No. 3 Ithaca advances to semis
Bombers beat No. 28 Wisconsin-Stevens Point and No. 9 Elmhurst
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- No. 3 Ithaca (8-0) posted a pair of wins at the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday. The Bombers, who are seeded third at the 16-team tournament, edged No. 28 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2-5) 19-18 in the opening round before doubling up previously unbeaten No. 9 Elmhurst (9-1), the sixth seed, for a 26-13 win in the quarterfinals.
In Ithaca's opening match, the 14th-seeded Pointers recorded wins by decisions in each of the last three bouts, but the Bombers remained unbeaten by not surrendering bonus points in any of those matches.
Three of Ithaca's five victories came from nationally ranked wrestlers. Jules Doliscar needed just 1:21 to pin his opponent at 174 pounds, Doliscar, ranked third nationally, now leads the nation with 13 falls.
Seth Ecker, ranked third nationally at 141 pounds, picked up the first of his two major decisions on the day, recording a 9-0 shutout.
|National Duals Semifinals matchups|
|No. 1 Wartburg vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-La Crosse|
|No. 2 Augsburg vs. No. 3 Ithaca|
|National Duals Bracket|
At 165 pounds, Nick Sanko ,ranked 10th nationally, was also a shutout winner, blanking his opponent 5-0.
At 133 pounds, freshman Alex Gomez upset the nation's fourth-ranked wrestler, blanking him 5-0.
Ithaca's other win came in the opening bout, where Dominick Giacolone edged his opponent at 125 pounds, 4-3.
The marquee bout, the quarterfinal match-up between the Bombers and Elmhurst, turned into an easy win for Ithaca as Doliscar rolled to a 13-3 major decision against the nation's fourth-ranked wrestler.
Ecker posted his second major decision in as many matches in the win against the Blue Jays, winning 17-4.
Gomez and heavyweight Matt Mahon both won overtime decisions. Gomez was a winner by a 7-5 score and Mahon, ranked seventh nationally, capped the Bombers' day with a 2-1 victory.
Sanko's second shutout of the day came in a 6-0 decision. His two victories raised his season record to 7-1 (5-0 in duals) and his career mark to 43-20.
At 157 pounds, Derek Brenon, who's ranked sixth nationally, bounced back from a loss in the opening round to edge his opponent 5-4. Brenon, who wrestled in his first dual matches of the season, is 9-3 on the year and 52-12 overall.
Giacolone was a winner by forfeit to round out Ithaca's victors.