COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colt Sponseller, a fifth seed in the 2011 NCAA Championships at 165 pounds, advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday night following a 7-3 second-round win vs. Eren Civan of Columbia. Sponseller and the other quarterfinalists will resume action at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. ESPN3 and ESPNU will provide live coverage of the quarterfinal and consolation rounds.
Up next for the senior Buckeye from Glenmont, Ohio, is Josh Asper of Maryland. Earlier in the day, Sponseller, who now has 103-career victories, defeated Chad Porter of Liberty, 11-3.
Buckeyes Ian Paddock (133), Nick Heflin (174), C.J. Magrum (184) and Peter Capone (197) remain in contention and will compete in wrestlebacks Friday morning.
In his first-career NCAA championships, redshirt-freshman Heflin lost, 6-1, to No. 7 seed Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the second round. A native of Massillon, Ohio, Heflin shut out Navy’s Matt Demichiel in his opening match. Heflin now will seek a third-place finish, but will first have to face Mike Dessino of Bloomsburg.
After dropping a 16-8 major decision to Devin Carter of Virginia Tech, the sophomore Paddock rebounded nicely with a 3-1 victory over Garrett Drucker (Oregon State). Big Ten opponent David Thorn of Minnesota is Paddock’s next opponent Friday morning.
Magrum also answered with a consolation win following an 8-0 first-round setback to Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers). Magrum held Mike Larson of Missouri scoreless with a 3-0 win and will face fifth-seed Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming next.
With his 7-3 decision vs. Erik Schuth of Ohio, Capone, a redshirt-freshman from Johnson City, N.Y., will continue his bid for a third-place finish Friday morning when he wrestles Nebraska’s Andy Johnson. Facing No. 6 seed Micah Burak (Penn) in the first round, Capone dropped a 7-3 decision.
Penn State continues to lead the field with 30.5 points. Cornell has moved into second place with 29 points, while Iowa and Oklahoma State are tied for third (25 points).
2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 17, 2011 Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo Center Session II
Team Standings (Top 10) 1. Penn State – 30.5 2. Cornell – 29.0 3. Iowa – 25.0 3. Oklahoma State – 25.0 5. American – 23.5 6. Arizona State – 21.0 7. Wisconsin – 20.0 8. Boise State – 19.5 9. Minnesota – 19.0 10. Nebraska – 18.5 31. (tie) Ohio State – 9.0
Individual Results 133 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) mdec. Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 16-8 Ian Paddock (Ohio State) dec. Garrett Drucker (Oregon State), 3-1
165 No. 5 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) mdec. Chad Porter (Liberty), 11-3 No. 5 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) dec. Eren Civan (Columbia), 7-3
174 No. 10 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) dec. Matt Demichiel (Navy), 6-0 No. 7 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) dec. No. 10 Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 6-1
184 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) mdec. C.J. Magrum (Ohio State), 8-0 C.J. Magrum (Ohio State) dec. Mike Larson (Missouri), 3-0
197 No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) dec. Peter Capone (Ohio State), 7-3 Peter Capone (Ohio State) dec. Erik Schuth (Ohio), 7-3
After Session I COLUMBUS, Ohio – Colt Sponseller and Nick Heflin, members of the Ohio State wrestling team, advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Championships Thursday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Sponseller (165) and Heflin (174) will resume action Thursday night for a place in the quarterfinals.
Teammates Ian Paddock (133), C.J. Magrum (184) and Peter Capone (197) lost their first-round matches and will compete in wrestlebacks Thursday evening as well.
Session II of the championships will air live on ESPN3 or fans can follow NWCA Stat Tracker at nwcaonline.com.
Penn State leads the field with 20 points. The Nittany Lions are closely followed by Iowa, who has 18 points. Rounding out the Top 3 is Cornell with 16.5 points.
The fifth seed at 165 pounds, Sponseller will face Eren Civan of Columbia next. Civan upset 12th-seed Cody Yohn of Minnesota in the opening round with a 32-second pin. In his final NCAA championships, Sponseller, a native of Glenmont, Ohio, downed Chad Porter of Liberty, 11-3. Sponseller jumped out to a 6-2 lead at the end of the second before scoring a pair of takedowns in the final frame and accumulating a riding time of 3:32.
In his first NCAA championships appearance, Heflin shut out Matt Demichiel of Navy, 6-0, in a 174-pound matchup. Heflin, the No. 10 seed, used a pair of takedowns, an escape and a riding time of 3:56 to advance to wrestle seventh-seed Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the second round.
In his opening-round match, Paddock dropped a 16-8 major decision to Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter at 133 pounds. The Buckeye from Warsaw, N.Y., and Carter were tied, 4-4, at the end of the first period and Paddock held a slim 5-4 edge in the opening seconds of the second, but Carter was able to pull away courtesy of a takedown followed by a 3-point nearfall. Up, 11-6, Carter added two more takedowns and a riding time of 1:22 in the third period to secure the win. Paddock will wrestle Oregon State’s Garrett Drucker in wrestlebacks Thursday evening.
C.J. Magrum also suffered a first-round defeat. Hailing from Oak Harbor, Ohio, Magrum lost, 8-0, to Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers). Magrum will next face Mike Larson from Missouri in 184-pound wrestleback action.
Wrapping up the first session for the Buckeyes, redshirt-freshman Peter Capone from Johnson City, N.Y., lost a 7-3 match to sixth-seed Micah Burak of Penn at 197 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Burak scored an escape in the second and took that 1-0 lead into the final period. Burak was able to score back points before Capone escaped to make the score 4-1. A takedown by Burak ensued and soon after, Capone scored a reversal to cut the lead to 6-3. However a final escape by Burak sealed the win. Up next for Capone is Ohio’s Erik Schuth.
2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships March 17, 2011 Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo Center Session I
Team Standings (Top 10) 1. Penn State – 20.0 2. Iowa – 18.0 3. Cornell – 16.5 4. Wisconsin – 15.0 5. Minnesota – 14.0 5 .Oklahoma State – 14.0 7. Nebraska – 13.5 8. Lehigh – 13.0 8. Virginia Tech – 13.0 10. Boise State – 12.0 10. Rutgers – 12.0
35. (tie) Ohio State – 5.0
Individual Results 133 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) mdec. Ian Paddock (Ohio State), 16-8
165 No. 5 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) mdec. Chad Porter (Liberty), 11-3
174 No. 10 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) dec. Matt Demichiel (Navy), 6-0
184 Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) mdec. C.J. Magrum (Ohio State), 8-0
197 No. 6 Micah Burak (Penn) dec. Peter Capone (Ohio State), 7-3