March 16, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After one full day of the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Northwestern's 12th-ranked wrestling team is tied with Cal Poly for 12th place with 16.5 points. The Wildcats have two wrestlers still alive in the championship brackets with Jake Herbert and Ryan Lang advancing to the quarterfinals. ESPNU will provide live coverage of the championship quarterfinals and semifinals beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17.
The second-seeded Herbert rolled on to the championship quarterfinals without wrestling for more than a minute in each of his first two matches. After pinning Rider's Doug Umbehauer at :17 in his first match of the day, Herbert followed suit with a fall over Navy's Matthew Stolpinski in 47 seconds.
Herbert tallied a takedown just 13 seconds into his second match to go up 2-0. He then got good position on Stolpinski, rode him for 30 seconds, got Stolpinski on his back and earned the fall at :47. Herbert now has two pins in 1:04 of time overall for his first two matches. Herbert faces UC Davis' seventh-seeded Kenneth Cook in Friday's championship quarterfinals.
In his second match of the day, the sixth-seeded Lang came out on top in a tight bout with Harvard's Max Metlzer. After falling behind early in the match, Lang came out in the second period with increased focus and intensity. Following an intense scramble, Lang came out on top, flipped Metzler over and nearly tallied his second fall of the day. He instead was awarded a three-point nearfall to take the 6-5 lead and the match's momentum. Lang went up 7-5 with an escape to start the third period, but Metzler stormed back with a takedown to knot it up at 7-7. Lang got the point he needed when he was awarded an escape late in the third and advanced to Friday's quarterfinals with an 8-7 win. Lang faces Lehigh's third-seeded Cory Cooperman in the quarterfinals Friday morning.
No. 10 seed Matt Delguyd
(Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) went to overtime for the second time today in his second-round match, but fell to Cornell's seventh-seeded Jerry Rinaldi 2-1 due to a stalling call in the third sudden victory period. Delguyd went up 1-0 with a second-period escape, but Rinaldi came back with one in the third to tie the score at 1-1. After the first two overtime sessions went by without score, the wrestlers entered the third sudden victory. There, Delguyd was whistled for his second stalling call and Rinaldi was automatically awarded the win. Delguyd returns to action when he takes on Missouri's Jeff Foust in the wrestleback third round.
In his second match of the day, Will Durkee (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) fell in a heartbreaker to Edinboro's Deonte Penn. Penn tallied two first-period takedowns, but Durkee hung tough and trailed 4-2 entering the second. There, Durkee tied the score with a takedown and the match was tied at 4-4 entering the final period. Durkee notched a takedown in the third, but Penn tallied two escapes and the two entered overtime. After the first overtime session went by without score, Penn scored a reversal on Durkee and recorded the fall at 10:53. Durkee returns to action in the consolation bracket by taking on Pittsburgh's Justin Nestor in the consolation second round Friday morning.
In his first consolation match, eighth-seeded John Velez (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings) dominated Pittsburgh's Brad Gentzle for a 14-2 win. After falling behind 2-0 to start the match, Velez tallied an escape, a takedown, a two-point nearfall and 1:36 seconds of riding time into the second period. Velez was relentless for the remainder of the match and walked off with the major decision win. Velez faces Hofstra's David Tomasette in a third-round consolation match Friday morning.
Twelfth-seeded Mike Tamillow (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) was the first to take the mat for the Wildcats in the second session as he faced Penn's Dustin Wiles in his pigtail wrestleback match. With both wrestlers fighting to stay alive in the consolation bracket, neither was willing to give an inch. Tamillow got on the board first with an escape in the second period, but Wiles responded with one of his own in the third to tie the score at 1-1. Both fought hard at the end, but neither was awarded points and they went to sudden victory. There, Tamillow got a good shot in on Wiles and was awarded a takedown just 23 seconds into the period, securing the 3-1 win.
In his first-round wrestleback match, Tamillow wrestled tough versus Lehigh's Dave Helfrich, but was pinned at 4:09. Tamillow held the lead for a portion of the match, but Helfrich was able to get Tamillow in a bad position and notched the fall, ending Tamillow's run in the Championships.
After receiving a first-round bye, the 10th-seeded Fox drew Oklahoma's seventh-seeded Jacob Hager. Hager went up early with a first-period takedown, but Fox cut the lead to 2-1 with an escape. Fox tied the score with a second-period escape, but Hager was able to tally one of his own in the third to take the 3-2 win. Fox is slated to face Penn State's Joel Edwards in the wrestleback brackets.
In the team race, Northwestern moved up from 16th place following session one into a tie with Cal Poly for 12th place after session two. The 'Cats have two wrestlers alive in the championship brackets and four alive in the wrestleback brackets, putting them in good position to make a run at a top-10 finish in the coming days.
Defending national champion Oklahoma State stands at first place with 36.5 points, followed by Oklahoma with 24.5. Edinboro and Hofstra are tied for third place with 22.5 points, while Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska round out the top five with 22 points each.
The NCAA Wrestling Championships resume at 10 a.m. Friday with championship quarterfinals and wrestleback action.
Updated brackets are available at NCAA.com
ESPNU will provide live coverage of the championship quarterfinals and semifinals beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17.
ESPN will air the championship finals live beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18.
SESSION TWO SUMMARY
Jake Herbert (NU) pinned Matthew Stolpinski (Navy) :47
Ryan Lang (NU) dec. Max Metzler (Harvard) 8-7
Jerry Rinaldi (Cornell) dec. Matt Delguyd (NU) 2-1 (SV3)
Deonte Penn (Edin) pinned Will Durkee (NU) 10:53
Jacob Hager (OU) dec. Dustin Fox (NU) 3-2
Mike Tamillow (NU) dec. Dustin Wiles (Penn) 3-1 (SV1) (pigtail match)
Dave Helfrich (Lehigh) pinned Mike Tamillow (NU) 4:09
John Velez (NU) MD Brad Gentzle (Pitt) 14-2