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OPEN THREAD: Rutgers Wrestling at NCAA Championships: Day 1

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Roy DeBoer - used with permission

The first session of Day 1 of the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships is in the books.  We will have a summary of Rutgers' results following each day's action.

Team Scoring after Session 1

Place School Count Points
1 OHST 8 16.5
2 PSU 9 16
3 NEB 10 13
4 IOWA 9 11
5 MICH 7 10
5 MIZZ 9 10
5 OKST 10 10
8 NCST 8 9
8 VT 8 9
10 ILL 6 6.5
10 RUT 10 6.5
12 ISU 6 6
12 LEH 9 6
12 OU 6 6
15 KENT 5 5
15 UNI 5 5
15 STAN 6 5
18 BUCK 6 4
18 CORN 9 4
18 DREX 3 4
18 RID 6 4
18 WYO 3 4

How to watch

ESPN will broadcast every match on every mat again this year on ESPN3/WatchESPN, in addition to linear coverage of all six sessions. Friday night and Saturday night are on ESPN, while all other sessions are on ESPNU.

Rutgers opens the day with all ten wrestlers starting the tournament.  The opening match for the Knights is Sean McCabe. When McCabe led off the session at the Big Ten Championships, it led to a 15-3 session and boosted the Knights into fifth place.  They will be looking for another start like that at MSG.

The highest seeded wrestler for the Knights is Anthony Ashnault (141) at No. 4, followed by Anthony Perrotti (165) at No. 7 and Richie Lewis (157) at No. 9.

Day 1 Schedule

Noon: First Session- Eight Mat Configuration, Pigtails and First-Round Competition

7:00 p.m. Preliminaries: Wrestle-Back Prelims (pigtail matches) as needed; Wrestle-Back First Round. Followed by Championship Round, Second Round and Consolation Round

Rutgers First Round Matchups

125 Sean McCabe, 14-14 vs. No. 16 Elijah Oliver (IND) 31-8 LOST 8-2

  • Wrestlebacks vs. Jeske  (ODU)

133 No. 16 Anthony Giraldo, 17-14 vs. Nathan Kraisser (CAMP) 33-7  Lost by fall 6:12

  • Consolation vs. Beckman, (LEH)

141 No. 4 Anthony Ashnault, 29-3 vs. Jamel Hudson (HOFS) 20-8

  • Prequarterfinal vs. Gross (SDSU) WON 15-2
  • Quarterfinal vs.

149 Tyson Dippery, 18-13 vs. No. 16 Patricio Lugo (EDIN) 29-7 LOST 4-2

  • Wrestleback vs. Hammond (CSUB)

157 No. 9 Richie Lewis, 26-5 vs. Andrew Atkinson (UVA) 24-9  WON 7-3

  • Prequarterfinal vs.No. 8 Brascetta (VT) LOST

165 No. 7 Anthony Perrotti, 21-3 vs. Forrest Przybysz (APP) 21-11

  • Prequarterfinal vs. No. 10 Wilson (NEB)  LOST 

174 Phil Bakuckas, 18-13 vs. No. 6 Bryce Hammond (CSUB) 19-3  LOST 7-0

  • Wrestleback vs. Wanzek (MINN)

184 No. 15 Nicholas Gravina, 21-9 vs. Jordamn Ellingwood (CMU) 28-12  LOST 9-3

  • Wrestleback vs. Lampe (CHATT)

197 Hayden Hrymack, 17-14 vs. No. 2 J'Den Cox (MIZZ) 17-14  LOST by fall 1:18

  • Wrestleback vs. Rotert (SDSU)

285 No. 12 Billy Smith, 27-8 vs. Ross Larson (OU) 19-11

  • Wrestleback vs. Solomon (PITT)  WON 3-0

The Last of the Pre-Tournament Interviews

Big Ten at the Championships

Wrestlers from all 14 Big Ten schools headed to Madison Square Garden in New York City to compete in the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Big Ten sent 79 wrestlers, including 53 seeded grapplers, and five No. 1 seeds across the 10 weight classes.  Seventy Big Ten wrestlers earned spots in the NCAA Championships field by virtue of their Big Ten Championships finish.

Five Big Ten wrestlers hold the top seed in their respective weight classes, including Illinois' Isaiah Martinez (157), Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello (125) and Penn State's Zain Retherford (149), Bo Nickal (174) and Morgan McIntosh (197).