D-I Championships: Saturday night fever
March 20, 2010
By Roger Moore
Special to NCAA.com
OMAHA, Neb. - For the first time in three days, Iowa didn't dominate a round of wrestling at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships inside Qwest Center.
The Hawkeyes, who wrapped up a third straight team title by Friday night, scored just two points. However, with 122.5 points, the closest team is 36.5 points behind.
Heading into tonight's final round, Cornell is in second with 86 and two wrestlers going for gold - freshman Kyle Dake at 141 and undefeated junior Mack Lewnes at 174.
Oklahoma, with a very strong Saturday session highlighted by junior 141-pounder's Zack Bailey grinding run through the wrestlebacks, open tonight in third with 69. The Sooners do not have a finalist.
Iowa State, with three in the finals - rookie 125-pounder Andrew Long and seniors Jake Varner at 197 and David Zabriskie at 285 - are fourth at 67.
Wisconsin, represented by sophomore and unbeaten Andrew Howe at 165 tonight, has 66.5 points and is in fifth, one-half point in front of Oklahoma State, who has senior heavyweight Jared Rosholt going against Zabriskie tonight.
Thirteen schools have finalists.
Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State, Missouri, Boise State, Nebraska, Cal Poly and Harvard will also have a wrestler suiting up one last time for the 2009-10 season.
Champions get four points, plus bonus, so the top five could have a bit of a shakeup before we are through.
One thing is for certain, there will be 15,613 in the stands, the fifth time in six sessions the Qwest Center will be packed to the gills.