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Brandvold gains quarters with win

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.

Rutt beaten by No. 1 Smith of Boise State

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.

Howe breezes to quarterfinals

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.

No. 4 Ruschell upset by Gillespie

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.

Graff moves on to quarterfinals

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.

Session II moments away

We're just a few minutes away from Session II here at the NCAA Division I Championships. Hope you got a chance to read the recap from Session I.

UW Matchups tonight:

Championship Bracket
133: (Match #198) No. 8 Tyler Graff (UW) vs. No. 9 Steve Bell (Maryland)
149: (Match #232) No. 4 Kyle Ruschell (UW) vs. Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro)
165: (Match #261) No. 1 Andrew Howe (UW) vs. Justin Kerber (Cornell)
184: (Match #293) Travis Rutt (UW) vs. No. 1 Kirk Smith (Boise State)
197: (Match #311) No. 5 Trevor Brandvold (UW) vs. No. 12 Brent Haynes (Missouri)

141: (Match #222) Cole Schmitt (UW) vs.Ryan Adams (North Dakota State)
Hwt: (Match #340) Eric Bugenhagen (UW) vs. Eddie Bordas (Rider)

Bugenhagen drops match to No. 1 at heavyweight

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.

Brandvold takes care of Jones with pin

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.

Rutt earns victory by decision

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.

Howe makes quick work of Porter

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.