NCAA Wrestling Championships: Takedowns and breakdowns from Thursday's action at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Iowa State’s Earl Hall gets the nod for the best individual first-day performance. He had upset wins over the Nos. 13 and 4 seeds.
by Trent Shadid Published: March 20, 2014
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photo - Pitt's Mike Racciato takes on Cornell's Christopher Villalonga in the 149 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Pitt's Mike Racciato takes on Cornell's Christopher Villalonga in the 149 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Takedowns and breakdowns from Thursday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships

•Best individual first-day performance: Iowa State’s Earl Hall. He took fourth at the Big 12 Tournament but received an at-large bid into the field and took advantage of it by notching upset wins over the Nos. 13 and 4 seeds.

Best match: No. 11 Joey Lazor of Northern Iowa over No. 6 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota at 141 pounds. In the championship bracket’s second round, Lazor used a five-point move to grab an early lead. But Dardanes came charging back to tie it at 8 before Lazor scored a takedown with three seconds remaining to win 10-8.

Biggest upset: The Citadel’s Matthew Frisch over No. 2 Nick Dardanes of Minnesota in the first round at 149 pounds.

Best singlet: Air Force. Blue with white trim, and a lightning bolt on each side.

Best fans: All 15,375. That was the announced attendance for Session I, and Session II appeared to be every bit as strong.

Anthem: The East Side Boys performed the national anthem for the night session on Thursday. No, not the Eastside Boyz made popular by rapper Lil Jon, but the all-male quartet from Midwest City. They get an A-plus for a quick, smooth performance.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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