March 16, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Northwestern's 12th-ranked wrestling team kicked off the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday by going 4-2 in front of 15, 694 fans at the Ford Center. Northwestern finished the first session in a four-way tie for 16th place with 10 points and received wins from Matt Delguyd (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield), Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy), Ryan Lang (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Edward) and Jake Herbert (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny). Lang and Herbert won by fall, with Herbert's coming just 17 seconds into the match.
Northwestern received a huge boost by getting its first win of the day as the sixth-seeded Lang tallied a pin over Nebraska's Dominic Moyer. Lang scored early and often and entered the second period with a 7-1 lead. After another takedown, Lang rolled Moyer on his back and got the fall at 3:57 for his eighth pin of the year. Lang advances in the championship bracket and faces Harvard's Max Meltzer in the second round.
At 165 lbs., Durkee kept the momentum going for the 'Cats with a 2-0 upset over Cornell's 11th-seeded Stephen Anceravage. Durkee took hold of Anceravage's left leg, lifted it up and swept his right leg for the takedown midway through the first period for what would be the only points of the bout. Although the second period went by without score, Anceravage got his riding time up to 1:45 and threatened to cut into Durkee's lead. Durkee dominated in the final period, however, and rode Anceravage out to take the 2-0 win. Durkee is slated to take the mat versus Edinboro's Deonte Penn in the second round.
Herbert, the nation's second-ranked grappler at 174 lbs., tallied the Wildcats' third win of the day and showed how quickly he wants to advance through the championships bracket by pinning Rider's Doug Umbehauer in 17 seconds--the fastest fall of the tournament through the first round.
As soon as the opening whistle blew, Herbert hit a double-leg takedown and was awarded two points just five seconds into the match. Herbert flipped Umbehauer on his back and the referee slapped the mat for his 14th fall of the season. Herbert returns to action by facing Navy's Matthew Stolpinski in the next round.
Delguyd, a No. 10 seed, finished out the Wildcats' first-round action with a thrilling double-overtime win over Lehigh's Matthew Cassidy. After a scoreless first period, the two traded escapes over the final two periods to force overtime with the score tied at 1-1. Neither wrestler scored in the first sudden victory session, but each earned escapes over the final two tiebreaker periods to force a second sudden victory period. There, Delguyd got a hold of Cassidy's legs and took him down for the 4-2 win.
Senior John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) was the first to take the mat for the Wildcats when he faced Kent State's Chad Sportelli. Velez, a No. 8 seed in the tournament, fell behind early but took a 4-2 lead in the second period with a takedown and an escape while he rode Sportelli out for much of the period and cut his riding time to under a minute.
Sportelli took the lead in the third, however, with an early escape and a takedown with 30 seconds remaining, while pushing his riding time back up to 1:30. Velez tied the score with an escape as time expired, but Sportelli took the 6-5 win with riding time. Velez returns to action when he takes the mat with Pittsburgh's Brad Gentzle in the first consolation round.
At 184 lbs., 12th-seeded Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) took an early lead but fell victim to a late rally from Hofstra's Joseph Rovelli. Tamillow got off on the right foot, notching two first-period takedowns and nearly earning backpoints. He tallied a reversal in the second period and entered the final round with a 6-3 lead. Rovelli turned it on the third, however, and tallied a reversal, a two-point nearfall and a three-point nearfall to take the win, 10-6. Tamillow faces Penn's Dustin Wiles in the first consolation round.
After receiving a first-round bye, 10th-seeded Dustin Fox (Galion, Ohio/Galion) is slated to see his first action of the tournament when he faces Oklahoma's Jacob Hager in the second round.
Northwestern finished the first session with 10 points and is tied with Cal Poly, Illinois and Lehigh for 16th place. Defending national champion Oklahoma State stands in first place with 17 points, followed by Hofstra with 16 points.
The championships' second round will take place Thursday evening for each weight class, while the consolation pigtail and first rounds will take place as well.
ESPNU will provide live coverage of the championship semifinals beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 17.
ESPN will air the championship finals live beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
Session 1 summary
Matt Delguyd (NU) dec. Matthew Cassidy (Lehigh) 4-2 (SV2)
Will Durkee (NU) dec. Stephen Anceravange (Cornell) 2-0
Jake Herbert (NU) pinned Doug Umbehauer (Rider) :17
Ryan Lang (NU) pinned Dominick Moyer (Nebraska) 3:57
Joseph Rovelli (Hofstra) dec. Mike Tamillow (NU) 10-6
Chad Sportelli (Kent St) dec. John Velez (NU) 6-5