NCAA Championships Update: Session Three
March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS - Senior Curran Jacobs advanced in the consolation bracket at 174 pounds with a 5-1 decision over Seth Creasy of Lock Haven and a fall over Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana in session three of the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Anthony Jones Jr. (157), Ian Hinton (184) and Steve Andrus (heavyweight) were each eliminated after dropping consolation round-four matches in Friday's third session at the Scottrade Center. Each went 1-2 in the tournament.
Jacobs, the Owosso, Mich. native, defeated Mike Dessino of Bloomsburg on Thursday in session one, 5-3 and lost No. 2 seed Chris Perry in session two on Thursday night. Jacobs used a 5-1 decision over Creasy to advance in the consolation brackets in his first match of session three. He was up in the match 2-1 before the third period and used a reversal and added 3:11 of riding time to seal the decision and advanced to face Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana.
The two wrestlers faced earlier this season and Jacobs defeated LeBlanc, 4-2, in a home dual.
Neither wrestler scored in the first period and Jacobs started off the second with an escape to take the 1-0 lead. Jacobs pinned LeBlanc at the 4:47 mark to advance in the consolation bracket and kept his All-America hopes alive.
In session four, Jacobs will face Nick Heflin of Ohio State, and the winner will secure All-American status and a top-eight finish. Jacobs is currently 3-1 in the tournament.
No. 10 seed Anthony Jones Jr. started off his NCAA Championships with a 5-2 decision over Albert White of Oklahoma State in session one on Thursday at 157 pounds. Jones then fell to familiar foe Dylan Alton of Penn State, 2-1, Thursday night. It was the third meeting between them this season and Jones lost all three by just one point. Jones moved to the consolation to face Walter Peppelman of Harvard.
Peppelman took control of the match early, scoring a takedown and a stalling point in the first period to go up 3-0. Jones secured a takedown in the third but an escape and riding time for Peppelman was the difference as Jones fell, 5-2.
Jones closes out his senior season with a record of 22-10.
At 184 pounds, Ian Hinton lost his first match of the NCAA Championships to No. 12 seed Jonathan Fausey of Virginia, 9-0, but was able to rebound in the consolation bracket. Hinton defeated Steven Cressley of Clarion, 4-3, in session two on Thursday night, setting up a match-up with Tony Dallago of Illinois in session three.
Dallago got out to a fast start and led 5-0 following the first period. Hinton couldn't find a way to score and lost a major decision, 10-0.
Hinton ended his senior season with a 21-15 record.
In the heavyweight division, Steve Andrus went 1-1 in the first day of the NCAA Championships on Thursday and upset No. 9 seed Levi Cooper in his first career NCAA Championships appearance. Andrus defeated Cooper, 4-2, in sudden victory. After dropping an 8-3 decision to Andrew Delaney in session two, Andrus squared off against Ben Apland of Michigan in the consolation bracket.
Both wrestlers were tied 2-2 after the second period but a takedown and near-fall points for Apland awarded him the 7-2 decision.
Andrus finishes his junior season with a 24-16 record.
Jacobs will compete in the consolation bracket Friday night in session four of the NCAA Championships, which begin at 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the NCAA Championships is available at ESPN3.com and broadcasted live on ESPNU. Live brackets and results are available at TrackWrestling.com
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