PHILADELPHIA-- Seven local wrestlers began the hunt for an NCAA Division I Championship title inside the Wells Fargo Center this morning.
Three of those wrestlers still have a shot at it.
University at Buffalo's Kevin Smith and Mark Lewandowski, and American University's Matt Mariacher (Iroquois) advanced to tonight's second round with wins in the preliminary round.
Smith defeated Thomas Mitchell of Liberty, 3-2 in the 133-pound weight division while in the 157-pound bracket Lewandowski (Lancaster) rallied from behind, 0-2, forcing University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Josh Condon onto his back to secure a pin 3:37 into regulation. Smith will take on No. 2 seed Andrew Hochstasser of Boise State and Lewandowski will face No. 4 seed Bubba Jenkins of Arizona State tonight.
Eleventh-seeded Mariacher defeated Kaleb Friedley of Northwestern, 7-2 in the 141-pound weight class and will face No. 6 seed Andrew Alton of Penn State in the next round.
A shot from press row.
UB's Andrew Schutt (141), Desi Green (149), John Martin-Cannon (165) and Brett Correll (285) were defeated in their first matches and will move to the wrestlebacks to try and work their way back to a top eight, All-American status finish.
The twelfth-seeded Green, UB's only seeded wrestler, was ahead of unseeded Eric Terrazas of the University of Illinois, 1-0 in the third and final period of the bout before letting him go to tie the match with 1:50 left. Terrazas scored a takedown on Green with 11 seconds remaining, dashing the junior's dream of a national championship this year.
Tonight's matches will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. ESPNU will have a live broadcast of Friday's quarter and semifinals and Saturday's medal rounds. The finals will air live Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here's the full broadcast schedule.
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