Penn State, Kent State, University of Michigan and Lehigh have advanced to the semifinals round of the 16-team National College bracket after the first day of wrestling at the 2011 Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. Friday.
In the semis, Penn State will face Kent State, while Michigan will take on Lehigh. Semifinals action will start at 2 p.m. EST; the finals are scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Ranked No. 2 in the nation, Cael Sanderson‘s Penn State matmen breezed through their side of the bracket, first defeating Virginia Military Institute, 42-3, then Edinboro, 37-12. Andrew Long was impressive in his first matches as a Nittany Lion. The former Iowa State wrestler and 2010 NCAA Division I 125-pound finalist got two big wins at 133: a pin in 2:44 over VMI’s Luke Todd, then a 17-7 major decision over Edinboro’s Eric Merrill.
Kent State got a 26-16 victory over Rider University, then beat Arizona State, 30-7, in the quarterfinals. Michigan defeated Liberty University, 36-9, then got a 29-7 win over University of Buffalo… while Lehigh beat UNC-Greensboro, 33-6, followed by a 25-9 defeat of the University of Wyoming.
Video coverage of Day 2 of the Virginia Duals is available online. USA Wrestling’s Jason Bryant will be on the call along with guests from around the country, including Earl Smith of D1CollegeWrestling.net, who helped anchor the webcast last year.
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