2009 Mar 20
WRESTLING: NU 4th Going Into Quarterfinals
No. 1 seed Jordan Burroughs (157 pounds) and Craig Brester (197) comfortably advanced with easy victories. Brandon Browne (174) and a somewhat surprising entrant, Vince Jones (184), remain in the hunt for a national title.
At 149 pounds, senior Robert Sanders lost his first two matches and is done, while heavyweight Tucker Lane lost his first match to eighth-ranked Kyle Massey of Wisconsin in triple overtime, and it currently in "wrestlebacks," or the loser's bracket, a long arduous gulag of matches that could earn Lane a All-American spot, if he keeps winning. Ditto for 165-pounder Stephen Dwyer, who lost 5-2 to Bucknell's Andrew Rendos.
In the team race, Iowa and Iowa State are tied with 33 points; the Hawkeyes are in slightly better position in the lower weights, while the Cyclones have better contenders Jake Varner (197) and David Zabriskie (Hwt) in the upper weights.
The surprise of the tournament thus far is Ohio State, in third with 30 points. The Buckeyes won all five third-round matches and sent five wrestlers to quarters. OSU doesn't enjoy NU, IU or ISU's top-seeded wrestlers, but the Bucks have already pulled off some impressive upsets.
Burroughs had the biggest day for NU, with a pin and a technical fall. Brester won two major decisions while Jones had a pin and a major decision. Browne won by major decision and decision in his first two matches.
Action continues today in St. Louis with the quarterfinals this morning, and the semifinals, to be televised on ESPN2, later tonight.
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