In a matchup of ranked wrestlers, No. 5 Trevor Brandvold downed No. 12 Brent Haynes of Missouri, 5-2, at 197 lbs.
With 1:11 left in the first period, Brandvold earned a takedown to go up 2-0.
To start the second period, Brandvold began down and escaped 13 seconds in. A takedown from Haynes with 1:36 remaining cut the lead to 3-2, but Brandvold escaped with 1 minute remaining.
Haynes started in the down position in the third period, and Brandvold was able to ride him the entire frame to earn riding time and win 5-2.
Sophomore Travis Rutt took an early lead, but he was overcome by No. 1 Kirk Smith of Boise State in a second round matchup at 184 lbs.
After a scoreless first period, Rutt earned an escape after starting down in the second period. The lead would not last though as Smith got a takedown with 51 seconds left.
Smith started the third period down and escaped then scored a takedown in the first 48 seconds of the third period to move up 5-1. Rutt escaped with 33 seconds left, but riding time was given to Smith to make it a 6-2 final.
Sophomore and No. 1 seed Andrew Howe won his second round match in dominating fashion over Justin Kerber of Cornell, 14-3. Howe finished with an impressive 3:39 of riding time in the match.
Howe got right to work, scoring a takedown 6 seconds into the match. He let Kerber up at 1:51, but then took him down 11 seconds later. Another escape was followed by another takedown as Howe led 6-2 after one period.
The second period started with Howe down, but he got a reversal to make it 8-2 with 1:06 left. An escape by Kerber was then followed by takedown from Howe. The second period ended with Howe up 10-3.
The third period featured Howe escaping as he started down. He then used a takedown and riding time to advance to the quarterfinals.
Kyle Ruschell, the No. 4 seed at 149 lbs., was upset in the second round by Torsten Gillespie of Edinboro, 6-4.
Ruschell jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring a takedown in the waning seconds of the first period and then an escape six seconds into the second period.
The wrestlers started in neutral for the third period. Gillespie got a takedown with 1:30 left in the match, but Ruschell was able to escape to take a 4-2 lead with 1:22 remaining.
Gillespie was able to take him down though with 33 seconds left and then earned backpoints with 17 seconds left to earn the upset win.
No. 8 Tyler Graff had little trouble with No. 9 Steve Bell of Maryland in a second round match. Graff cruised to a 13-5 win to reach the quarterfinals at 133 lbs.
Thirty seconds into the match, Graff got a takedown to go up 2-0. An escape by Bell was followed by another takedown by Graff to go ahead 4-1. A reversal by Bell cut the lead to 4-3, but an escape gave Graff a 5-3 lead after an exciting first period.
Graff escaped after starting in the down position in the second period. He then scored a takedown with 33 seconds left in the period to go up 8-3. In the final 7 seconds of the period, Bell escaped but Graff got a last-second takedown to lead 10-4 after two periods.
The third period featured only two scores as Bell escaped at the 1:45 mark, while Graff added a takedown with 19 seconds left. Adding in riding time, Graff prevailed 13-5.
Eric Bugenhagen dropped his opening round match to No. 1 David Zabriskie of Iowa State, 6-2, in the opening round of the heavyweight division.
After a scoreless opening period, Bugenhagen started down in the second and earned a quick escape three seconds into the stanza. Zabriskie took the lead though with a takedown with 1:32 left in the period.
Holding a 2-1 lead entering the third period, Zabriskie scored an escape 7 seconds into the period to move ahead 3-1. He used a takedown with 52 seconds left to go ahead 5-1. Bugenhagen earned one last escape with 22 seconds remaining, but riding time made the final score 6-2 in favor of Zabriskie.
No. 5 seed Trevor Brandvold used a first period pin to defeat Brent Jones of Virginia in the opening round at 197 lbs.
A takedown with 1:08 left in the first gave Brandvold a 2-0 lead, before an escape from Jones with 56 seconds left cut the lead to 2-1.
Brandvold was able to get the shoulders down though and earn a fall at 2:18 of the match to advance.
Travis Rutt has earned a matchup against No. 1 seed Kirk Smith of Boise State after taking care of Nathan Schiedel of Binghamton, 7-3, at 184 lbs.
The first period had no score, but Rutt earned an escape two seconds into the second period to take a 1-0 lead. With 1:26 left, Rutt earned his first takedown to move ahead 3-0. Leading 3-1, Rutt earned another takedown with 12 seconds left in the second to go ahead 5-1.
In the final period, Schiedel escaped with 1:36 remaining, but Rutt earned his third takedown of the match with 1:05 left. One more escape from Schiedel came with 48 seconds remaining, but it was too late as Rutt advanced with a 7-3 decision.
Sophomore Andrew Howe entered the opening match at 165 lbs., as the No. 1 seed with an undefeated 32-0 mark.
He showed why he's the top wrestler in his weight class in the opening round as he pinned Chad Porter of Liberty at 2:03.
After scoring a takedown 47 seconds into the match, Howe rode Porter until getting the pin at 2:03.