NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Thursday, March 18

March 18, 2010

Cavaliers Tied for 10th After First Day of NCAA Championships
Seven Virginia wrestlers won matches Thursday to advance to the second day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships. After one day of action, Virginia stands in 10th place in the competition with 17 points and is tied with Central Michigan, Lehigh and Penn State.

Only five schools have more wrestlers left in the championships than Virginia after day one. The double-elimination event is being hosted through Saturday at Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Virginia qualified a school-record eight competitors to the field this season. In day one, UVa wrestlers combined to win nine matches, matching their total number of wins from all of the 2009 championships. 

Garnett, Dong move to NCAA Quarterfinals
Day one of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships wrapped up late Thursday night inside the Qwest Center as 330 student-athletes began competing for 10 national championships. Among those 330 wrestlers are six Virginia Tech Hokies who are taking part in the double-elimination tournament. Two Hokies won their first two matches to place them into the round of eight and just one win away from All-America status. In all, four Hokies survived the first day and will begin competing again Friday morning.

Below are the results and brief recaps of each match for the Hokies in the second session. The third session will begin Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Taylor Advances To NCAA Quarterfinals
Third-seeded Hudson Taylor won his second-round match and advanced to Friday's 197-pound quarterfinal and four other Terps are still alive in the consolation bracket at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Taylor defeated Joseph Kennedy of Lehigh 9-2 in the second round Thursday night, using three takedowns to take an early lead and stay in control throughout. The senior faces Eric Lapotsky of Oklahoma in Friday's morning session, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. ESPNU will televise the morning and evening session on Friday.

Steven Bell, Alex Krom and Josh Asper dropped second round matches, but can still earn All-American status with good performances in the consolation bracket.

Dudziak Moves on to Quarterfinal Round
Duke senior wrestler Konrad Dudziak advanced for the second time today in the NCAA Wrestling Championship, winning a 4-3 decision over Nebraska's Tucker Lane in the heavyweight round of 16. Dudziak will compete in the quarterfinal round on March 19 at the Qwest Center.

Returning for session II after posting a 6-0 victory in his opening match, fourth-seeded Dudziak scored first with a two-point takedown of Lane. The Nebraska senior responded with an escape to make it a 2-1 score in favor of Dudziak after the first period.

Lane started down in the second session and earned a reversal for two points to go ahead 3-2. The lead was very brief for the Cornhusker wrestler as Dudziak immediately came back with an escape to even the score after five minutes of action.

Scotton Splits Thursday Matches, Will Wrestle Friday
North Carolina 157-pounder Thomas Scotton is the lone Tar Heel remaining in the NCAA Championships after Thursday action at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. Scotton won via injury default in his opener Thursday afternoon, but then dropped a close decision in the evening session. Two other UNC wrestlers, 197-pound senior Dennis Drury and redshirt freshman heavyweight Ziad Haddad, dropped two matches and saw their season end.

In Scotton's opener, he was victorious when former NCAA champion and sixth-seeded Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota was forced to default due to injury in the first period. The two had exchanged shots without either wrestler recording any score throughout the period. Scotton was victorious when the three-time All-America at 149 pounds re-injured an already bad knee.

During the evening session, Scotton was defeated 3-1 by Binghamton's Justin Lister. Lister, ranked No. 16 by InterMat entering the tournament recorded the bout's only takedown in the first period, but Scotton escaped to make it 2-1 after a period. Lister added to the lead when he escaped in the second. In the third period, Scotton chose neutral but after failing on several attempts to notch a takedown, the junior dropped a 3-1 decision.

Bobby Ward Drops Into Wrestlebacks at Wrestling Nationals
Sophomore 149-pounder Bobby Ward dropped a 10-0 major decision to third-seeded Kyle Terry of Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday evening in Omaha, Neb. Earlier in the day, Ward defeated Michael Kessler of Rider by an 8-2 decision.

Ward now falls into the consolation bracket of the tournament and on Friday will face the winner of a bout between Brian Stephens of Virginia Tech or Andrew Nadhir of Northwestern.