March 19, 2009
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Wrapping up day one of the 79th annual NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri stands in 10th place with 18 points, while Iowa State and Iowa stand tied at first with 33 points. Four Tiger grapplers, Michael Chandler (157, High Ridge, Mo,), Raymond Jordan (174, New Bern, N.C.), Maxwell Askren (197, Hartland, Wis.) and Mark Ellis (HWT, Peculiar, Mo.) remain alive in the championship side of the bracket and will open day two of the tournament Friday morning at 10 a.m. (CT) in the Scottrade Center. Three Tigers, Todd Schavrien (Poway, Calif.) Marcus Hoehn (Farmington, Mo.) and Nicholas Marable (Collierville, Tenn.) will try their luck in the wrestle-backs in an attempt to earn All-American honors and score valuable team points.
Chandler powered through his match at 157 pounds, besting Cal Poly's Chase Pami for the second time of the year. Blanking the Mustang, 6-0, Chandler started off strong, forcing Pami to take an injury time out 44 seconds into the bout. The two were scoreless through the remainder of the first period and Chandler opted to start down in the second, reversing Pami and scoring back points for the 5-0 advantage. Scoreless in the final two minutes of action, Chandler managed 1:26 of riding time for his sixth and final point. With the win, Chandler advances to his third quarterfinal match in four appearances at Nationals. Chandler will meet with fifth-ranked Jordan Leen of Cornell for the second time of the year. The two last met Jan. 25 in a dual held in Ithaca, N.Y. Leen came out on top, 4-2.
“I have to go back and focus on what I can do to him, not what he's done to me,” Chandler said. “I'm excited to wrestle him (Leen) again. He said he struggled in our last bout and that gives me confidence heading into tomorrow's match.”
Scoring the squad's second bonus point win of the day, Jordan collected a 12-4 major decision against Iowa State's Ryan Burk. The first Big 12 meeting of the tournament for any Tiger wrestler, Jordan scored five takedowns, a second period escape and rode Burk for 1:22. Jordan's final takedown of the bout came with two seconds remaining on the clock, making the difference between a win by decision and a win by major decision.
“They weren't the prettiest, but I got the wins,” Jordan said. “I'm here for a reason. I've worked hard all season long to get to this point. Tomorrow I have to go out and wrestle the way that I know I can. My coaches have prepared me and I'm ready.”
Jordan's win is the 120th of his career and moves him to sixth on the Missouri career record book.
Next to the mat, Askren improved to 2-0 at the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Cam Simaz of Cornell. The match was the second of the season between the two grapplers, with Askren earning a one point decision in their previous meeting. Scrambling on mat No. 2, Askren broke the scoreless tie in the second period with a reversal 16 seconds in. Allowing Simaz an escape, his only point of the bout, Askren tacked on a third period takedown and 2:03 of riding time for the win.
Ellis closed out the final matches of the championship bracket with his 3-2 win over Rashard Goff of Cleveland Stats. While Ellis' morning match pit him against his finals opponent from the Dec. 30 Midlands, his evening bout saw the Tiger square off against his semi-finals opponent of the same tournament. Ellis again came out on top, and now stands at 28-3 on the year. His next opponent is Daniel Erekson of Iowa, a grappler he hasn't seen this year.
Sophomore Schavrien rebounded from his first round loss with a 9-3 win by decision over Michael Rappo of North Carolina. Helping his team with the win, Schavrien put the Tar Heel on his back in the first period, scoring a three point nearfall and taking a 5-2 lead.
Marable fought through and won a 6-1 decision over Michigan State grappler Rex Kendle in the consolation bracket. The All-American scored a takedown at the buzzer to close out the first three minutes of competition, escaped in the second and added a takedown and riding time in the third.
Missouri's Marcus Hoehn (Farmington, Mo.) suffered a tough 7-5 loss in overtime to Drew Lasahaway of Kent State. The two were tied at four heading into overtime, were scoreless through the first one minute sudden victory period and broke the tie in the first 30 second tie breaker. Despite an escape in five seconds, Lashaway came back in the second 30 second tiebreaker, escaping and taking down Hoehn for the win.
Henderson, Missouri's only redshirt freshman at the competition, went 0-2 in his first NCAA appearance, dropping a 6-1 decision to Jerome Ward of Iowa State in the wrestle-backs.
133 Pounds: Todd Schavrien
No. 1 Franklin Gomez (Michigan State) major decision Todd Schavrien (MU): 13-2
Todd Schavrien (MU) decision Michael Rappo (UNC) : 9-3
Friday Morning: Todd Schavrien (MU) vs. No. 12 Mike Grey (Cornell)
141 Pounds: Marcus Hoehn
No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU) decision Richard Rappo (Penn): 3-2 (TB)
No. 11 Drew Lashaway (Kent State) decision No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU): 7-5 (TB)
Friday Morning: No. 8 Marcus Hoehn (MU) vs. No. 15 Jamal Parks (Oklahoma State)
157 Pounds: Michael Chandler
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) decision No. 15 Kurt Kinsey (Indiana): 4-3
No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) decision No. 11 Chase Pami (Cal Poly): 6-0
Friday Morning: No. 6 Michael Chandler (MU) vs. No. 4 Jordan Leen (Cornell)
165: Pounds: Nicholas Marable
Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) decision No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU): 5-2
No. 6 Nicholas Marable (MU) decision Rex Kendle (Michigan State): 6-1
Friday Morning: Nicholas Marable (MU) vs. Rick Schmelyun (Bloomsburg)
174 Pounds: Raymond Jordan
No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) major decision No. 18 Shane Riccio (Bucknell): 11-2
No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) major decision vs. Ryan Burk (Iowa State): 12-4
Friday Morning: No. 5 Raymond Jordan (MU) vs. No. 4 Jay Borschel (Iowa)
197 Pounds: Maxwell Askren
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision Raymond Bennet (Millersville): 7-2
No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) decision Cam Simaz (Cornell): 5-1
Friday Morning: No. 5 Maxwell Askren (MU) vs. No. 6 Brent Chriswell (Boise State)
HWT: Mark Ellis
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) decision No. 15 Zach Sheaffer (Pitt): 2-1
No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) vs. No. 17 Richard Goff (Cleveland State):3-2
Friday Morning: :No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU) vs. No. 7 Daniel Erekson (Iowa)
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