NCAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL
BRACKETS AS OF SESSION II
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March 16, 1:49 p.m.
In Swartz' second match, he was caught off guard by Tony Dallago of Illinois. Dallago took Swartz down at the 2:38 mark and eventually got the fall 33 seconds into the match.
March 16, 1:11 p.m.
Jake Swartz survived a 4-3 decision against Purdue's Braden Atwood to start Friday's competition. The redshirt sophomore fell into an 0-2 hole when Atwood sealed a takedown early in the first period but Swartz escaped quickly. In the second period, Swartz took a 3-2 lead with a reversal to make it 3-2. The final frame was all about the strength of the 184-pounder from Auburn, Wash., who tallied 1:51 of riding time which sealed the point and a 4-3 win despite a late escape from Atwood.
March 16, 11:30 a.m.
Brian Owen fell in a heartbreaking 6-4 overtime loss to Cashe Quiroga of Purdue that would end his tournament life. Owen started well, taking a 2-0 lead after the first period and escaping quickly in the second to go up 3-0. With 34 seconds left in the second, though, the tables turned as Quiroga dropped Owen with a two-point takedown. Quiroga took his first lead of the bout when he picked up a reversal to make it 4-3. Owen kept fighting and used an escape in the final seconds to send the bout to overtime. In the extra session, it was Quiroga's takedown with 29 seconds remaining that triggered the final whistle.
March 15, 10:46 p.m.
Scouting the Session III Competition
Both Owen and Swartz will face Boilermakers from Purdue tomorrow. Owen will take on No. 9 Cashe Quiroga who earned All-America honors (sixth place) in 2010 at 125 bounds before taking a redshirt last season. Swartz will square-off against redshirt freshman against Braden Atwood who entered the tournament with a 22-13 record. Atwood has yet to win a match in the tournament; he advanced by an opponent medical forfeit in the consolation first round.
March 15, 10:20 p.m.
In the round of 16, Jake Swartz faced-off against No. 7 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska in what turned out to be a grueling 3-2 loss. An Ihnen takedown with less than a minute left in the first period dictated the match as Swartz' escapes in both the first and second periods could only even the score with Ihnen having the choice to choose down in the third. Ihnen pulled out with a quick escape in the final frame, causing Swartz to shoot desperately for two points, but to no avail.
Brian Owen won in a defensive battle against West Virginia's Nathan Pennesi. Pennesi took the first lead of the bout with an escape in the second period, but it took him 1:25 to do so, giving Owen a sturdy riding time advantage. Owen earned his escape in the final period in much quicker fashion than his opponent to stay over the one minute mark in riding time and take the 2-1 decision.
George Ivanov's tournament ended with a n 11-4 decision at the hands of John Nicholson of Old Dominion. Nicholson took a 4-0 lead through two periods and never looked back, getting two more takedowns in the third period.
Brent Chriswell lost his second bout of the day against Richard Perry of Bloomsburg, 6-3. After a scoreless first period the two traded three takedowns for three escapes with Perry controlling the tempo.
March 15, 4:03 p.m.
Scouting the Session II Competition
Brian Owen vs. Nathan Pennesi (West Virginia) - Pennesi is a redshirt sophomore who entered the tournament at 29-8...he lost to Aaron Kalil by a 6-3 decision in the first round...qualified for the NCAA Tournament as a freshman last season.
George Ivanov vs. John Nicholson (Old Dominion) - Nicholson entered the tournament with a 26-6 record and lost to No. 1 Kyle Drake by first-period fall...this is the redshirt sophomore's first appearance at the NCAA tournament...tied for second in the NCAA with 13 major decisions.
No. 10 Jake Swartz vs. No. 7 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska) - Ihnen owns a 23-5 record entering the tournament and added another win in the first round with a 16-4 major decision against Ophir Bernstein...finished second at the Big 10 Championships...the redshirt junior has fallen one win short of All-America status each of the past two seasons...seven major decisions this year.
Brent Chriswell vs. Richard Perry (Bloomsburg) - Perry is a redshirt sophomore and entered the tournament with a 31-10 record...fell to No. 12 Joseph Kennedy in the first round by 3-1 decision...first NCAA appearance...10 major decisions this season.
March 15, 3:20 p.m.
Despite putting up a fight early, the No. 3 seed of Tony Ramos got the best of Brian Owen during the opening round of the 133-pound bracket. The two were scoreless until two minutes into the first period when Ramos scored a takedown. No scoring moves were made for the next three minutes, but Ramos tacked on a point due to two stalling infractions by Owen. It wasn't until the third period that Ramos took over. He outscored Owen 6-2 in the final set, bringing the Hawkeye faithful to their feet.
George Ivanov's first-round bout against Air Force's Josh Kreimier was similar to that of Swartz, low-scoring with rare, strategic shots. Ivanov made a solid move at the end of the first round to get a takedown but was Kreimier responded with a reversal as time expired. Kreimier got the escape and 3-2 lead in the second, which is how the period ended. Ivanov, looking for a takedown to notch the win, chose neutral to start the third period. As time winded down the junior-transfer's attacks became more desperate, and with five seconds remaining, Kreimier jumped on an attempt and turned the score to 5-2.
Jake Swartz picked up his second with of the day with a 5-2 decision against Ryan Garringer of Ohio. Swartz took a 2-1 lead after the first period before a scoreless second period. Though neither scored, Swartz was able to pick up the full two minutes of riding time. In the third, Swartz worked to reverse his position and take a 4-1 lead with riding time heavily in his favor. Garringer picked up one point for an escape but Swartz walked off the mat with the fourth NCAA victory of his career.
Brent Chriswell opened the tournament against No. 5 seed Cayle Byers of Oklahoma State. Byers outscored Chriswell 2-1 in each of the first two periods, making the total 4-2 heading into the final period. The third period though, was all Byers, as he outscored Chriswell 7-1 along with the riding time point to get the major decision victory of 12-3.
March 15, 12:17 p.m.
Redshirt sophomore Jake Swartz started things off with a 5-0 win against West Virginia's Matt Ryan. The bout started slow with both competitors staying on their feet, waiting for their opportunity. Swartz broke the deadlock by taking down Ryan with 14 seconds remaining in the first period.
Swartz started down in the second period, but didn't stay there standing up with Ryan on his back and getting a two point reversal. Swartz controlled the rest of the period and picked up a over a minute of riding time. From there, all the Auburn, Wash., native needed to do was hold his ground. He did just that by keeping the third period a lot like the beginning of the first, keeping the match neutral and riding out a 5-0 decision after earning the riding time point.
March 14, 6:03 p.m.
There's less than 24 hours until competition begins at the 2012 Division I Wrestling Championships and the four Bronco student-athletes taking part will do so in front of a record crowd. The NCAA announced that tickets are sold out for all three sessions, making an expected overall attendance of 110,000 fans.
Jake Swartz will be the first to wrestle tomorrow, competing in the first set of eight matches. Look for him on mat eight on ESPN3.com. He will take on West Virginia's Matt Ryan (19-4) in the pigtail match which begins at 11 a.m. CT. Ryan competed at the national tournament last season and fell to Joe LeBlanc in the third round of wrestlebacks.
Matches will be coming fast and furious when the first round begins, so look for Brian Owen (133), George Ivanov (157), possibly Swartz again (184) and Brent Chriswell during their first-round matches. Each bracket starts with 16 matches on eight mats.
Brian Owen will have a task in the form of No. 3 seed Tony Ramos in the first round. Ramos, a sophomore, hails from Iowa and brings a 28-3 record to the tournament. Ramos will be making his second appearance at the tournament. He did not place in 2011 and finished second at the Big 10 Championships this season.
George Ivanov (22-6) will see Air Force's Joshua Kreimier in the first round of the 157-pound bracket. Ivanov has defeated Kreimier once already this season, earning an 11-5 decision at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Kreimier, a sophomore, is making his first appearance at the NCAA's after placing third at the west regional. If Ivanov repeats with a first round victory, he will likely face No. 1 seed Kyle Drake in the second round.
Brent Chriswell (14-2) rounds out the Bronco lineup at 197 pounds. He will take on No. 5 seed Cayle Byers of Oklahoma State. Byers is a redshirt senior who owns a 23-3 record this season. Neither Chriswell nor Byers wrestled in the dual match. This is Byers' third time at the Championships after qualifying as a freshman and a sophomore at George Mason. Byers is currently on an 11-bout win streak.