TOPEKA, Kan. – The No. 5-ranked Lindsey Wilson wrestling team sits in second place after day one of the NAIA Wrestling National Championships.
The Blue Raiders ended Friday with 50.5 total team points. Grand View (Iowa) leads the field with 126.5 points.
Four Lindsey Wilson grapplers remain alive in their respective double-elimination brackets. Cam Tessari (ranked No. 1 at 157 pounds), Rhodes Bell (No. 10 at 174) and Matt Walker (No. 4 at 184) all reached the semifinals. Daniel Leonard (No. 9 at 149) suffered one loss and is wrestling in the consolation bracket.
Tessari won his two Friday matches to advance to the semifinals of the 157-pound weight class. The No. 1 seed at 157 pounds, Tessari received a first-round bye then defeated Oklahoma City's Kristian Holguin-Mendez (ranked No. 11) 7-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The junior from Monroeville, Ohio then punched his ticket to Saturday's placement rounds with a pinfall over No. 9-seeded Skylar Weber early in the second period.
Tessari faces Cumberland's (Tenn.) Nate Croley – the fourth-seeded grappler at 157 pounds – in Saturday's semifinals. The top four seeds at 157 all advanced to the semifinals.
Seventh-seeded Bell upset the No. 2 seed of the 174-pound weight class in his path to the semifinals. He dispatched Briar Cliff's (Iowa) Nathan Garcia by way of 12-3 major decision in the opening round.
Bell then defeated No. 10-seeded Randy Keesler 7-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Bell trailed 3-1 in the closing seconds of the match to second-seeded Dylan Blackford of Grand View before working a clock-beating takedown to send the match to extra time. The senior from Stanford, Kentucky countered a Blackford takedown attempt in SV-1 with two points of his own to secure the upset victory, 5-3.
Up next for Bell is Campbellsville's (Ky.) Justin Brown – the No. 11-seeded wrestler in the bracket.
Walker, the No. 2 seed at 184 pounds, won two matches on Friday to reach the semifinals. He received a first-round bye then drew Jovan Villalobos (ranked No. 15) in the second round. Walker defeated Villalobos 8-4.
The senior from Hilliard, Ohio then handed 10th-seeded Logan Moore of Morningside (Iowa) an 8-4 defeat in the quarterfinals.
Walker draws third-seeded Chuck Sharon of Campbellsville in tomorrow's semifinals. All top four seeds remain alive in the winner's bracket at 184 pounds.
Leonard reached the quarterfinals of the winner's bracket at 149 pounds before suffering a narrow defeat. The eight-seeded wrestler in the bracket, Leonard pinned Patrick Grigsby of Williams Baptist (Ark.) in the opening round before picking up a 2-1 decision over ninth-seeded Anton King.
The Sherwood, Oregon native then fell 1-0 to top-seeded Scottie Bonds of Midland (Neb.) in the quarterfinals. The lone point scored came in the second period when Bonds escaped from Leonard.
Leonard rallied into the All-American rounds with a 10-6 decision over sixth-seeded Seth Ehlang in the consolation bracket.
Indiana Tech's Thomas Garty – the seventh seed in the bracket – awaits Leonard on Saturday.
Two Blue Raiders fell one win shy of advancing to Saturday.
Diorian Coleman (ranked No. 6) won his first two matches of the day at 165 pounds before falling in the quarterfinals. He pinned Kirk Kaliszewski (ranked No. 16) late in the first period in his opening-round match before narrowly defeating ninth-seeded Tristian Macri of Cumberlands (Ky.). Riding time proved decisive in that match as it broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave Coleman a 2-1 victory.
In the quarterfinals, Coleman drew top-seeded Grant Henderson of Grand View and fell to him 9-0. The junior from Mesa, Arizona then lost his next match, 7-5, to 11th-seeded Anthony Orozco of Benedictine (Kan.)
Ameer Daniels lost his opener at 285 pounds to 13th-seeded James Jones, 3-2 before rallying for back-to-back wins.
The senior defeated sixth-seeded Jacob Roza of Life (Ga.) 7-5 in TB-1 in his first consolation match before topping Cory Flemming in a thrilling 7-4 victory in TB-2.
With a trip to Saturday's placement matches on the line, Daniels fell to 11th-seeded Terrell Moore of Campbellsville, 2-1.
Chad Lampe dropped his first match of the day after being pinned in the second period by No. 7-seeded Joshua Johnson of Warner Pacific (Ore.).
He then defeated Wayland Baptist's (Texas) Adelfo Valdez, 7-5 in the first consolation round before his tournament run ended the next round. Lampe led Hugo Perez 2-1 in the final minute of period three before conceding a takedown with 40 seconds remaining and losing 3-2.
Brady Moser drew No. 5-seeded Gresh Jones of Dickinson State (N.D.) in the opening round and lost via pinfall late in the first period. The sophomore grappler then faced No. 6-seeded Blaysen Terukina and lost to the Menlo (Calif.) wrestler, 9-4.
Isaiah Frank won two matches on Friday at 149 pounds before being eliminated. He started off the day with a pinfall victory over Tyler Bennett of Bacone (Okla.). Frank then dropped to the consolation bracket following a pinfall loss to Casey Dobson.
In the consolation bracket, Frank pinned Devontae Fitzgerald late in the third period to keep his tournament run alive. He then lost 6-4 to seventh-seeded Thomas Garty of Indiana Tech.
Cole Overman drew second-seeded Ricky McCarty in his opener at 165 pounds. McCarty won that bout 8-1 to drop Overman to the consolation bracket.
The sophomore from Elizabethtown, Ky. then beat Ryan Whittle (ranked No. 13) of Missouri Baptist 9-8 to advance one round further. Overman's tournament then ended when he lost to Cumberlands' Tristian Macri by first-period pin.
Colton Gonzalez (ranked No. 15) went 0-2 in the 174-pound bracket. Gonzalez opened the tournament with top-seeded Lawton Benna of Grand View and lost 11-2. The freshman then fell 10-4 to Hunter Smith.
Wrestling resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m CT. with Session III, which features the championship semifinals, consolation semifinals and consolation placements. Session IV and the championship finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m. CT from the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas.