March 3, 2012
2012 Big Ten Championship Notes
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Purdue University - Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, Ind.
Four lower-seeded or unseeded wrestlers were victorious in the Championship prelims. They came from Purdue's Brandon Nelsen at 141 pounds, Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc at 174 pounds and Peter Capone and Steve Andrus at 285 pounds.
There were 22 bonus point victories in the opening round, 10 coming by fall.
Bout 27 was the longest match of the round, going all the way to a second tie-breaker for a 2-1 decision for 10th-seeded Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana over seventh-seeded Tyler Koehn of Nebraska at 174 pounds
The shortest match of the round was a 1:38 fall for Michigan's sixth-seeded Zac Stevens over Northwestern's Jamseon Oster at 133 pounds.
Five lower-seeded wrestlers advanced in the quarterfinals, comprised of two No. 5 seeds, two No. 6 seeds and a No. 8 seed.
Purdue's fifth-seeded Cashé Quiroga was the first lower-seeded wrestler to advance to the semifinals, defeating fourth-seeded Chris Dardanes of Minnesota at 133 pounds, 6-3.
The first No. 1 seed to fall was Minnesota's Sonny Yohn at 197 pounds as Purdue's eighth seeded A.J. Kissel posted a 9-5 victory to advance to the semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Derek St. John of Iowa used sudden victory to upset the No. 3 seed, James Green of Nebraska, at 157 pounds, 6-4.
No. 5 seed Mario Gonzalez of Illinois, bumped off the No. 4 seed, Max Huntley of Michigan, at 197 pounds at advance, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Mike McMullan of Northwestern pinned fourth-seeded Tucker Lane of Nebraska with just two seconds left in the match to advance.
Iowa's sixth-seeded Bobby Telford upset third-seeded Ben Apland of Michigan, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals at heavyweight.
Iowa and Penn State lead all schools with eight semifinalists.