Well, yesterday was very much a good news/bad news sort of day at the nationals. Good news is we tied our team record from 2009 and qualified 5 wrestlers for the All American round. The bad news is our two top ranked wrestlers both fell in the semifinals and will now have to wrestle another match just to get into the 3rd place match.
Here is a breakdown of where each of our 5 guys is at the moment:
Waters is wrestling against #9 ranked Sprenkle of NDSU. Winner gets to move onto the 3rd place match, loser wrestles for 5th.
McCormick is already in the 7th place match against #8 ranked Brewer of Oklahoma.
Houdashelt is wrestling against #6 ranked Ness of Minnesota to get into the 3rd place match, loser wrestles for 5th.
Larson is already in the 7th place match against #6 ranked Loder of UNI.
Dom Bradley is wrestling against #10 ranked Trice of CMU. Dom has beaten trice I think twice already this year but its still an interesting match up because Trice did not Dom out of the olympic qualifier last year. Winner advances to the 3rd place match.
There you have, 3 guys still wrestling for 3rd place. 2 guys looking to finish the season with a win and give the team valuable points we head towards the end of tourny.