Lions Perfect 9-0 in NCAA Session Two

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The Penn State Nittany Lions (14-0, 9-0 B1G) posted a perfect 9-0 record in session two of the 2018 NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.  Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad is looking to win its seventh NCAA title in the last eight years in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
 
The Nittany Lions have pushed seven of its nine NCAA qualifiers through to the quarterfinals with the other two still alive in consolation action.  Penn State is in second place in the team race as of 9:50 p.m. (with a few consolation bouts still on the mat).  The Lions have 28.5 points while Ohio State is in first with 36.0.  Iowa is close behind the Lions at 27.0 (Iowa had one wrestler still in consolation action as of press time).
 
Senior Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), the No. 1 seed at 149, took on No. 16 Alfred Bannister in Penn State’s first bout of the session, opening up round two for the Nittany Lions.  Retherford, two-time defending NCAA Champion, opened up a 4-0 lead in the first period and then turned Bannister to his back late in the period.  Retherford adjusted once and got the fall at the 2:29 mark.  His win moves him into tomorrow morning’s national quarterfinals.
 
Junior Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 157, took on No. 14 Andrew Crone of Wisconsin in the second round.  The defending NCAA Champion opened an early 2-1 lead in the first period and extended it to a 5-1 lead after two periods.  The Lion tacked on a riding time point and rolled to a 6-1 win.  The victory moves Nolf into the quarterfinals tomorrow.
 
Sophomore Vincenzo Joseph (Pittsburgh, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 165, faced off against No. 14 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming in the second round.  The defending NCAA Champion took an early 2-0 lead and led by that score after one.  He chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead.  Joseph held on for a hard-fought 3-1 victory.  The win moves him into the quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
 
Sophomore Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Utah), the No. 2 seed at 174, took on No. 15 Dylan Lydy of Purdue in the second round.  Hall came out blazing with a takedown and four quick back points to open up a 6-0 lead early.  He led 6-1 after one and increased his lead to 9-1 early in the second period.  Another turn and Hall led 13-1 after three periods.  The defending NCAA Champion took Lydy down and turned him twice in the third period to roll to a 21-3 technical fall at the 6:54 mark. The bonus point win moves Hall into the quarterfinals tomorrow.
 
Junior Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas), the No. 1 seed at 184, took on No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood of Central Michigan in round two.  The defending NCAA Champion scored the first takedown less than a minute into the bout to take an early lead.  He tacked on another late in the period to lead 4-1 after one. Nickal upped his lead to 6-3 after two and posted a strong 10-4 decision with 2:24 in riding time.  The victory moves Nickal into the quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
 
Junior Shakur Rasheed (Coram, N.Y.), the No. 5 seed at 197, met North Carolina’s Daniel Chaid in the second round.  Rasheed struck quickly, taking the Tar Heel down and to his back for four quick back points and led 6-0 after one.  The Lion junior led 9-0 after two and upped his lead to 12-3 midway through the third period. Rasheed dominated the bout, posting a 14-3 major decision with 3:36 in riding time.  The victory moves Rasheed into the quarterfinals tomorrow morning.
 
Junior Nick Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), the No. 3 seed at 285, battled No. 14 Michael Boykin of North Carolina State in the second round Thursday night.  Nevills and Boykin battled through a scoreless first period.  Boykin took a 1-0 lead with a quick escape in the second and held the lead after two.  Nevills countered with his own escape to start the third and the bout was tied 1-1.  The duo moved through a sudden victory scoreless. Each wrestler escaped in the first tiebreaker and then wrestled through a second scoreless sudden victory. With the score tied 2-2, Nevills chose down to start the second tie breaker and quickly escaped to a 3-2 lead.  But Boykin countered with a takedown and led 4-3.  Nevills managed an escape before the period ended and the bout was tied 4-4 with Boykin taking down.  Needing a rideout to secure a win, Nevills turned the trick and won 5-4 on :16 of riding time.  His win moves him into the quarterfinals tomorrow.
 
Senior Corey Keener (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), unseeded at 133, took on North Dakota State’s Cam Sykora in the first round of consolation action.  Keener opened up a 9-5 lead after a wild first period that ended with the Lion nearly getting the fall but having time run out on his effort.  He carried that lead into the third period and rolled to a 9-7 decision.  The victory moves Keener into the second round of consolations tomorrow.
 
True freshman Nick Lee (Evansville, Ind.), the No. 8 seed at 141, battled No. 9 seed Josh Alber of Northern Iowa in the first round of consolations.  Lee scored right out of the gates to open up an early 2-1 lead that he pushed to 4-2 midway through the second period.  The Lion freshman then escaped to a 5-3 lead midway through the third period and iced the bout with a third takedown to post a strong 7-3 win.  Lee’s victory pushes the Lion freshman into the second round of consolations tomorrow.
 
Penn State went 9-0 in Thursday night’s second session with 4.5 bonus points off a pin (Retherford), a tech fall (Hall) and a major (Rasheed).  The Nittany Lions are 16-2 overall with 15.5 bonus points off five majors, three techs and two pins.  Retherford’s two wins today give him 16 NCAA tournament wins as a Nittany Lion, 12th all-time at Penn State.  He now has 123 career wins, eighth all-time, and his one pin gives him 17 this year and 53 for his career, tying Penn State’s all-time falls record (David Taylor and Josh Moore).
 
Most importantly, all nine Nittany Lions continue the event tomorrow morning as session three begins at 11 a.m. in Quicken Loans Arena.  The third session features the national quarterfinals as well as the next two rounds of wrestle-backs. Fans not in the Q can watch session three live on ESPNU, with all eight mats beings streamed separately live on ESPN3. The 2018 NCAA Championships is a three day event that runs through Saturday, March 17.
 
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2018 NCAA Championships – Team Standings after Session 2 (top three as of 9:50 p.m.):
March 15, 2018 – Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, Ohio
 
(some consolation action still ongoing as of press time, but none for Ohio State and Penn State)
1: Ohio State – 36.0
2: PENN STATE – 28.5
3: Iowa – 27.0
 
Weight-by-weight agate (rankings listed indicate official tournament seed)
 
133: Corey Keener, Sr. – unseeded
 
Rd. 1: #11 Dom Forys, Pittsburgh – LBF (4:57)
Cn. 1: Cam Sykora, North Dakota State – W, 9-7 dec.
Cn. 2: Rico Montoya, Northern Colorado – tomorrow
 
Keener, unseeded at 133, took on No. 11 Dom Forys of Pittsburgh in Penn State’s first bout of the tournament.  The Lion senior, now a four-time NCAA qualifier, took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown but Forys answered with an escape and a takedown to take a 3-2 lead.  Keener tied the bout in the second period and was trying to work a cradle when Forys countered and picked up the fall on his own at the 4:57 mark.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
141: Nick Lee, Fr. – #8 seed
 
Rd. 1: Ryan Diehl, Maryland – LBF (2:12)
Cn. 1: #9 Josh Alber, Northern Iowa – W, 7-3 dec.
Cn. 2: #10 Mason Smith, Central Michigan – tomorrow
 
Lee, the No. 8 seed at 141, faced off against Ryan Diehl of Maryland in the opening round of his first NCAA tournament. Lee opened up an early lead with two quick takedowns but Diehl answered with a takedown and quickly turned the Lion freshman to his back, picking up the fall at the 2:12 mark.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
149: Zain Retherford, Sr. – #1 seed
 
Rd. 1: Kyle Springer, Eastern Michigan – W, 16-1 TF (7:00)
Rd. 2: #16 Alfred Bannister, Maryland – WBF (2:29)
Qtrs: #8 Boo Lewallen, Oklahoma State – tomorrow
 
Retherford, the No. 1 seed at 149, began his quest for a third straight NCAA individual title against Kyle Springer of Eastern Michigan.  After watching two teammates see early leads turned into losses by fall, Retherford turned a 2-1 first period lead into a 5-1 edge after two periods.  Retherford poured on the offense in the final stanza and walked away with a 16-1 technical fall with 4:05 in riding time.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
157: Jason Nolf, Jr. – #3 seed
 
Rd. 1: Colin Heffernan, Central Michigan – W, 22-7 TF (7:00)
Rd. 2: #14 Andrew Crone, Wisconsin – W, 6-1 dec.
Qtrs: #6 Michael Kemerer, Iowa – tomorrow
 
Nolf, the No. 3 seed at 157 and seeking a second straight NCAA individual crown, took on Central Michigan’s Colin Heffernan in the opening round. Nolf led 4-1 after one period and extended that lead to 12-3 within the first minute of the second period.  The Lion junior led 14-5 after two and rolled to a 22-7 technical fall on the riding time point.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
165: Vincenzo Joseph, So. – #3 seed
 
Rd. 1: Jonathan Schleiffer, Princeton – W, 15-4 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #14 Branson Ashworth, Wyoming – W, 3-1 dec.
Qtrs: #11 Isaiah White, Nebraska — tomorrow
 
Joseph, the No. 3 seed at 165, began his battle for a second NCAA individual title against Jonathan Schleifer of Princeton.  Joseph opened up 4-1 lead after one, improved it to 9-2 after two periods and closed out a strong performance with a 15-4 major decision with 3:21 in riding time.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
174: Mark Hall, So. – #2 seed
 
Rd. 1: Austin Rose, Drexel – W, 12-2 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #15 Dylan Lydy, Purdue – W, 21-3 (TF; 6:54)
Qtrs: #7 Taylor Lujan, Northern Iowa – tomorrow
 
Hall, the No. 2 seed at 174 and looking for a second straight NCAA individual title, faced off against Austin Rose of Drexel in the first round.  Hall used a first period takedown to lead 2-0 after one stanza and improved it to 7-0 in the second period.  The Lion sophomore quickly tacked on a flurry of third period takedowns and rolled to a 12-2 major with 3:38 in riding time.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
184: Bo Nickal, Jr. – #1 seed
 
Rd. 1: Martin Mueller, South Dakota State – W, 16-4 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: #16 Jordan Ellingwood, Central Michigan – W, 10-4 dec.
Qtrs: #9 Max Dean, Cornell – tomorrow
 
Nickal, the No. 1 seed at 184, began his quest for a second straight NCAA individual crown against South Dakota State’s Martin Mueller.  Nickal opened up a 6-0 lead with a takedown and four-point turn in the first period.  He dominated the second stanza as well, leading 10-2 after two.  Nickal rolled to a 16-4 major decision with 4:34 in riding time.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
197: Shakur Rasheed, Jr. – #5 seed
 
Rd. 1: Sawyer Root, The Citadel – W, 13-5 maj. dec.
Rd. 2: Daniel Chaid, North Carolina – W, 14-3 maj. dec.
Qtrs: #4 Michael Macchiavello, North Carolina State – tomorrow
 
Rasheed, the No. 5 seed at 197, took on The Citadel’s Sawyer Root in the first round of his first NCAA Championship tournament. Rasheed led 4-1 after the opening period thanks to two takedowns.  Root rebounded to tie the bout 4-4 after two periods but Rasheed rebounded with a reversal and then a cradle for four back points and a 10-4 lead.  He stretched his lead to 12-5 with another takedown and rode Root out. A 2:15 riding time edge gave Rasheed a 13-5 major and his first victory in the NCAA tournament.
 
For session two’s information, see recap above.
 
285: Nick Nevills, Jr. – #3 seed
 
Rd. 1: Stephen Suglio, Kent State – WBF (5:24)
Rd. 2: #14 Michael Boykin, North Carolina State – W, 5-4 (TB2)
Qtrs: #6 Amar Dhesi, Oregon State – tomorrow
 
Nevills, the No. 3 seed at 285, opened up his second NCAA Championship tournament with a first round match-up against Kent State’s Stephen Suglio. Nevills opened up a 2-0 lead with a late first period takedown and then upped it to 8-0 after two with another takedown and four back points.  Nevills ended the bout early in the third, turning Suglio to his back for Penn State’s first pin at the 5:24 mark.

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