time point, sends Sloan to the wrestlebacks. Ferrari is a handful.
285: No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) maj. dec. Tate Orndorff (Ohio State), 11-0
Workmanlike performance from Cassioppi. Trio of takedowns, plus points for stalling and riding-time. He posted two bonus-point wins to reach the quarterfinals.
285: No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) dec. No. 11 Zach Elam (Missouri), 3-1
Kind of a weird, throwback heavyweight match. Gremmel scored a stall point in the first, an escape in the second, plus another stall point. That’s all this one took, really. He’s into the quarterfinals.
285: No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan) tech. fall No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa), 17-1
Parris is one of the best pound-for-pound heavyweights in the country, maybe even the world. Tough matchup for Isley.
165: Austin Yant (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. No. 16 William Formato (Appalachian State), 11-2
Another really solid match from Yant. Takedown in the first, then a reversal, turn and another takedown in the second, and a third takedown in the third period, plus riding-time, for his second major decision win of the day. He’ll advance to Friday.
184: No. 16 Max Lyon (Purdue) maj. dec. Jhaquan Anderson (Gardner-Webb), 13-3
Nice bounce back win for Lyon. Anderson scored the first takedown, then Lyon went escape, takedown, four back points to lead 7-2 before the end of the first period. He advances to Friday.
184: Sam Colbray (Iowa State) maj. dec. No. 13 Christopher Weiler (Wisconsin), 12-4
Colbray opened up quite a bit here, which was nice to see. Four total takedowns, plus a reversal in the third and another point for riding-time to secure bonus points. He’ll advance to Friday.
197: Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) dec. Nick Reenan (North Carolina State), 6-1
Coleman looked really solid here, especially on top, with more than two minutes of riding time. He also scored takedowns in the second and third periods and advances in the wrestlebacks.
MATCHUPS FOR FRIDAY Quarterfinals
165: No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford)
174: No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Daniel Bullard (North Carolina State)
184: No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 5 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech)
197: No. 5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. No. 4 AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State)
285: No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)
285: No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) vs. No. 14 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin)
165: Austin Yant (Northern Iowa) vs. Izzak Olejnik (Northern Illinois)
184: No. 12 Nelson Brands (Iowa) vs. Devin Kane (North Carolina)
184: Max Lyon (Purdue) vs. Alan Clothier (Northern Colorado)
184: Sam Colbray (Iowa State) vs. No. 14 Caleb Hopkins (Campbell)
197: Marcus Coleman (Iowa State) vs. No. 11 Jay Aiello (Virginia)
197: No. 13 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota St.) vs. No. 14 Greg Bulsak (Clarion)
285: No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 16 Luke Luffman (Illinois)
TEAM SCORES AFTER SESSION 1
- Iowa, 19 (10 front, 0 back)
- Penn State, 17 (8, 1)
- Missouri, 14 (7, 3)
T4. Arizona State, 13 (7, 1)
T4. North Carolina State, 13 (8, 1)
- Oklahoma State, 12.5 (7, 2)
- Michigan, 12 (7, 1)
- Nebraska, 11.5 (6, 3)
- Virginia Tech, 9 (5, 3)
T10. Minnesota, 8 (5, 4)
T10. Northern Iowa, 8 (4, 1)
Quick Hits: Iowa went 10-0 with four wins by technical fall and three by major decision. Penn State went 8-1 with four technical fall victories and three more majors. Missouri suffered one big loss at 157 pounds, with seventh-seeded Jarrett Jacques losing in the first round, but the Tigers still put up two pins and three majors to sit third.
Northern Iowa went 5-2 with one pin from Brody Teske and a major from Austin Yant in the pigtail. Iowa State struggled, going 2-6 with a major decision. The former Iowa high-schoolers that competed in this first session also fared pretty well, going 4-2.
All first-round matches in the NCAA wrestling championships
RESULTS FROM SESSION 1A (125-157)
125, pigtail: Patrick McCormick (Virginia) dec. Kysen Terukina (Iowa State), 6-2
McCormick scored takedowns in the first and third period, plus riding time. Terukina will have to take the long road if he wants to make the podium.
125: No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) tech. fall Patrick McCormick (Virginia), 16-1
McCormick’s reward for winning the pigtail match was a matchup with Spencer Lee. Lee rolled up a 16-1 technical fall in 93 seconds to advance.
125: No. 5 Brody Teske (Northern Iowa) pinned Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State), 2:39
Typical Teske here. Kaylor scored the first takedown, then Teske escaped and locked up a cradle for the first-period fall.
133, pigtail: Cole Rhone (Bloomsberg) dec. Bryce West (Northern Illinois), 13-10
Wild match to start here. West led 4-2 in the first, rallied from a 10-4 deficit to tie it, 10-10, then Rhone scored a reversal and added riding time to win in the third.
133: Ryan Sullivan (West Virginia) dec. No. 13 Zach Redding (Iowa State, 4-3 (TB1)
It was 1-1 after regulation, no score in sudden victory, then Redding scored a reversal during the first 30-second rideout, but Sullivan escaped right after. Then Sullivan scored a reversal in the final seconds of the second 30-second rideout to win. Tough loss for Redding.
133: No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) tech. fall Paul Bianchi (Little Rock), 19-4
Classic DeSanto match. Three takedowns gave him a 6-2 lead after the first, then he went escape, takedown, four nearfall to lead 13-2 in the second. A couple more takedowns and stall points sealed it.
133: No. 14 Zach Price (South Dakota St.) dec. Chance Rich (Cal-State B), 4-2 (SV1)
Great match here from Price, a Johnston grad. Rich scored a takedown in the second, but a pair of escapes from Price tied it 2-2 after regulation. Price then scored in sudden victory to win and advance.
141: No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) tech. fall Cayden Rooks (Indiana), 20-5
Rooks won the pigtail match here, then Eierman stacked up points in a hurry, leading 10-2 after the first, then added two more takedowns and a cradle to wrap up the technical fall in the third period.
141: Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern) dec. No. 7 Ian Parker (Iowa State), 8-5
Valdiviez took Parker down and then to his back in the first period for a 6-0 lead. Parker tried to rally with two takedowns in the third period, but couldn’t fully come all the way back.
149: No. 12 Max Murin (Iowa) dec. Graham Rooks (Indiana), 8-7
Excellent match here from Murin. After an 0-2 showing at the Big Ten Championships, he rallied from a 4-1 hole here thanks to takedowns in the second and third periods and won the match via riding time to advance.
149: No. 14 Michael Blockhus (Minnesota) maj. dec. Casey Cobb (Navy), 10-0
Workmanlike performance from Blockhus here. He led 6-0 in the first period, then added another takedown and riding-time in the third to get the major and advance.
149: Triston Lara (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 10 Mike Van Brill (Rutgers), 12-7
Lara is more than capable of making a run this week, and this match was an excellent start. He trailed 3-1 in the second, then took Van Brill to his back to take a 7-3 lead. He added a reversal and another takedown in the third to seal it and advance.
149: No. 15 Griffin Parriott (Purdue) dec. Jarrett Degen (Iowa State, 10-7
Iowa State’s tough opening round continued here, with Parriott taking a 7-2 lead midway through the second period. Degen tried to rally in the third, but the hole was too big. Cyclones dropped their first four matches here.
157: No. 5 Kaleb Young (Iowa) maj. dec. Caleb Licking (Nebraska), 10-2
Young gives Iowa a perfect 5-0 record in this session. He scored two takedowns in the first period and two more in the third and added another point for riding-time to secure the major decision.
157: No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) maj. dec. Markus Hartman (Army), 16-2
Carr scored a quick takedown, then Hartman reversed him in the first period to tie it 2-2 early, but then Carr settled in and did what he does: a reversal for a 4-2 lead, a turn in the second, then another takedown and turn sequence in the third to wrap it up.
157: Cade DeVos (South Dakota St.) dec. No. 15 Chase Saldate (Michigan St.), 3-1
Southeast Polk grad scores late to take out the 15-seed in Saldate. The Iowa Jackrabbits are off to a hot start, with DeVos and Price both winning.
RESULTS FROM SESSION 1B (165-285)
165, pigtail: Austin Yant (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra), 12-4
Yant poured it on late to take this one. Was 4-4 after trading takedowns in the first period, then Yant rode Stamm out in the second, and added a takedown and nearfall, plus riding time, in the third for the major.
165: No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) maj. dec. Austin Yant (Northern Iowa), 19-6
Yant’s reward for the pigtail win was a matchup against top-seeded Alex Marinelli, who proceeded to put on a takedown clinic en route to the major decision. Marinelli scored seven total takedowns, plus a reversal and another point for riding time.
174: No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) tech. fall Drew Hughes (Michigan State), 22-7
Kemerer also put on a takedown clinic, scoring nine to secure the technical fall over Hughes in the second period.
174: No. 4 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) over Lance Runyon (Northern Iowa), MFF
Runyon pulled out of the tournament because of nagging shoulder injuries.
184: Owen Webster (Minnesota) dec. No. 16 Max Lyon (Purdue), 5-3
Webster scored takedowns in the second and third periods to take out Lyon, a Western Dubuque grad. They split their previous two meetings, and Webster takes the rubber match to advance.
184: No. 12 Nelson Brands (Iowa) dec. Dominic Ducharme (Cal-State B),. 8-6
Solid performance from Brands. Scored a takedown in the first, then a reversal in the second after giving up two backs. Added two more takedowns later in the second to keep his distance and advance.
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184: No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) dec. Sam Colbray (Iowa State), 2-1
This rematch did not match the thrilling regular-season meeting between these two. Colbray got dinged for stalling twice in the first two periods. Both guys had opportunities for takedowns near the edge, but couldn’t convert, so that stall point held up as the difference.
197: No. 5 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. Nick Reenan (NC State), 9-7 (SV1)
Fantastic match here from Warner. Reenan connected on a headlock in the first period to lead 6-0 and nearly pinned Warner. But he rolled through for a reversal, then forced three stall calls and scored a takedown in the third to force overtime at 7-7, then scored another takedown to win it.
197: No. 12 Lucas Davison (Northwestern) dec. Marcus Coleman (Iowa State), 8-3
It was 3-3 after Coleman scored a takedown in the second period, but Davison rode out Coleman in the third for riding-time and added a full set of nearfall along the way. The Cyclones’ struggles continue.
197: No. 13 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota St.) dec. Max Shaw (North Carolina), 4-2
Strong finish here from Sloan. Shaw had an early lead thanks to a first period takedown, but Sloan tied it 2-2 entering the third and connected on a takedown in the third to win and advance.
285: No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) maj. dec. Jon Spaulding (Edinboro), 9-1
First slow-moving match from Cassioppi that we’ve seen in a while, but he scored two takedowns in the third and added points for stalling and riding time to secure the bonus points.
285: No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) dec. Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra), 5-2
Knighton-Ward scored a quick two in the first period, but Gremmel battled back with an escape, a stall point and a takedown of his own, all in the second period. That was enough to advance.
285: No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) dec. Hunter Catka (Virginia Tech), 3-1
Isley scores a late takedown to top Catka here, giving the Panthers four wrestlers in the second round.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register.