Wrestling - Updates from the Nittany Lion Open

Howdy everyone!  The Wrestling Tigers traveled east this weekend to take part in the Nittany Lion Open all day today.  By my count, I see wrestlers from eight ranked teams, along with other wrestlers I know to be ranked by name.  The Tigers have brought at least one wrestler at each weight, except for 184, where the guarding and resting of #1 Max Askren will be a theme all season.  For more on the wrestlers Mizzou took with them, drop a click here.  As always, ranking are courtesy of the fine folks a InterMat

The action started at 7:30 a.m. central time, so we are already three hours into the day.  I have found one website which seems to be updating the brackets, but I am not sure of the frequency.  Of course, as I return to the site to get the link, they appear to have updated them, so lets take a spin through the classes to see how some of the Mizzou boys are doing this morning.  For anyone interested in between updates, click here

125 - Brad Wisdom (now #22 in one poll) has had one match (byed into the main bracket), an impressive 17-2 win over an opponent from The Citadel.  He will take on Brian Wright of George Mason next (owner of a 13-1 win and a pin in his two matches)

133 - Nathan McCormick has also only had one match, a third period pin of Ben Levin.  He moves on to face Tyler Saltsman of Penn State next.

141 - The Tigers brought THREE grapplers in this class.  Cody Farinella has had a great morning, with TWO wins by pin (one in the third, the other late in the first).  Mitch Crowley from UNC-G is up next for him.  #18 Todd Schavrien also had two matches and was almost as dominant with a tech fall (18-1) and a third period pin.  He moves on to fight Eric Filipowicz of the Navy next.   Lastly, Nick Hucke scored a first match pin before being shut out 12-0 against #8 Naumann of Pitt.  He now moves down to the losers bracket to wrestler a Rider wrestler.

149 - Brandon Wiest is one of two MU wrestlers here and he too owns two wins.  An early 10-3 win, along with a 3-1 win in sudden victory.  His prize?  A next round match against #6 Molinaro of Penn State.  Scott O'Donnell has two decisions for wins today (5-4 and 12-3), and moves on against a Lehigh wrestler in the next round.

157 - Another weight class with two tigers, as Nick Gregoris won his first match 11-2 this morning, while #17 Patrick Wright did the same with a 1:05 pin. 

165 - Just #7 Nick Marable made the trip for the Tigers in this class, and he scored an impressive 15-4 win in his only match today.

174 - Two wrestlers in action here, with #15 Dorian Henderson, who is not yet recorded as having wrestled.  Todd Porter had some early action, and has moved to the main bracket with a 13-2 win.

184 - No Max Askren, no action here.

197 - Two more wrestlers here, with #12 Brent Haynes pitches the impressive tech shut out (15-0), while Jake Glore won his wrestle-in 3-1, and awaits #3 Hudson Taylor in his next match.

HWY - Will we see an all Mizzou final?  It is possible, as both monsters traveled.  Mark Ellis scored a pin at the 1:12 mark of his first match, while #3 Dom Bradley won 11-3.

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