The NCAA wrestling tournament starts today, just as the pumpkin-pushing counterpart. Here is a preview of the Cyclone wrestlers and what they are going up against in the first round. If they win, their second match is later tonight. Get ready for some INTENSITY!
Ryak Finch (14-8) at 125 lbs. is starting out against #5 seed Nic Bedelyon (29-4) from Kent State.
Finch is a red shirt freshman from Safford, Arizona. He is a three-time high school state champion with a record of 208-2. He was recruited as the #1 119 pounder in the nation.
Bedelyon is a 5th year senior and a four-time national tournament qualifier.
Luke Goettl (11-11) at 141 lbs. has his first match against the #8 seed Darius Little (33-10) from NC State.
Goettl is a red shirt freshman from Clarkdale, Arizona. He is a four-time Arizona high school state champion, as well as a former Junior Nationals Greco-Roman champion. This year he has wins over many ranked opponents, including a #1 ranked Kendric Maple from Oklahoma.
Little is a red shirt senior, and a three-time national tournament qualifier and a two-time MAC champion.
#3 seeded Andrew Sorenson (26-2) at 165 lbs. is matched up with Joe Booth (24-5) from Drexel.
Sorenson is a red shirt senior and a 2010 Nationals qualifier from Woden, Iowa. He has a career record of 49-22 at Iowa State, and a high school record of 155-10.
Booth is a junior who's best finishes were 6th place at the Cliff Keen Invite, 2nd at the Mat Town Invite, and 3rd in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
Boaz Beard (10-5) at 184 lbs. wrestles Victor Avery (23-13) from Edinboro.
Beard is a red shirt sophomore from Wichita, Kansas, and has a high school record of 110-2.
Avery is a freshman with a high school record of 153-20.
#12 seeded Matthew Gibson (25-8) at 285 lbs. is paired with Peter Capone (14-15) from Ohio State.
Gibson is a red shirt junior from Vallejo, California, and a transfer from Sierra College. Gibson has 2 pins in his college record from last year, and was a 2010 California JUCO state champion.
Capone is a red shirt sophomore with a 48-36 record at Ohio State.