Penn State Wrestling: 2022 NCAA Championships – Session I Recap

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Penn State’s Aaron Brooks warms up during a practice session before the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.220316 Ncaa Practice Wr 013 Jpg /

Opening Round Matches (cont.)

No. 1 Nick Lee (PSU) vs. No. 32 Josh Mason (BLO)

Result: Nick Lee maj dec over Josh Mason 15-3

Alright, so now the Penn State Wrestling wheel is starting to pick up some momentum rolling down the hill.

Nick Lee tried his best to get the technical fall against Mason, but it’s very difficult to score points in folk style wrestling when your opponent wants no part of grappling.

Moving on.

Next up for Lee is a round of 16 match against No. 16 Quinn Kinner of Rider.

No. 13 Beau Bartlett (PSU) vs. No. 20 Colin Realbuto (UNI)

Result: Beau Bartlett dec over Colin Realbuto 5-4

Just when I was getting ready to say the Penn State wheel then went off course, slammed into a tree, and hit a truck full of nitroglycerin, Beau Bartlett pulled off an incredible comeback to keep his hopes alive in the championships bracket.

Realbuto was up 3-2 late in the third period and with the riding time point already secured. So Beau need some magic in order to win this match.

And somehow Bartlett found it because he slid out of Realbuto’s grasp and secured the winning takedown with only seconds remaining in the third period.

Wow. I wasn’t expecting there to be so many upsets and close matches this early.

Hmm. I wonder if this has anything to do with the “perfect” seeding process the NCAA has?

Beau’s next match is a round of 16 match against a familiar foe, Ohio State’s No. 4 Sammy Sasso.

No. 16 Brady Berge (PSU) vs. No. 17 Hunter Willits (ORST)

Result: Hunter Willits dec over Brady Berge 2-1

Was this a great match?


Do I know what constitutes as “stalling” for an opponent in the top position?

After this match, apparently the answer to this is also a “No”.

If there is any good news from this outcome, it’s the fact there haven’t been as many upsets at 157 as there were at 125. So Brady has a decent chance to win a couple of matches in the consolation bracket.

At least I hope he does.

Next up for Berge is No. 33 Derek Holschlag of UNI in the consolation bracket.