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2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships Day 2

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Day 2, and Jarrett Degen is still alive. He kicked off his tournament in style yesterday morning with a 9-5 win over the #13 seed, Colton McCrystal but then fell 7-5 in the second round to the #4 seed, Troy Heilmann of North Carolina. Now that he’s in the consolations there is no margin for error - one loss and he’s done until next November. But his draw continues to give him a shot as he has a path to reach tomorrow’s All American rounds without having to beat anyone seeded higher than #12.

Full Brackets are here.

Live Match results and brackets are available on Trackwrestling

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

When: Thursday March 15th - Saturday March 17th

TV/Stream: All matches, all mats on WatchESPN plus coverage on a mix of ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN. Details below.

Schedule:

Friday, March 16th

10AM: Quarterfinals, Consolation Round 2, Consolation Round 3 | WatchESPN & ESPNU

7PM: Semifinals, Consolation Round 4, Round of 12 | WatchESPN & ESPN

Saturday, March 17th

10AM: Consolation Semifinals, 3rd, 5th, & 7th Place matches | WatchESPN & ESPNU

7PM: Finals | WatchESPN & ESPN2

Team Scores After Day 1

Post Session 2

Place School Score
Place School Score
1 Ohio State 36
2 Penn State 28.5
3 Iowa 27
4 Michigan 23
5 NC State 20
6 Missouri 19
7 Cornell 15
7 Oklahoma State 15
9 Lehigh 14.5
9 Virginia Tech 14.5
11 Rutgers 14
12 South Dakota State 11
12 Wisconsin 11
14 Arizona State 10
14 Lock Haven 10
14 Pittsburgh 10
17 North Carolina 9.5
18 CSU Bakersfield 8.5
18 Virginia 8.5
20 Drexel 8
20 Minnesota 8
20 Nebraska 8
23 Illinois 7.5
23 Wyoming 7.5
25 Duke 7
25 Maryland 7
25 Northern Iowa 7
25 Stanford 7
29 Kent State 6.5
29 Purdue 6.5
31 Oregon State 6
32 Princeton 5.5
33 Central Michigan 5
33 Edinboro 5
33 West Virginia 5
36 Navy 4
36 Northern Colorado 4
36 Northwestern 4
36 Pennsylvania 4
36 Utah Valley 4
41 Army West Point 3
41 North Dakota State 3
41 Rider 3
44 Columbia 2.5
44 Northern Illinois 2.5
46 Bucknell 2
46 Clarion 2
46 Old Dominion 2
49 Appalachian State 1.5
49 Binghamton 1.5
49 Brown 1.5
49 Chattanooga 1.5
49 Eastern Michigan 1.5
54 American 1
54 Campbell 1
54 Franklin & Marshall 1
54 George Mason 1
54 Hofstra 1
54 Indiana 1
54 Iowa State 1
54 Oklahoma 1
62 Cal Poly 0.5
62 Fresno State 0.5
62 Harvard 0.5
65 Air Force 0
65 Buffalo 0
65 Cleveland State 0
65 Gardner-Webb 0
65 Michigan State 0
65 Ohio 0
65 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 0
65 The Citadel 0

Iowa State Lineup

NCAAs

Weight ISU Wrestler Record Seed
Weight ISU Wrestler Record Seed
149 Jarrett Degen 20-9 Unseeded

Match-By-Match Preview

Match 3

Degen will start the day in the consolations against unseeded (ranked 17th or 16th depending on where you look) Steve Bleise of Minnesota. To get to this point Bleise opened up yesterday with a 7-11 loss to the #3 seed, Grant Leeth of Missouri and then picked up a 6-3 win over unseeded Cole Martin of Wisconsin in last night’s consolation round. Looking at their overall record, best wins, and common opponents I think this is somewhere between a tossup and Degen being a slight favorite. The biggest differentiator in their resume’s is that Bleise wrestled Colton McCrystal of Nebraska twice this year and came up short both times, while Degen just knocked McCrystal off yesterday in the opening round. If Degen comes out and wrestles this morning like he did on Thursday morning I think he’ll pick up the win and keep himself alive for another round.

Since the number of possible opponents grows with each new match, if Degen wins this morning I’ll provide updates in the comments with analysis for any additional matches.

Prediction

Choo Choo! When brackets first came out I tweeted out about how good of a draw Degen had received. And with #15 seeded Perry knocking off #2 seeded Sorenson last night his draw opened up even more. Degen’s most likely path to AA at this point involves beating an unseeded guy, the #12 seed (who despite being seeded higher than McCrystal is ranked below him in every ranking), and then the #15 seed. The seas have parted for Degen. But that’s only half the battle. Even with a great draw you still have to earn your way. I think Degen has about a 50% chance of still being alive when the day is over. I see two possibilities for today - either he goes 1-1 with a win over Bleise and then a loss in the next round to #12 Blees of Virginia Tech or unseeded Krivus of Virginia, or he goes 3-0 on the day and makes a run all the way to Saturday.

Next Up

We’ll have a recap, and hopefully also a preview, up on Saturday morning.