Austin DeSanto and Jacob Warner of Iowa reach NCAA wrestling semifinals

Jacob Warner of Iowa celebrates after defeating Eric Schultz of Nebraska in a 197-pound quarterfinal match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, Friday, March 18, 2022. Warner won the decision 2–0. (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette)

DETROIT – Jacob Warner patted his chest and screamed so loudly that his mouthpiece came out.

The excited response was understandable and certainly needed.

Warner produced a motivated and intense performance with a 2-0 decision over Nebraska’s third seed Eric Schultz in the quarterfinals during the third season of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Friday at Little Caesars Arena. He joined Austin DeSanto as the only hockey player to reach the semi-finals.

Sixth-seeded Warner made use of the second period ride to finish the third period to finish a top-six and secure his fourth All-America honors.

“They have beaten me three times in a row,” Warner said. “I knew the last three times I was in the match until the end. I knew I had to be there.”

Warner said he spoke to teammate Abe Assad about a packed youth category that included Schultz and Warner. They have been competing against each other since middle school. Warner’s quarterfinal win leveled his college series at three wins each. Warner won the first two, with Schultz winning the last three.

“Eric is a great competitor,” Warner said. “We’ve been wrestling since middle school. He’s a great opponent. He trains hard the whole time. He’s always been like that.”

Warner was confident of the top spot, controlling Schultz by more than a minute in the regular-season finale in Nebraska. He made a statement in the second, riding Schultz for the full two-minute frame.

Warner executed several vigorous mat returns, one of which took him out of bounds and into the scorers’ table.

Warner said, “I knew when I had that big mat and I almost put him on his back, and I think I almost put him on his back after that, but I knew my The pace is increasing.” “The match may have started in their favor but I started turning it my way with my ride to the top.

“If you can hit hard on people, you can win a lot of matches.”

The two have split six matches that are decided by a total of 11 points. The biggest margin of victory is three points. The last two were one-point decisions in favor of Schultz. Warner put on a strong showing and turned it around when it mattered most, advancing to the NCAA semifinals for the first time.

“I knew I could get there on that,” said Warner, who finished seventh and fourth a year ago. “In that third period, he fired a few attacks. He didn’t get any of them and I felt his energy run out. I knew then and he wasn’t going to get near my feet and I was going to do it.” Had been. “

DeSanto finished the Hawkeyes first in the semi-finals, reaching the round for the second consecutive season. The fifth-seeded 133-pounder defeated Virginia Tech’s Corbin Myers 9-0.

“I wrestled harder and harder,” DiSanto said. “There’s still areas to improve. There’s a technical fallout. There’s a pin. I don’t know. I took it off a bit. Not the way I want to wrestle.”

DeSanto made bookend takedowns for the Major. His approaching 4-point in the second period allowed him to move away from Myers, who had a ride time of over three minutes. DiSanto’s high speed on his feet gets the most attention, but he has improved over the top.

“I was almost in the first,” DeSanto said. “I knew he didn’t know how to deal with it, so I was very confident.”

Leading 2-4, Hawkeye struggled through the rest of the round. Max Murin (149), third-seeded 165-pounder Alex Marinelli, heavyweight Tony Cassioppi, and NCAA finalist Michael Kemmerer on 174 returned to the quarterfinals.

Marinelli and Cassioppi lost a 3-1 decision to the No. 6 seed in a sudden victory. Michigan’s Cameron Amin avenged his loss to Marinelli in the Big Ten Final, scoring a takedown with 11 seconds remaining in the overtime period. Wood’s re-attack from a Cassiopey shot resulted in a decisive takedown.

Murin Cornell lost 6-3 to NCAA champion and top seed Yianni Dicomihalis. Fourth seed Hayden Hiddle of North Carolina State defeated Kemmerer 5-3.

“Three heartbreakers,” Warner said. “I love those guys. I want nothing more than to win for them. I want nothing more than Alex Marinelli to win a title, Michael Kemmerer to win a title. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get that chance. gonna have, but they have to get the next best thing.

“They know. They’ve been raised right, they’ve been trained right and they train right. They know.”

Third-ranked Iowa did not do much better in the consolation round, going 2–4 to lose four wrestlers. All-American Caleb Young (157) and NCAA finalist Jaydin Eirman (141) won their first wrestling, but fell in the next round and would miss the prize stands.

Eirman, who was battling a knee injury that left him medically out of the Big Ten Finals more than a week ago, was hit by Michigan’s Steven Michick in his final match. He finished as an All-American four times.

Penn State maintained the team’s lead as they entered the semi-finals with 73 points. Michigan, which overtook the Nittany Lions for the conference tournament title, was second with 62 1/2. Arizona State was third at 53. The Hawkeyes were fourth with 37 1/2, half a point ahead of North Carolina State.

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