NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Thursday, March 21

March 22, 2013

Team Scores
T12. North Carolina (11.5 points)
T16. Virginia Tech (10.5 points)
18. Virginia (10.0 points)
22. Maryland (7.0 points)
T62. Duke (0.5 points)
T62. NC State (0.5 points)

Virginia Advances Three Wrestlers to Quarterfinals at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Virginia advanced three wrestlers to the quarterfinal round at the 2013 NCAA Championships Thursday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Eight of the nine Virginia competitors remain alive heading into the second day of competition, and the Cavaliers stand in 18th place in the team standings with 10 points.

The quarterfinals and second round of wrestlebacks begin at 11 a.m. ET Friday. The quarterfinal matches will air on ESPNU and online via ESPN3.

This marks the first time Virginia has advanced eight wrestlers past the first day of competition.

"It was an amazing day for our program," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "We're excited to have eight guys advancing and three in the quarterfinals. It's a big deal and we're very excited about it. Our guys wrestled hard all day and it showed in the results. We're looking forward to getting after it again Friday."

All Five Tar Heels Advance To Day Two

North Carolina had a successful first day at the NCAA Championships on Thursday as all five Tar Heels in competition advanced to Friday's action in Des Moines, Iowa.

The duo of Nathan Kraisser and Evan Henderson lived up to their seeding as both Tar Heels went 2-0 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinal round.

Freshman Joey Ward and sophomore Alex Utley each won their first round match but suffered defeats in the second round and will begin wrestleback action on Friday.

Redshirt freshman John Staudenmayer fell to Penn State's David Taylor in the first round before advancing in the wrestleback bracket in the evening session.

Asper, Sheptock Advance in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa - Maryland wrestlers Josh Asper and Jimmy Sheptock each won their first two matches on opening day of the 2013 NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Five Terrapins opened the day and four remain as Geoffrey Alexander and Christian Boley bounced back from opening round defeats and advanced with victories in the wrestleback. Asper and Sheptock will wrestle Friday morning for All-American status.

At 174, fifth-seeded Asper was dominant in his opening-round victory over Sam Wheeler of Kent State, while seventh-seeded Jimmy Sheptock easily advanced past Wyoming's Shane Woods.

Looking to earn All-American status for a third time, Asper kicked off the tournament with two takedowns in the first period against Wheeler. Asper earned 1:20 of riding time during the period, most of it coming at the end as he attempted to turn Wheeler.

Eight wrestlers alive after first day of NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa ( - Senior Pete Yates won both of his matches on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championships, being held inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, to advance to Friday's quarterfinal action. Eight of the 10 wrestlers Tech brought to the tournament will be back in action Friday with one still alive for a national championship. The other seven will be fighting to stay alive in the tournament.

"We fought really hard today," Tech head coach Kevin Dresser said. "Tomorrow is a new day and we have to be able to forget things that may not have gone our way. We gotta be really tough tomorrow."

After a rough start that saw Tech lose its first three matches in the first session, including fifth-seeded Jarrod Garnett at 125 pounds, the Hokies got on the board when Zach Neibert upset 11th-seeded Michael Nevinger 3-1 in the tiebreaker after picking up a reversal late. Nick Brascetta, seeded eighth at 149 pounds, controlled the action against Brandon Richardson of Wyoming, picking up a 7-4 win. Seventh-seeded Jesse Dong racked up over four minutes of riding time in picking up an 8-0 major decision over Luke Smith of Central Michigan at 157 pounds. At 165 pounds, third-seeded Pete Yates won a tight 5-3 bout over Mark Lewandowski of Buffalo to advance to the round of 16.

DeAngelo Continues on at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - After picking up a win in the night session, NC State junior Joe DeAngelo continues his run at the 2013 NCAA Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa. Wrestling in the 125-pound weight class, DeAngelo narrowly lost his first round match, but stayed alive with a win in the evening session.

DeAngelo fell in the first round in the morning to Christian Cullinan of Central Michigan, 7-2. The bout was scoreless after the first period, and tied 2-2 late in the second. Cullinan then scored a late takedown, and ended the match scoring five straight points.

DeAngelo came back in the night session and led from start to finish in recording a 7-5 win over Kevon Powell of Ohio. DeAngelo started with a takedown early, and held a 2-0 lead after the first period with 2:28 minutes of riding time. He increased the lead to 3-0, but Powell came back to even things up, 4-4, at the end of the second period. DeAngelo continued with another takedown, and with a Powell escape and adding in ride time for DeAngelo, the final score was 7-5.

Blue Devils Drop Opening Matches at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, IOWA--Duke University's Brandon Gambucci and Conner Hartmann made their debut at the NCAA Wrestling Championships as the duo dropped a pair of matches to end their seasons. Both wrestlers dropped heart-breaking overtime losses to finish day one of competition.

Gambucci and Hartmann both suffered a pair of losses against seeded foes to fall to the wrestlebacks. In the consolation brackets they battled evenly through the seven minutes, but could not come up with the win as they fell in the sudden victory session.

Gambucci, competing at 133 pounds, opened the day against reigning national champion and top-seeded Logan Stieber of Ohio State. The redshirt sophomore battled hard, but Stieber picked up his 13th fall of the year with one second left in the first period.