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NCAA Session 1: Four Still in Championship Bracket
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Release: 03/20/2014
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Oklahoma City, OK – Four Oregon State wrestlers remain in the championship rounds after the first session of the D1 NCAA Wrestling Championships. All eight Oregon State wrestlers will continue to wrestle in session two this evening.

The Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was packed with excited wrestling fans come 11 a.m. With eight mats covering the floor, the action never ends. Oregon State currently sits tied for sixth with nine points after the first session.

The four wrestlers still in the championship brackets are Scott Sakaguchi (149), RJ Pena (157), Taylor Meeks (197), and Amarveer Dhesi (HWT). All four are seeded wrestlers in the tournament.

First to take the mat was Joe Latham (174), competing in a wrestle-in match against Army’s Brian Harvey. After three rounds, Latham earned a 7-6 decision victory over Harvey, advancing him to the first round of the tournament. He then wrestled Central Michigan’s No. 10 Mike Ottinger who claimed a close 3-2 decision. As the tournament is double elimination, Latham will continue to wrestle in the consolation brackets, facing Pennsylvania's Bradley Wukie later tonight.

Next at 133, Oregon State’s Joey Palmer took to the mat, but it was Chattanooga’s Nick Soto that collected the 9-5 decision. Palmer is set to wrestle again in the second session in the consolation matches against Virginia Tech’s Dennis Gustafson.

Moving to 141, Joey Delgado represented the Beavs, but he couldn’t top Old Dominion’s No. 5 Chris Mecate, who tallied a 4-2 decision. Delgado isn’t done, though, and will wrestle in the consolation bracket tonight against Maryland’s Shyhiem Brown.

The Beavs tallied a win at 149 as No. 14 Scott Sakaguchi earned a 3-1 decision in over time against Wisconsin’s Rylan Lubeck. Sakaguchi will continue in the championship bracket and will wrestle Cornell’s No. 3 Chris Villalonga in the second session.

RJ Pena kept the ball rolling at 157, earning an 9-0 major decision over Columbia’s Markus Scheidel. The senior will continue on in the championship brackets, wrestling Minnesota’s No. 9 Dylan Ness tonight. At 184, Pennsylvania’s No. 11 Lawrence Thomas topped Oregon State’s Austin Morehead, by a 12-4 major decision. Morehead will wrestle in the consolation rounds against Eastern Michigan’s Philip Joseph tonight.

No. 12 Taylor Meeks got the Beavs back on track at 197, earning some extra points by pinning The Citadel’s Marshall Haas in 6:53. Meeks will continue to wrestle in the championship bracket, competing against Iowa State’s No. 5 Kyven Gadson later tonight.

No. 16 Amarveer Dhesi finished off the first session for the Beavs with a 14-6 major decision over Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi. Dhesi, a true freshman, will also continue on in the championship rounds, wrestling Minnesota’s No. 1 Anthony Nelson in the second session.

Session Two is set to start at 4 p.m. PT. in the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.

Results:
174: Joe Latham decision Brian Harvey (Army), 7-6
174: Mike Ottinger (CMU) decision Joe Latham, 3-2

133: Nick Soto (CHAT) decision Joey Palmer, 9-5

141: Chris Mecate decision Joey Delgado, 4-2

149: Scott Sakaguchi decision Rylan Lubeck (WIS), 3-1 OT

157: RJ Pena major decision Markus Scheidel (COL), 9-0

184: Lawrence Thomas (PENN) major decision Austin Morehead, 12-4

197: Taylor Meeks fall Marshall Haas (CIT), 6:52

HWT: Amarveer Dhesi major decision Joe Stolfi (BUCK), 14-6

Tournament information:
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK

Dates: Thursday, March 20 – Saturday, March 22

TV Coverage: ESPNU/ESPN3

ESPN Link: http://t.co/9RUGhQ6C0X 

Updated results and brackets: 

http://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=129877009

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TV Schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Session

Number of Mats

Network

Thu, March 20

Noon –  3:30 p.m.

First Session

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Second Session

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

Fri, March 21

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Third Session – Quarterfinals

Eight Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fourth Session – Semifinals

Six Mats

ESPN/ESPN3

Sat, March 22

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fifth Session – Medal Round

Three Mats

ESPNU/ESPN3

 

8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sixth Session – Championship Finals

   
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