DAY ONE RECAP: 2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 21, 2013
(A live blog will be provided for all matches that Monarch wrestlers compete in)
2013 NCAA Championship Info | ESPN 3
Championship Schedule (all times Eastern)
Session III - Friday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Session IV - Friday, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Session V - Saturday, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Session VI - Saturday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Day one of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships kicked off this afternoon in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Old Dominion University had four wrestlers competing in day one action. Chris Mecate picked up the sole win for the Monarchs on Thursday.
12th-seeded Chris Mecate (35-7) met Brandon Nelsen (25-13) of Purdue in the 141-pound tournament. Mecate and Nelsen wrestled on Nov. 10, 2012 with Nelsen picking up the win via fall at the 6:10 mark in the match. This time, Mecate did not waste anytime as he jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 30 seconds of the match. Nelsen would escape and cut the deficit to 2-1 after the first period. Mecate started the second period with an escape of his own. Mecate then took Nelsen down; Nelsen would later escape, making the score 5-2 in favor of Mecate after two periods. In the third period, Nelsen started on bottom and escaped; however, that was the end of the scoring in this match until Mecate was awarded a riding-time point after nearly three minutes of riding time. This gave Mecate his first career NCAA tournament victory in his young collegiate career with a final score of 6-3. With the win, Mecate moved up to 12th all-time for most wins by an ODU wrestler in a single season with 35. Mecate also extended his winning streak to 12 matches, with his last loss coming on Jan. 11 against Mitchell Port (Edinboro) at the Virginia Duals.
Mecate will now face UNC's Evan Henderson (36-6) in the Championship Second Round tonight. Henderson is a sophomore who was an NCAA qualifier last year. This will be the first time these two wrestlers have met this season.
Billy Curling (20-11) faced Pittsburgh's Nick Bonaccorsi (18-7) in Round One action. After a scoreless first period, Billy started the second period on bottom and escaped Bonaccorsi's hold. After a lot of hand-fighting, no more points were scored in the second period. Curling started the third period on-top, but Bonaccorsi managed to score two points. This giving Bonaccorsi a 2-1 advantage that he would hang onto for the slimmest of victories.
Curling will take-on Todd Porter, a senior from Missouri in the Wrestleback's First Round. This will be the first time these two have met this season.
Redshirt freshman Rob Deutsch kicked-off competition for the Monarchs on Thursday afternoon against the redshirt senior from the University of Virginia, No. 8 seeded Matt Snyder. This was not the first time that Deutsch met UVA's Snyder, as Snyder defeated Deutsch 1-0 (riding-time point) on Feb. 10, 2013. However, this first round match of the 2013 NCAA tournament was much different. Snyder got the first takedown with 1:30 remaining in the first half. Within the last 30 seconds of the first period, Snyder racked-up another takedown and then a three point nearfall to take a 7-0 lead into the second period. After a scoreless second period, Snyder started out the third period with an escape. Deutsch would get on the scoreboard in the last minute of this match with two takedowns of his own, which were countered by two Snyder escapes. The match came to an end with Snyder holding onto a 10-4 victory over Deutsch.
Deutsch will wrestle Tyler Iwamura, a redshirt senior from Cal State Bakersfield for the first time this season in the First Round of the Wrestlebacks. Iwamura is a two-time NCAA qualifier.
Alexander Richardson (27-13) met the fourth-seeded Cole Von Ohlen (26-2) from Air Force in his first round match of the 174-pound tournament. The first period nearly went by scoreless until Von Ohlen took Richardson down right before the buzzer sounded. With 45 seconds remaining in the second period, Von Ohlen got his second takedown of the match, giving him a 4-0 advantage. The third period was controlled by Von Ohlen, as he would go onto defeat Richardson via major decision, 10-0.
Richardson will now wrestle Central Michigan's Donnie Corby in the First Round of the Wrestlebacks. Corby is a senior who has qualified for the NCAA's a total of three times now. Richardson and Corby met on Feb. 3 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. with Richardson losing a close battle, 2-0.
First Round Results:
125: No. 8 Seed Matt Snyder (UVA) dec. Rob Deutsch 10-4
141: No. 12 Seed Chris Mecate dec. Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) 6-3
149: No. 4 Seed Cole Von Ohlen (Air Force) MD Alexander Richardson 10-0
174: Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) dec. Billy Curling 2-1
12th seeded Chris Mecate squared off with the No. 5 seed from UNC, Evan Henderson (37-6) in the Championship Second Round. Henderson is a sophomore who was an NCAA qualifier last year. Henderson struck first with a two-point takedown with one minute remaining in the first period. Mecate started the second period on-top, but Henderson reversed Mecate and took a 4-0 advantage. Mecate appeared to be on his way to a two-point takedown before the ref blew Mecate for a `dangerous hold'. When the wrestlers met back in the middle of the mat, Henderson got another takedown and led Mecate 6-0. Mecate would then get onto the scoreboard with a takedown of his own; Henderson later escaped and got his final takedown of the match on his way to a 10-2 victory with the 10th point coming from riding time. This was Mecate's first loss since Jan. 11 and snapped his 12-match winning-streak.
Mecate will face Michael Nevinger (Cornell) tomorrow morning in the wrestlebacks. Nevinger is a two-time NCAA qualifier and became an All-American last year after knocking off three seeded guys.
Curling took on Todd Porter, a senior from Missouri in the Wrestleback's First Round. Porter started off the scoring with a two-point takedown in the first period. Porter started the second period with an escape and then a takedown to extend his lead to 5-0 going into the third period. With one minute remaining in the match, Porter took Curling down; Curling escaped for his only point. Porter earned another point for riding time on his way to an 8-1 decision.
Alexander Richardson wrestled Central Michigan's Donnie Corby in the First Round of the Wrestlebacks on Thusday night. Corby is a senior who has qualified for the NCAA's a total of three times now. Richardson and Corby met on Feb. 3 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. with Richardson losing a close battle, 2-0. Corby got off to a quick start in this match with a two-point takedown one minute into the match. Richardson would escape and cut the deficit to 2-1 going into the second period. Corby had no problem escaping to start the second period and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. With 40 seconds left in the match, Richardson cut the deficit to 3-2; however, Corby would get a point for riding time and hold onto a mere 4-3 decision over Richardson.
In Rob Deutsch's First Round Wrestleback match he faced Tyler Iwamura. Iwamura is a redshirt senior from Cal State Bakersfield and a two-time NCAA qualifier. Iwamura came out of the gates very quickly and jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a takedown and nearfall. Deutsch racked-up two escapes, but 5-2 was as close as he would get. Iwamura took Deutsch down again and then earned a point for riding time on his way to a 10-2 victory.
Session II Results
Championship Second Round:
141: No. 5 Seed Evan Henderson (UNC) MD No. 12 Seed Chris Mecate 10-2
First Round Wrestlebacks:
125: Tyler Iwamura (Cal State Bakersfield) MD Rob Deutsch 10-2
149: Donnie Corby (Central Michigan) dec. Alexander Richardson 4-3
174: Todd Porter (Missouri) dec. Billy Curling 8-1
ESPN will continue full coverage of the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Medal Rounds and Final matches. The 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will begin with ESPN3's two of the four Quarterfinals, as well as the Semifinals, will be televised on ESPNU in a side-by-side format. The Finals will air on ESPN on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
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