OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-time defending champion Penn State leads the NCAA wrestling championships after the first day of completion Thursday.
Five Nittany Lions won their first two matches and advanced to this morning’s quarterfinals. All 10 of Penn State’s wrestlers are still alive to score points.
Penn State’s most surprising loss on Thursday came at 197 pounds. No. 3 seed Morgan McIntosh lost to No. 14 seed Chris Penny of Virginia Tech, 3-2, in the evening session.
Penn State has 26.5 points. Minnesota and Oklahoma State are tied for second with 21.5 points and Iowa and Oklahoma are tied for fourth with 20.5.
Minnesota and Iowa are tied for the most quarterfinalists with six. Oklahoma State has five and Oklahoma has four.
Josh Kindig and Austin Marsden helped keep the Cowboys tied for second place with Kindig upsetting No. 6 seed Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska and Marsden knocking off 2013 NCAA finalist Mike McMullan.
After the Pokes went 0-4 to start session two, Kindig went head-to-head with Sueflohn at 149 pounds. Kindig picked up two takedowns in the first period and held onto the lead, earning an escape in the second period and another takedown in the third to take the 7-5 victory.
Shortly after Kindig’s match, Alex Dieringer pinned Mizzou’s Joey LaVallee in 1:38, giving him his second bonus-point victory of the day.
Tyler Caldwell and Chris Perry followed with almost simultaneous wins. Perry picked up more bonus points for the Pokes with an 11-3 major decision over Tony Dallago of Illinois, while Caldwell earned a 9-2 decision over 15th-seed Danny Zilverberg of Minnesota.
To wrap up the second round in the championship bracket, the Cowboys made a point with heavyweight and sophomore Marsden taking out No. 6 seed McMullan of Northwestern, 3-2.
Defending champion and No. 4 seed Kendric Maples dominated No. 13 seed Brody Grothus of Iowa en route to a 13-5 major decision. He will take on No. 5 seed Jason Tsirtsis in the quarterfinals of the 149-pound division.
In the 125-pound weight class, senior All-American Jarrod Patterson rallied for a 2-1 victory against No. 11 seed Robert Deutsh.
Patterson trailed 1-0 heading into the third period before getting a quick escape. Neither wrestler was able to score a point after that. Patterson won due to his riding time and will face No. 3 seed Nicholas Megaludis in the quarter finals.
Also advancing were Andrew Howe, who beat No. 15 seed Billy Curling of Old Dominion. He will see Pittsburgh’s Tyler Wilps today.
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