University of Tennessee at Knoxville 18 v University of Memphis 24       MTSU Alumni Duals       Cumberland University 21 v Middle Tennessee State University 18       Huntingdon College (AL) 49 v University of Memphis 6       Middle Tennessee State University 53 v Huntingdon College (AL) 0       Ramapo College of New Jersey 24 v Rutgers - The State University of NJ 18       University of Memphis 24 v University of Tennessee at Knoxville 18       Rowan University 46 v Ramapo College of New Jersey 16       Middle Tennessee State University 53 v University of Tennessee at Knoxville 9       Montclair State University 41 v Ramapo College of New Jersey 18       

Grand Canyon Leads after Day One of Nationals

03/14/2014 -

ALLEN, Texas – Grand Canyon advanced 10 of its 11 wrestlers into Friday’s quarterfinals and scored enough bonus points along the way to give the Antelopes a hefty cushion at the end of the first day of the NCWA Championships at the Allen Event Center. GCU leads the 80-team field with 82.5 points, and is 10 points ahead of second-place teams Liberty and Shorter with 72.5 each.
The Antelopes scored 25.5 bonus points, more than a third of their total earned on the day, in the first three rounds with eight pins, three technical falls and five major decisions. Only five of their 22 matches went the distance, with one loss. GCU began the tournament with 24 team points earned from its Collegiate Cup duals championships earlier this year.
Shorter, which lost to Grand Canyon in the Collegiate Cup final, countered with 14.5 bonus points to go with its seven quarterfinalists, but will be hard-pressed to keep pace with GCU with three wrestlers already in consolations. The Hawks had seven pins on the day, and 10 total matches earning bonus points.
Liberty advanced eight into the quarterfinals but lost five others into consolations.
As for the individual brackets, all 11 weight classes endured at least one upset within its top eight seeds. The fourth-seeded wrestlers proved to be in a trouble spot, as almost half, 5-out-of-11, lost in the first three rounds.
All of the one- and two-seeded wrestlers remain alive, and all but one of the three seeds. The 141 bracket became a wreck early on when Joey Bonaduce, a 2012 All-American at West Chester, upset third-seeded Carlos Garcia of Middle Tennessee. Travis Peter of Northwest Missouri State, the four-seed, also fell in the round of 32 to Josh Sanders of Liberty.
Dalton Souders of Texas A&M topped Bonaduce in the next round, and the senior is one of five wrestlers outside the top eight seeds still alive in the quarterfinals, joining Texas’ Antonio Martinez, Mercer’s Wesley Adams, North Florida’s Chad Baumann, and Douglas College’s Marc Magano. On paper, That could make the road easier for top-seed Zach Zehner of Grand Canyon and second-seed Kyle Horr of Grand Valley State. Seven-seed Stephen Beam of Maryland-Baltimore County is also in the quarters.
Three of the top eight seeds are out of title contention at 165 also. Washington State’s Brett Johnson pulled off another of the day’s big upsets, rolling past fourth-seeded Bobby Tymes of Grand Valley State, 10-1.
Florida Gulf Coast leads the Division II field with 54 points, followed by South Florida (36.5) and MIT (31).
The tournament continues Friday beginning at 9 a.m. and goes throughout the day, with the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. The women’s tournament begins its matches at 10 a.m.

NCWA Championships
(at Allen Event Center)
Division I Standings
1. Grand Canyon - 82.5
2t. Liberty - 72.5
2t. Shorter - 72.5
4. Central Florida - 60
5. Apprentice - 54.5
6. Grand Valley State - 51.5
7. Middle Tennessee - 47.5
8. Alfred State (N.Y.) - 38
9. U.S. Naval Academy Prep - 37
10. Mercer - 34.5
11. Mott Comm. Coll. (Mich.) - 33.5
12. North Florida - 32
13. Penn State-Mont Alto - 31
14t. Md.-Baltimore County - 25
14t. U.S. Military Academy Prep - 25
16. Marion Military Acad. (Ala.) - 23.5
17t. U.S. Air Force Acad. Prep - 21
17t. West Chester - 21
19t. East Tennessee State - 20.5
19t. Penn State-DuBois - 20.5
21. New Hampshire - 18
22. Penn College - 15.5
23. Southern Virginia - 14.5
24. Tennessee Temple - 14
25. Wichita State - 13.5
26. Douglas College - 9
27. Penn State-New Kensington - 8
28. Georgia Southern - 7.5

Division II
1. Florida Gulf Coast - 54
2. South Florida - 36.5
3. MIT - 31
4. Montana Western - 30
5. Texas - 29.5
6. Central Washington - 27.5
7. RPI - 20.5
8t. Toledo - 19
8t. Washington State - 19
10. Wayne State - 17.5
11. Georgia - 15.5
12t. Dixie State (Utah) - 14.5
12t. Glendale CC (Ariz.) - 14.5
14t. Auburn - 13
14t. Stony Brook - 13
16. Colorado State - 12.5
17. Maine - 12
18t. Michigan - 11
18t. Saginaw Valley State - 11
18t. USC - 11
21. Tennessee - 10.5
22t. Henry Ford CC (Mich.) - 10
22t. Slippery Rock - 10
24. Virginia Military Inst. - 9.5
25. Washtenaw CC (Mich.) - 9
26t. BYU - 8
26t. Connecticut - 8
28. Florida - 7.5
29. Eastern Maine CC - 7
30t. NW Missouri State - 7
30t. Texas-Arlington - 7
30t. William and Mary - 7
33t. East Carolina - 6
33t. Massachusetts - 6
35t. Lafayette - 5
35t. Western Washington - 5
37t. Memphis - 4.5
37t. Pittsburgh - 4.5
39t. Illinois State - 4
39t. Yale - 4
41t. Evergreen State (Wash.) - 3
41t. Texas A&M - 3
43t. Bridgewater College - 2.5
43t. Montclair State - 2.5
43t. Albany - 2.5
43t. Texas State - 2.5
43t. Texas-Pan American - 2.5
48t. Bowling Green - 2
48t. James Madison - 2
50t. Alabama - 1
50t. South Puget Sound CC (Wash.) - 1
52t. Eastern Washington - 0
52t. Florida A&M - 0
52t. Rutgers - 0
52t. UC Santa Barbara - 0
52t. SUNY Westchester - 0