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NCAA Wrestling Championships Blog - Day 2

March 19, 2010
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Welcome back inside the Qwest Center, home of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Today, the remaining grapplers in the field of 330 return to pursue their dreams of capturing a national championship, an honor bestowed upon 10 battle-tested wrestlers on Saturday night.

As it did at the NCAA East Regional Championships, as well as the Southern Scuffle and Virginia Duals, LibertyFlames.com is stationed on press row at the Qwest Center, where the web site will be providing a live blog throughout the event, keeping Liberty's fans updated on all the exciting NCAA wrestling action.

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NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Online Resources:

NCAA.com, the official web site of the NCAA

NCAA Wrestling Championship Online Site

Full NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Brackets
- Updated through Session II

Live Results/Stats at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
(provided by NWCA Online)

Live Video Streaming Link
(for Session III – starts at 9:30 a.m.)

Live Video Streaming Link
(for Session IV – starts at 6:30 p.m.)

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Note: All times are local and listed at Central Standard Time.

10:52 a.m. – This blog entry will bring to a close LibertyFlames.com's on-site coverage of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The Flames tied a program record by sending six grapplers to the national championships, bringing the program's national qualifier total to 38 since 1986. With only one starting senior in the Flames' 2009-10 line-up (Frankie Gayeski at 149 pounds), the Flames looked poised to make another run at a solid contingent of national qualifiers for the 2011 championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

10:41 a.m. – For the second-straight season, the Flames will finish the national championships with two team points, thanks to Scott Clymer's championship bracket victory yesterday morning. The Flames will have to await completed action on Saturday night for their final team ranking. Here is a brief look at Liberty's team finishes at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships over the last four years, since the Flames returned to the competitive wrestling mats after a 12-year hiatus.

2007 – 3 points (T49th)
2008 – 3 points (T53rd)
2009 – 2 points (T58th)
2010 – 2 points (???)

10:34 a.m. – The loss by Scott Clymer brings the redshirt freshman's season to a close, ending his best year with the Flames. As a freshman, Clymer finished the 2007-08 season with an 18-20; however, this go-around enabled the Germansville, Pa., native to earn a national qualifier and eclipse the 20-win mark for the first time in his career. With a 20-12 record on the season, Clymer will return to Liberty for his third season with a 41-36 career record.

10:18 a.m. – Liberty's run at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships has come to an end, as Scott Clymer loses his consolation round 3 bout with Purdue's Juan Archuleta, 12-6. Archuleta led from the onset, scoring a quick takedown within the opening seconds, getting his right arm behind Clymer's head. Clymer managed to escape, but by the end of the first period, he found himself in a 6-2 hole, as Archuleta added a second takedown and two near-fall points. Clymer stayed within striking distance in the opening seconds of the middle, reversing control out of the down position to get within two, 6-4. However, Archuleta reversed control and gained the two points. Clymer scored an escape with 45 seconds left, but trailed 8-5 after five minutes of action. Starting out of the down position, Archuleta sealed his 28th victory of the year with a final period reversal and a third takedown to record the decision win.

10:05 a.m. – Scott Clymer and Juan Archuleta have been called to Mat 1, as the two grapplers are on deck. They will follow 133-pound matchup between Lock Haven's John Trumbetti and No. 7 seed Mike Grey of Cornell.

10:01 a.m. – While we wait for Scott Clymer's mat assignment, let's take a brief look at the team standings following the first day's action. Iowa, the two-time defending national championships, holds a commanding lead over the field of 78, thanks to eight of its 10 national qualifiers advancing to the quarterfinals. Below is a look at the Top 10 and a link to the complete team standings following Session II:

1. Iowa – 34.0 points
2. Oklahoma State – 26.0 points
3. Iowa State – 24.0 points
4. Ohio State – 23.0 points
4. Oklahoma – 23.0 points
4. Wisconsin – 23.0 points
7. Cornell – 22.0 points
8. Minnesota – 20.0 points
9. Missouri – 18.5 points
10. Central Michigan – 17.0 points
10. Lehigh – 17.0 points
10. Penn State – 17.0 points
10. Virginia – 17.0 points
55. Liberty – 2.0 points

Full Team Bracket

9:52 a.m. – Liberty captured six of the 10 national qualifying spots at the March 6 NCAA East Regional Championships. The four other national qualifiers went to grapplers from three other programs, Campbell (1), Gardner-Webb (1) and Millersville (2). Of the four, Millersville's Jarrett Hostetter is still alive, as the 157-pounder will be scrapping his way back through the consolation brackets this morning. Here is a snapshot of how the four other NCAA East Regional qualifiers did yesterday.

Campbell's Parker Burns (197 pounds): 0-2
Gardner-Webb's Dustin Porter (285 pounds): 0-2
Millersville's Jarrett Hostetter (157 pounds): 1-1
Millersville's Shane Smith (174 pounds): 0-2

9:45 a.m. – The winner of the Clymer/Archuleta bout will face the winner of Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt and Oregon State's Michael Mangrum in Bout 441 later on this morning in the second go-around of wrestleback action. Schmitt is an at-large selection from the Big Ten, who comes into the day with a 21-17 record as a redshirt freshman. Mangrum picked up his 29th win of the year with a championship round win over Nebraska's Mike Koehnlein (TF, 17-2/7:00), before the Pac-10 automatic qualifier dropped in the wrestleback bracket.

9:38 a.m. - The 141-pound weight class has been one of the tougher classes at this year's national championships, as six of the 12 seeded wrestlers already find themselves in the wrestleback bracket. Three of the six were upended in the first round, while three more fell to the consolation bracket with losses in the Round of 16 late last night.

9:23 a.m. – The P.A. announcer has just called for all wrestlers to clear the mats and we are ready for the playing of the national anthem. Following some brief introductions, wrestling action will begin promptly at 9:36 a.m. the championship round quarterfinals will take center stage on Mats 3, 4, 5 and 6, while the consolation rounds will run on the outer mats of Mats 1, 2, 7 and 8.

9:18 a.m. – Juan Archuleta is in his second year at Purdue after transferring from Sacramento City Community College, where he was a two-time California Community College champion. He posted a 37-2 record in 2007-08, leading his team to a fourth-place showing at the state championships. This is Archuleta's first trip to the national championship, and the junior comes into the matchup with a 27-13 record. Archuleta finished fourth at this year's Big Ten Championships, as the No. 6 seed fell to No. 3 seed Montel Marion of Iowa, 5-2, in the third-place bout.

9:14 a.m. – The loss last night sent Scott Clymer into the consolation rounds where he will face Purdue's Juan Archuleta in Bout 357. Like Clymer, Archuleta was 1-1 yesterday, as he dropped his opening match to No. 2 seed Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State, 7-2, before rebounding with a 9-4 decision over UNC Greensboro's Ivan Lopouchanski in wrestleback action. Clymer is familiar with Archuleta's opponent last night, as Liberty's 141-pounder beat Lopouchanski, 5-4, at home on Feb. 2, thanks to an escape midway through the third period.

9:08 a.m. – Here is a closer look at Scott Clymer's day yesterday, as he opened with a 3-2 victory over No. 12 seed Adin Duenas of Cal State Fullerton in the opening round. The win, which marked the fourth time a Liberty grappler has upset a seeded opponent at the NCAA Championships, pushed him into the Round of 16. A late escape in the third gave Clymer a 5-4 edge over his opponent, Seth Ciasulli; however, the Lehigh grappler made one late push and scored a takedown with just seconds left to keep Clymer from advancing. Had Clymer won, it would have marked the first time in program history a Liberty grappler had reached the quarterfinals of the championship bracket.

9:04 a.m. – Scott Clymer was the one Liberty grappler to survive the first day's action, as the 141-pounder won his championship bout before suffering a hard-beating last second loss in the Round of 16 late last night.

9:00 a.m. – Welcome back inside the Qwest Center for Day 2 of the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Day 1 was not kind to five of Liberty's six national qualifiers, as only one remains to compete on Friday morning. For a full recap of yesterday's action, be sure to click on the link below to yesterday's Day 1 blog and event recap.

NCAA Championships – Day 1 Blog

NCAA Championships – Day 1 Recap