Dack Punke Dec. Jake Ferri 8-4
Dack Punke Dec. Jaret Lane 9-2
Thoughts: Punke wrestled really well. He kept a high pace throughout both bouts and showed that conditioning is not an issue for him. He got to a lot of great low level shots off of misdirection and a solid russian tie. Punke also did a lot of solid work on top, as he collected riding time in both of his bouts thus far on the weekend. Looking ahead to today He should see #16 Schroder of Purdue and #17 Arajau of Cornell. He will see a stiff test today, but he looked really solid day one and I particularly liked the way he seemed to finish periods on top. He had several short time takedowns and that is a good recipe for success.
#9 John Erneste Fall over Tim Rooney
Brandon Paetzell Dec #9 John Erneste 5-2
Thoughts: In his first match Erneste came out and wrestled really fluidly and got a nice counter headlock for a big move and then started the 2nd period with a funky stepover fall from the bottom position. It was a really strong performance. In bout two Erneste was up 1-0 in a tight bout where neither guy opened up much and he got caught in a neutral cradle for 2+2. It was a tough and unexpected way to lose, but Erneste did not wrestle poorly and I expect to see him come out with some fire today. He has big matches against Thornton of Purdue (who owns a win over Paetzell this season) and against #14 Chas Tucker of Cornell. Should be a lot of fun to see how day two unfolds.
#3 Jaydin Eierman Fall over Cory Simpson
#3 Jaydin Eierman Tech Luke Karam 21-5
Thoughts: Eierman looked great. He was extremely aggressive and overwhelmed Simpson throughout before powering over a cradle for a quick 2nd period fall here. In his 2nd bout Eierman met highly touted Luke Karam and the first two periods were low scoring as Eierman notched one 2nd period takedown and rode Karam out.