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NCAA Session 2: Sakaguchi Advances to Round of 8
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 03/20/2014
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Oklahoma City, OK – Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi remains in the championship rounds after day one of the D1 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

In front of a crowd of 15,375 fans, the Beavers advanced five of their eight wrestlers to day two of the tournament. Oregon State currently sits in 14th with 12.5 points after the first day.

Starting with the championship round matches, No. 14 Scott Sakaguchi (149) was pitted up against Cornell’s No. 3 Chris Villalonga. After a scoreless first round, Sakaguchi was on bottom to start the second. With just seconds left in the second round, Sakaguchi was awarded a defensive pin from the bottom position, knocking off the No. 3 seed. Sakaguchi is the lone Beaver to advance to the round of eight in the championship bracket, wrestling Oklahoma State’s No. 11 Josh Kindig tomorrow morning.

Moving to 157, No. 8 RJ Pena was matched up against Minnesota’s No. 9 Dylan Ness. The match was back and forth through the first two bouts. With just over a minute left in the third period, Ness was ahead 8-7 and managed to tally a fall at the 5:45 mark over Pena. He will wrestle in the consolation rounds tomorrow morning against Rutgers’ Anthony Perrotti.

At 197, No. 12 Taylor Meeks battled Iowa State’s No. 5 Kyven Gadson. The score was kept tight through three rounds, coming down to the last minute. Meeks, down 4-3, had Gadson on the ropes and purposefully gave him a one-point escape in order to try for a last minute take down to tie the score. Meeks was unable to grab the two points, and Gadson tallied the 5-3 decision. Meeks will wrestle in the consolation brackets tomorrow against Wyoming’s Shane Woods.

Finishing at HWT, Oregon State’s No. 16 Amarveer Dhesi faced Minnesota’s No. 1 Anthony Nelson. Both remained neutral for most of the first period, before Nelson grabbed a takedown on the edge of the mat. Dhesi earned an escape bringing him within one, before Nelson earned another takedown and eventual fall at the 4:23 mark. Dhesi will wrestle Utah Valley’s No. 15 Adam Fager in the consolation rounds tomorrow.

In the consolation round matches, Joey Palmer (133) matched up against Virginia Tech’s Dennis Gustafson. The match remained scoreless for most of the first period, before Gustafson was able to grab a takedown and eventual fall at the 2:56 mark. With that, Palmer’s tournament comes to an end.

Moving to 141, Oregon State’s Joey Delgado faced Maryland’s Shyhiem Brown. Delgado claimed the first takedown, but he was countered by Brown’s three-point nearfall in the second round. Delgado escaped, tying the match at 3 heading into the third period. Brown earned another takedown, and even with riding time, Delgado was defeated by a 5-4 decision. With that result, Delgado’s tournament is at an end.

At 174, Joe Latham battled Pennsylvania’s Bradley Wukie. With quick back-and-forth points, the match was fast-paced through to the third period. At the end of the third, Latham had a key escape, bring him within one, followed by a big takedown, giving him a 12-11 lead. With riding time, Latham earned a 13-11 decision, keeping him alive in the consolation bracket. He will wrestle ­­­­Northern Illinois’ Cody Caldwell tomorrow morning.

Concluding the night at 184, Austin Morehead faced Eastern Michigan’s Joseph Phillip. Through a long three rounds, Phillip jumped out to strong lead and held it throughout the entire match. Morehead was able to battle to the third round, but Phillip ultimately earned a 20-5 tech fall. With that, Morehead’s tournament comes to an end.

Day two of the tournament continues tomorrow, with the third session beginning at 8 a.m. PT.

Quotes:
Head Coach Jim Zalesky on Session Two…

“Not a great round; we made too many mistakes and gave up too many points. We didn’t put enough emphasis on finishing our holds. We’ve got on, Sakaguchi, who is in the quarters, and the other guys have got to come back and fight through the back door.”

On Sakaguchi’s win…

“You’ve got to have a feel there. He’s going to let go and give up five points or get pinned, so he [Villalonga] decided to get pinned.”

On the younger guys in the tournament…

“It’s good to have them here, but they just made some mistakes; the same mistakes that we have been working with all year. These are just mistakes you can’t make at this level. When you get to this tournament, you have to be good at the basics.”

On Pena and Meeks in preparation for tomorrow…

“They have just got to bounce back. It’s a tough tournament and there are a lot of guys getting beat here. You’ve got to find a way to bounce back tomorrow. The next match is the most important; you get back in the role, come through the back door and try to take third.”

Results (Championship Rounds):
149: Scott Sakaguchi fall Chris Villalonga (CORN), 4:42

157: Dylan Ness (MINN) fall RJ Pena, 5:45

197: Kyven Gadson (ISU) decision Taylor Meeks, 5-3

HWT: Anthony Nelson (MINN) fall Amarveer Dhesi, 4:23

Results (Consolation Rounds):
133: Dennis Gustafson (VT) fall Joey Palmer, 2:56

141: Shyhiem Brown (MARY) decision Joey Delgado, 5-4

174: Joe Latham decision Bradley Wukie (PENN), 13-11

184: Phillip Joseph (EMU) tech fall Austin Morehead, 20-5

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

   

Session 1 Notes:

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 Pittsburgh’s No. 7 Tyler Wilps 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 8-0 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 6:52. 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), 8-0

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

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