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Penn State, Oklahoma State send four wrestlers each to 2014 NCAA semifinals

Most anticipated match for 2014 NCAA semis: Penn State's Ed Ruth (left) vs. Cornell's Gabe Dean, Ruth's only loss this year
Most anticipated match for 2014 NCAA semis: Penn State's Ed Ruth (left) vs. Cornell's Gabe Dean, Ruth's only loss this year
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Session 3 of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships concluded Friday afternoon at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, and with it, some championship dreams for a couple top seeds and a 2013 champ... while Penn State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota have the most title hopes still alive for the Friday night semifinals.

Quarterfinals developments

No. 1 seeds Mitchell Port of Edinboro at 141 pounds, and Nebraska's James Green, both lost their quarterfinals matches. Port fell to No. 9 seed Evan Henderson of North Carolina State, while Green was pinned by Minnesota's Dylan Ness, the third straight opponent the Golden Gopher has pinned. In addition, Oklahoma's Kendric Maple, 2013 NCAA champ at 141 who moved up to 149, lost to Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis in the quarters.

In the consolation bracket, Central Michigan's 174-pounder Mike Ottinger was disqualified for "flagrant misconduct" with just three seconds left in his match with Navy's Matt Miller, who had been winning 10-1. According to the Lehigh Valley Express-Times, "An NCAA official confirmed that Ottinger's offense was biting. All of the team points he earned for the Chippewas were forfeited and CMU was deducted an additional team point."

Semifinals forecast

Arguably the most-anticipated match for Friday night's semifinals will be at 184 pounds, where two-time NCAA champ Ed Ruth hopes to avenge his one loss of the season to Cornell's Gabe Dean at the 2014 Southern Scuffle in early January.

The 40 wrestlers who will be competing at Friday night's semifinals represent 20 schools. Penn State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota each have four competitors still in the title hunt, while Cornell, Iowa and Minnesota each have three. University of Missouri, Northern Iowa, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech each have two semifinalists.

Wrestling writer and University of Virginia All-American T.R. Foley offers his analysis and predictions for the semifinals at InterMat Platinum (requires a paid subscription).

The semifinals begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday, and will be telecast on ESPN Networks' flagship, ESPN.

Semifinal Match-Ups

125 pounds

  • No. 1 seed Jesse Delgado (Illinois) vs. No. 5 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa).
  • No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) vs. No. 3 Nico Megaludis (Penn State)

133

  • No. 1 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 5 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)
  • No. 2 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) vs. No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa)

141:

  • No. 2 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) vs. No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State)
  • No. 4 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 9 Evan Henderson (North Carolina)

149:

  • No. 1 Drake Houdasheldt (Missouri) vs. No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern)
  • No. 11 Josh Kindig (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 15 seed Mitch Minotti (Lehigh)

157:

  • No. 3 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) vs No.7 Brian Realbuto (Cornell)
  • No. 4 Ian Miller (Kent State) vs. No. 9 Dylan Ness (Minnesota)

165:

  • No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State) vs. No. 4 Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
  • No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 3 Nick Sulzer (Virginia)

174:

  • No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 4 Mike Evans (Iowa)
  • No. 2 Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) vs. No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota)

184:

  • No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) vs. No. 13 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion)
  • No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Gabe Dean (Cornell)

197:

  • No. 1 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) vs. No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota)
  • No. 2 J'den Cox (Missouri) vs. No. 13 seed Chris Penny (Virginia Tech)

Heavyweight

  • No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) vs. No. 5 Bobby Telford (Iowa)
  • No. 2 Nick Gwiazdowski (NC State) vs. No. 3 Adam Chalfant (Indiana)

Team Standings after Quarterfinals -- (Top 6)

  1. Penn State, 61 team points
  2. Minnesota, 59
  3. Oklahoma State, 56
  4. Iowa, 42.5
  5. Cornell, 39
  6. Ohio State, 38.5

Check out Mat Bracketology: See College Wrestling Examiner's weight-by-weight analysis of seeded wrestlers by clicking on the Mat Bracketology link.

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