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.