Day one of the NCAA Wrestling Championships got off to a good start Thursday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes enjoyed a home-mat advantage.
Two time NCAA Champion Matt McDonough at 125 wins by 10-2.
Iowa’s Tony Ramos was a pinning machine at 133 sticking Bloomsburg’s Nick Wilcox.
At the 157, Derek St. John, last year’s NCAA runner, won 9-3.
In the 184, an in state battle, between Ethan Lofthous and ISU’s Boaz Beard. Lofthouse took the win, 8-2. Overall a solid day for the Hawks. They send 6 wrestlers through to the quarterfinals: Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos, Mark Ballweg, Derek St. John, Mike Evans, and Ethan Lofthouse.
The Cyclones has a good day as well, in the 165, a big win for Urbandale native Michael Moreno, upsetting Iowa’s Nick Moore, 5-3.
Iowa State has just 1 wrestler alive for the quarters, 174 pound Tanner Weatherman. Weatherman pulled 2 upsets to reach the final 8.
Cyclone legend Cael Sanderson has Penn state in the hunt for a third straight national championship, but Oklahoma State, Minnesota, and Iowa are all still in it.
Iowa State fell from 5th to 10th after the second session.
Quarterfinals begin Friday morning at 10am.