March 20, 2014
NCAA Championships Bracket II
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – All five Northwestern NCAA qualifiers remain in contention at the 2014 NCAA Championships after the first day of action and first two sessions Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Redshirt freshman No. 5 seed Jason Tsirtsis (149 lbs.) and No. 7 seed Pierce Harger (165 lbs.) advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals with second round victories in the second round Thursday night.
Dominick Malone (133 lbs.), No. 16 Alex Polizzi (197 lbs.) and No. 6 Mike McMullan (285 lbs.) remain alive in the consolation round and will compete in the wrestlebacks on Friday.
Session III of the NCAA Championships with the quarterfinals, which will feature eight mats continue on ESPNU and online on ESPN3.com at 10:00 a.m. CT. Friday’s evening semifinals, Session IV begins at 7:00 p.m. CT. The night session will be on six mats and broadcast live on ESPN and also online on ESPN3.com.
Competing in his first NCAA championships as a redshirt freshman, Tsirtsis from Crown Point, Ind. won his first two career NCAA matches to reach the quarterfinals. Harger advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in his Wildcats career.
Tsirtsis, the Big Ten Champion at 149 lbs. and Big Ten Freshman of the Year defeated fellow Big Ten rival James English of Penn State to reach the quarterfinals. He will face No. 4 seed Kendric Maple (OU) Friday in the quarterfinals.
Harger reached the quarterfinals at 165 lbs. with a convincing 7-1 decision over Northern Iowa’s No. 10 seed Cooper Moore. He now advances to face No. 2 seed Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State.
No. 11 heavyweight seed Austin Marsden upset No. 6 seed McMullan in round two of the championships with a 3-2 decision. McMullan led 1-0 early in the match, but lost the lead and fell behind 2-1 to start the third period. Marsden added an escape to take a 3-1 lead with 40 seconds remaining in regulation. McMullan fought hard to tie things up, but wasn’t able to net any points with a late charge and fell 3-2 by decision with riding time.
McMullan will wrestle in the consolation round, facing West Virginia’s Anthony Vizcarrondo Friday.
In the first round of the consolation bracket at 133 lbs., Dominick Malone defeated Kevin Devoy (DREX) with a 6-3 decision. The sophomore Malone, competing in his first career NCAA Championships, will face No. 11 seed Ryan Mango of Stanford, who fell by a 5-4 decision to No. 6 seed Mason Beckman (LEH) in the second round of the championships.
At 197 lbs., Polizzi advanced in the consolation round by injury default. Polizzi was set to duel Navy’s Paul Rands, but did not compete after falling 197 lbs. top seeded Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the first round of the championships Thursday morning.
Second Round Championship Matches
149: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) dec. James English (PSU), 4-3
165: No. 7 Pierce Harger (NU) dec. No. 10 Cooper Moore (UNI), 7-1
285: No. 11 Austin Marsden (OKST) dec. No. 6 Mike McMullan (NU), 3-2
Consolation Round Wrestlebacks
133: Dominick Malone (NU) dec. Kevin Devoy (DREX), 6-3
197: Alex Polizzi (NU) medical forfeit Paul Rands (NAVY)
Session III Match Ups (Friday)
149: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (NU) vs. No. 4 Kendric Maple (OU)
165: No. 7 Pierce Harger (NU) vs. No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (OKST)
133: Dominick Malone (NU) vs. No. 11 Ryan Mango (STAN)
197: No. 16 Alex Polizzi (NU) vs. No. 15 Braden Atwood (PUR)
285: No. 6 Mike McMullan (NU) vs. Anthony Vizcarrondo (WVU)
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