NCWA Championships - Thursday Recaps 157 and 165

March 09, 2018 | Scott Farrell

157 lb. Recap
The top seeds help for the most part in this class, setting up one key match toward the team title race. Chad Simmons, Apprentice’s top-seed who cruised to two wins Thursday, faces UCF’s Matthew Seymour in the quarters. Both Simmons and Seymour, the 8 seed, are returning All-Americans who look to place in the top four for the first time. Simmons was fifth at 165 last year, while Seymour took fifth at 141 in 2016. Seymour advanced by injury default over another returning All-American, Penn State-Fayette’s Ethan Kenney, in the round of 16.

At the bottom of the bracket, Hunter Quinn of Emmanuel had a dominating day as the 2 seed, winning by major decision 16-3 followed by a 17-0 tech fall and then a first-period pin in the round of 16. He’ll face 10-seed Josh Pine of Grays Harbor, who scored two first-period pins sandwiched around a 6-4 decision to reach the quarters. Pine won in the round of 16 with a 27-second pin.

Liberty’s 3-seed, Andrew Burgette, faces a tough quarterfinal against 6-seed and returning All-American Dan Ritz of the Penn State Wrestling Club. Ritz won his three Thursday matches by fall while Burgette edged out a 6-5 win over Josh Feuerbacher to reach the quarters. The other quarterfinal pairs 5-seed Azamat Akhmedov of UMBC against 4-seed Dan Vossbein of West Chester. Vossbein scored a tech fall in the round of 32, and Akhmedov had a major decision to open the tournament.

165 lb. Recap

The top eight seeds all won in this class to set up a quarterfinal series of matches where all four returning All-Americans in the bracket are still in the championship hunt, plus another match that will have an impact on the team title chase. In the middle of the bracket is a matchup of returning All-Americans as Javiair White of the Rutgers Wrestling Club, the 4-seed, taking on returning All-American JA Jones of Emmanuel. Jones took third in this class last year, while White was third at 174 in 2017.

The White-Jones result will have team title implications, as will the pairing at the bottom of the bracket between Liberty’s Joseph Scott, the 2 seed, and Mason Brestle of the Maryland Wrestling Club. Scott reached the quarters with a tech fall and a pin in the round of 16, while Brestle reached with two major decisions. The winner there could face Toledo’s Taylor Workman, the 6-seed and a returning All-American who placed fourth at this weight a year ago. Workman takes on the 3-seed, Richard Viruet of Springfield Technical CC, who charged through his first-day matches with two tech falls by a 34-0 combined score plus a second-period pin in his opener.

The other quarterfinal matches the top seed, Bailey Carlson of BYU, who will be the favorite over 8-seed Peter Becher of East Carolina. Carlson had a tech fall in his opener, then won a big match 6-4 over Liberty’s David Cox in the round of 16. Becher won his matches by 9-1 and 12-6 counts.