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Day 1 of NCAA Wrestling Tournament filled with upsets

Who says upsets are only for the NCAA college basketball tournament?

There were plenty of them after the first day of the NCAA wrestling tournament was over.

“Yeah, usually there are a lot of upsets,” Penn State coach Cael Sanderson said. “This is a tough tournament. People come here to wrestle and if you aren’t ready to go then you just don’t know. I think it’s like that most of the time just not in one weight class.”

The 174-pound weight class saw the most as the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds all fell in the first round.

The Nittany Lions’ Bo Nickal is the top seed but his road to the title may have gotten a little easier.

Iowa State’s Lelund Weatherspoon topped Cornell’s Brian Realbuto 7-4. Realbuto was the No. 2 seed and also lost to Nickal in the Southern Scuffle in January.

Navy’s Jadaen Bernstein took out No. 4 seed Ethan Ramos of North Carolina 13-8. No. 3 seed Blaise Butler of Missouri ran into a buzzsaw in Oklahoma’s Matt Reed in a 16-9 loss.

There were a total of 29 in the first round.

Where’s the doctor?

Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh suffered a cut above his right eye in his second-round match with Kent State’s Kyle Conel.

It was so severe McIntosh had to have it stitched up.

“I’m not happy that I have to have these things put in,” he said after his match. “I don’t plan on it affecting my wrestling at all.”

All about the brothers

There are six sets of siblings competing in this year’s tournament.

John and Justin Staudenmayer are the only ones who don’t compete on the same team. John wrestles for North Carolina with Justin competing for Brown.

Cal State Bakersfield’s Cole and Bryce Hammond, Duke’s Zach and Mitch Finesilver, the Tar Heels’ Evan and Robert Henderson, Ohio State’s Micah and Bo Jordan and Lehigh’s Darian and Randy Cruz are the other sets.

Micah and Bo Jordan, Bryce Hammond and Justin Saudenmayer are the only ones that remain alive.

Global trek

There was a world-wide presence in the 184-pound weight class.

Campbell’s Ville Heino wrestled in a preliminary match against Old Dominion’s Jack DeChow. He lost but what’s more interesting is the fact that he is from Finland.

Heino didn’t last at the tournament long as he lost his consolation match to Edinboro’s Vic Avery.

Nate Cobler: 814-231-4609, @ncoblercdt

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