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2019 Midlands Quarterfinal Results and Semifinal Pairings and Various Thoughts

  • 125: I realize this has nothing to do with the quarterfinal round, for it was in the consolations, but I don’t care.  #33 ranked Bryce West, of Northern Illinois, formerly of Highland and Solon HS, had a pretty quick pin in the consoles and it was just like watching him in high school again. Their acrobatic style is still fun as hell to watch.
  • 133: With #1 ranked Austin Desanto of Iowa, it’s like you’ve got this guy who is working as hard as a 3-legged pit bull trying to bury a bone on a frozen pond in intense fashion and while this is taking place, you have opposing coaches who try to puncture the intensity by poking the pit bull in the side with a stick and it often provokes a reaction… I mean, it’s a 3-legged pit bull who is dead-set on burying a bone on a frozen pond, of course there will be a reaction.  With that said, opposing coaches try like hell to troll Desanto because they know they can provoke a reaction.  I bet 90% of Desanto’s “end of the match” fireworks that we have seen have been mostly directed towards opposing coaches who he hears during his matches.  Desanto just looks like he would be a total drag to wrestle against.  Like Stevan Micic said about running into him in the consolation round a couple years ago, “I got beat in a match that I was upset about for I should have won, and then I have to wrestle THAT guy a few minutes later who comes at you…” The guy is tough.
  • 141: #12 ranked Michael Blockhus (UNI) lost in OT against the #26 ranked kid from Ohio, Shakur Laney. To be honest, it was a frustrating match to watch, for it seemed like Laney seemed content with doing the circling and circling and fake-half-shot after fake-half-shot game and Blockhus spent a large part of the match trying to figure out how to get that kid to stay in the center and wrestle… wish I had an answer for that.
  • 149: So #1 ranked Austin O’Connor had a minor upset scare in the round of 16 and a HUGE upset scare to Jeren Glosser in the quarterfinals.  Glosser was winning with short time and gave up a stalling point with like 10-15 seconds left and a TD to lose by one point.
  • 157: #6 ranked Kendall Coleman of Purdue looked sharp again beating #12 ranked AC Headlee from North Carolina.  Kind of had a “spurty” feel to it, but took care of business nevertheless.
  • 157: I’m telling ya, this Markus Hartman from Army West Point.  What a run he is on.  Had the big win over Quincy Monday in the round of 16 and just picked up a pin in this round over Logan Parks of Central Michigan.  And this kid isn’t new to the world of upsets… he upset one of the most coveted HS recruits at his weight, Will Lewan (Michigan) in the state finals as a Senior.
  • 165: #6 Ranked David McFadden (VT) defeated #26 ranked Danny Braunagel (ILL) in a close match. Braunagel seemed frustrated pretty early on, for McFadden was drenched in sweat like 2 minutes into the match and it seemed like Braunagel would get in deep on shots and wouldn’t be able to finish, mostly because of how comfortable McFadden is in those positions…defending the shot and with his legs up in the air countering.
  • 174: Bryce Steiert from UNI looks solid, solid, solid. UNI as a whole is pretty solid.
  • 184: The Braunagel twins and Nelson Brands will probably end up clashing a total of 20 times starting a couple years ago and spanning to whenever it ends.  Nice little rivalry…and they wrestle similarly. Nelson was upset because he thought Braunagel was grabbing and holding his headgear.  This seems to happen a lot in Brands’s matches. Headgear stuff.  Anyways, Brands vs. Wilcke tomorrow, right?
  • 197: I watched the match between #3 ranked Pat Brucki (Princeton) and #28 ranked Drew Phipps (Bucknell), but I don’t really know what to say about it. Brucki notched a 4-2 win.
  • 285: When #4 ranked Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) hits a double, it almost looks like he is hitting a “snatch double,” variation of the “snatch single,” but the guys he wrestles obviously have one less post with an additional leg being snatched and it always puts them in danger.  Cassioppi is deadly with that.
  • 285: I saw some of every one of #8 Trent Hillger’s matches today and he progressed as the day went on.  Looked tired in a couple instances today.
  • 285: I wish I would have seen #15 ranked Carter Isley (UNI) and will make it a point to tomorrow.
  • 285: #13 ranked Matt Stencel is one pinning machine.



Semifinal pairings (with seeds)

125 pounds
No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Michael Deaugustino (Northwestern)
No. 2 Pat Glory (Princeton) vs. No. 3 Brock Hudkins (Indiana)

133 pounds
No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois)
No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern)

141 pounds
No. 1 Max Murin (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Shakur Laney (Ohio)
No. 2 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 Joshua Heil (Campbell)

149 pounds
No. 1 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) vs. No. 12 Vincent Turk (Iowa)
No. 2 Pat Lugo (Iowa) vs. No. 3 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa)

157 pounds
No. 4 Anthony Artalona (Penn) vs. Markus Hartman (Army West Point)
No. 2 Kaleb Young (Iowa) vs. No. 3 Kendall Coleman (Purdue)

165 pounds
No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Zachary Hartman (Bucknell)
No. 2 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 David McFadden (Virginia Tech)

174 pounds
No. 1 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) vs. No. 4 Ben Harvey (Army West Point)
No. 2 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 3 Joey Gunther (Illinois)

184 pounds
No. 1 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 5 Andrew Morgan (Campbell)
No. 7 Zachary Braunagel (Illinois) vs. No. 11 Abe Assad (Iowa)

197 pounds
No. 1 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Jay Aiello (Virginia)
No. 2 Pat Brucki (Princeton) vs. No. 3 Christian Brunner (Purdue)

285 pounds
No. 1 Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa)
No. 2 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)

Quarterfinal results (with seeds)

125 pounds
No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) tech. fall Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), 16-1 3:32
No. 5 Michael Deaugustino (Northwestern) dec. No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan), 6-4 SV
No. 3 Brock Hudkins (Indiana) dec. No. 6 Michael Colaiocco (Penn), 5-2
No. 2 Pat Glory (Princeton) tech fall No. 10 Chris Cannon (Northwestern), 17-0, 6:36

133 pounds
No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 8 Carmen Ferrante (Penn), 20-8
No. 4 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) dec. No. 5 Noah Gonser (Campbell), 5-3
No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) maj. dec. No. 6 Louie Hayes (Virginia), 14-5
No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin) maj. dec. No. 10 Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern), 13-2

141 pounds
No. 1 Max Murin (Iowa) dec. No. 9 Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 8-4
No. 5 Shakur Laney (Ohio) dec. No. 4 Michael Blockhus (Northern Iowa), 3-1, SV
No. 3 Joshua Heil (Campbell) dec. No. 11 Salvatore Profaci (American), 2-1, TB
No. 2 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) dec. No. 7 Zach Sherman (North Carolina), 5-3, TB2

149 pounds
No. 1 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) dec. Jeren Glosser (Iowa), 6-5
No. 12 Vincent Turk (Iowa) maj. dec. Michael Murphy (Virginia), 11-1
No. 3 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) dec. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 4-3
No. 2 Pat Lugo (Iowa) maj. dec. Tres Leon (U. of the Cumberlands), 16-3

157 pounds
Markus Hartman (Army West Point) pin No. 8 Logan Parks (Central Michigan), 4:07
No. 4 Anthony Artalona (Penn) dec. No. 5 Justin Ruffin (SIUE), 3-1
No. 3 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) dec. No. 6 AC Headlee (North Carolina), 11-6
No. 2 Kaleb Young (Iowa) dec. No. 7 Zac Carson (Ohio), 7-2

165 pounds
No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) pin No. 9 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard), 6:08
No. 5 Zachary Hartman (Bucknell) maj. dec. Jake Keating (Virginia), 13-0
No. 3 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 11 Danny Braunagel (Illinois), 5-2
No. 2 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) dec. No. 7 Quentin Perez (Campbell), 4-2 SV

174 pounds
No. 1 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. No. 8 Clay Lautt (North Carolina), 5-2
No. 4 Ben Harvey (Army West Point) dec. No. 5 Jacob Covaciu (Indiana), 3-1, SV
No. 3 Joey Gunther (Illinois) dec. Jared Krattiger (Wisconsin), 3-2
No. 2 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) dec. Victor Marcelli (Virginia), 4-0

184 pounds
No. 1 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 8 Johnny Sebastian (Wisconsin), 7-3
No. 5 Andrew Morgan (Campbell) dec. No. 4 Noah Stewart (Army West Point), 5-3
No. 11 Abe Assad (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Tanner Harvey (American), 8-6, SV
No. 7 Zachary Braunagel (Illinois) dec. No. 2 Nelson Brands (Iowa), 3-2

197 pounds
No. 1 Jacob Warner (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 9 Gage Braun (Northern Illinois), 9-1
No. 5 Jay Aiello (Virginia) dec. No. 13 Alexander Hopkins (Army West Point), 6-5, TB2
No. 3 Christian Brunner (Purdue) dec. No. 6 Lucas Davison (Northwestern), 8-5
No. 2 Pat Brucki (Princeton) dec. No. 7 Drew Phipps (Bucknell), 4-2

285 pounds
No. 1 Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. No. 8 Zach Elam (Missouri), 6-0
No. 5 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 4 Jere Heino (Campbell), 8-3
No. 3 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) pin No. 11 Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard), 5:17
No. 2 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) maj. dec. Bobby Heald (Army West Point), 9-1

Top 10 teams after day one
1. Iowa, 115.5
2. Northern Iowa, 69.5
3. Wisconsin, 68.5
4. Illinois, 57
5. Princeton, 53.5
6. Purdue, 49.5
7. Army West Point, 47
8. Northwestern, 46
9. Central Michigan, 42
10. North Carolina, 40

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