As you’re reading this, Session III of the NCAA Wrestling Championships are underway. And all six Scarlet Knights are still alive, two in the championship bracket.
Session III has the quarterfinals and wrestlebacks for two rounds. Session IV - semifinals and two more rounds of wrestlebacks - go at 8 pm.
The full championships schedule is available here.
After two sessions, RU found itself in 11th place with 14 points. Ohio State is leading in the team score with 36 points followed by Penn State with 28.5, only 1.5 points ahead of Iowa.
Both Nick Suriano (125) and John Van Brill (157) are looking to move into the semifinals with wins this morning.
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Session II - Thursday Night
This is a brutal round for those not in thre championship bracket. Probably n the worst position was 149 pounder Eleazar DeLuca. Having lost a pigtail in the first round, he was now in s pigtail in the consolations. And he won - and kept winning.
In the preliminary consolation, DeLuca won by decision over Kyle Springer of Eastern Michigan, 3-2. Then in round 1 of the consolations, he again won by decision over Sam Turner of Wyoming, 5-3. He faces Iowa’s Brandon Sorensen in a win or go home bout.
At 125, four seed Nick Suriano advanced to the quarterfinals with a fall over West Virginia's Zeke Moisey in 2:58.
And as we speak....
125 | BOOM! No. 4 Nick Suriano secures All-America honors with his 8-0 major decision over No. 12 Louie Hayes (Virginia)!#RUWR | #RelentlessPursuit pic.twitter.com/mQH5xagyd3— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) March 16, 2018
He is now in the semifinals and will face the winner of No. 1 Damian Cruz and No. 9 Ronnie Bresser.
Nick Suriano of @RUwrestling makes a statement with a pin over former NCAA finalist Zeke Moisey! #NCAAwrestling pic.twitter.com/tmgAtwXLsW— NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) March 15, 2018
The other quarterfinalist is John Van Brill at 157, coming out of the 15 seed to win two bouts. He took down UNC’s Kennedy Monday - who he lost to in the dual - and who had just upset No. 2 seed Joey Lavallee of Missouri. JVB faces Ohio State’s Micah Jordan this morning.
Everyone else is still alive for as high as third place....if they keep winning.
Scott Delvecchio won by decision over Mason Pengilly (Stanford), 8-4 and will face Buffalo’s Bryan Lantry.
At 165, Nebraska’s Isaiah White won in sudden victory - 1 over Richie Lewis (Rutgers), 3-1, much as it happened in their dual. Lewis gets Northern Colorado’s Keilan Torres this morning.
Three seed Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) won by decision over Nick Gravina, 3-2. Gravina will face UPenn’s Joseph Heyob.
Nick Suriano is now the fifth from Rutgers to ever appear in a national semifinal.— Rutgers Wrestling (@RUWrestling) March 16, 2018
2016 & 2017: Anthony Ashnault (141 lbs)
1960: Mike Leta (130 lbs)
1955: George Mulligan (147 lbs)
1952: Emil Perona (157 lbs)#RUWR | #D1WRNotes pic.twitter.com/IAWJpTUfxS