ST. LOUIS—Two CSU Bakersfield wrestlers remain alive after day one of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.
Coleman Hammond lost in the first round of the 149-pound bracket to the sixth seed, Virginia Tech’s Soloman Chishko 9-3. Hammond took on Oklahoma’s Davion Jefferies, the 11th seed, in the consolation round Thursday night. Hammond used a four-point near fall at the end of the second period to build a 10-2 lead on his way to a 10-6 victory to remain alive. Hammond faces Wisconsin’s Andrew Crone in consolation round two.
Matt Williams avenged an earlier season loss (15-4) to Tanner Orndorff of Utah Valley when he posted a 15-8 decision over the Wolverine competitor in the preliminary match of the 197-pound bracket. The victory advanced Williams into the main draw where he faced the fourth seed, Virginia Tech’s Jared Haught. Haught dropped Williams into the consolation bracket after defeating Williams 4-1.
Williams took on the 13th seed, Bucknell’s Tom Sleight in Thursday’s consolation round. Williams took a 2-1 lead upon the conclusion of the first period and rode Sleight out for the entire two minutes of the second. Taking the down position, Williams earned escape midway through the third and with over a minute of riding time, he stayed alive with a 4-1 victory. Williams wrestles Oregon State’s Corey Greigo for the third time this season in the second round of consolations. Greigo is the 14th seed.
“Hammond and Williams were able to advance to day two,” said CSUB head coach Manny Rivera. “They need to keep building momentum and put themselves in a position to earn All-American honors.”
In 125-pound action, Sean Nickell dropped a 10-5 decision to the 13th seed, Shakur Laney of Ohio in the opening round. Nickell faced Northern Iowa’s Dylan Peters in the consolation round Thursday night. Nickell built a 6-1 first period lead before Peters fought back to cut the lead to 7-6 with under 30 seconds remaining in the third period. Peters recorded a four-point near fall in the final 10 seconds to eliminate Nickell from the tournament.
At 141, Russell Rohlfing led the 15th seed, Bucknell’s Tyler Smith, by one with under a minute to go before Smith rallied to tie the match at six. Smith took down Rohlfing 26 seconds into overtime to secure the 8-6 overtime victory. Rohlfing met Ronnie Perry of Lockhaven in Thursday’s consolation action. Rohlfing recorded the first takedown for an early lead, but Perry recovered and would go onto a 11-6 victory.
The fourth seed at 165 pounds, Wisconsin’s Isaac Jordan, defeated Lorenzo De La Riva 11-2 in the first round. De La Riva dropped into the consolation bracket Thursday night to match up against Iowa’s Joseph Gunther. The match remained scoreless over the first two periods. De La Riva was in the down position to begin the third. De La Riva would earn the one-point escape 59 seconds in. 16 seconds later; Gunther scored the match winning takedown. He held De La Riva down for the final 41 seconds for the riding time advantage and the final 3-1 margin of victory.
“Overall, it was a tough day,” Rivera said. “We should have been able to pull off a few more wins.”
Penn State (30.5) leads the team race. CSUB is one of our schools, which has scored two points, good enough for a tie for 45th. Session III begins at 10 a.m. (PT) Friday. Television coverage is available on ESPN U, ESPN3.com or the Watch ESPN App.