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Cast's first match on the mat didn't last long as his opponent was forced to forfeit due to an injury just 65 seconds into the first period. He'll face ninth-ranked Travis Peralta of Ridgewater in the quarterfinals.
Nick Petersen, who, like Cast, had a first-round bye this morning, won convincingly with a 13-3 decision over No. 11 Nate Bazan. He'll face unranked Teagen Franco of Yakima Community College in the quarters.
For Bernie Dupuy (165), it was a good effort against the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, but not quite enough to take the win. Dupuy dropped a 7-3 decision. For Sears Tiernan, it was a meeting with the No. 2 man in the heavyweight division, and a 12-2 loss in a battle of top-10 grapplers. Ben Price, who lost in the opening round, received a bye in the first elimination round of the day, keeping all seven Trappers alive on the bracket.
On the high school side, the championship quarterfinals are close to wrapping up. No results or team score updates yet, but to clarify an item from earlier today, Randy Andrews was an upset victim in the first round, bringing an abrupt end to the state title hopes of the 34-6 wrestler. Andrews will look to make as much noise as possible on the elimination side of things as he goes after a third-place medal and score as many points as possible toward the team race.
Friday, 1:40 p.m. -- Haven't been able to reach anyone on-site in Casper, but we can at least remove part of the asterisk from the 1:15 p.m. post. The 160-pound bracket has been revised and now shows Olson as a winner by fall in the first period. Powell's team score has similarly been adjusted. The Panthers remain in third place, but now have 40 points, putting them six off the pace. As tight as this three-horse race for the 3A title is forecast to be, those points could come in handy by tournament's end.
Out in Spokane, Jesse Hillhouse turned in a 7-2 decision in his showdown with North Idaho's Brock Banta. He's into the quarterfinals against Wismit Moinius, an unranked grappler out of North Iowa Area. Bobby Robbins wasn't as fortunate at 149 pounds, dropping a 16-5 major decision to sixth-ranked Mark Marionovich.
Friday, 1:15 p.m. -- And just like that, the results have appeared from Casper. Or have they? After round one, the Panthers sit in third place with 36 team points. Worland is in first with 46 points. Douglas is second with 42 points.
The bigger story, if accurate, would be that Olie Olson (160) and Randy Andrews (171) are both shown as having lost their first-round matches by fall. If true, that would deal a significant blow to Powell's chances for a state title as both were on a short list of state title contenders at their respective weights. I'm putting an asterisk by this one for now (*) and making some phone calls to verify.
In the meantime, Powell won at least 12 matches in the first round, including eight wins by fall among scoring wrestlers. Kurt Bullinger turned in the fastest first-round pin, needing just 20 seconds to get on and off the mat with his arm raised in victory. Jimmy Seckman and Dylan Rood also took less than 45 seconds to finish off their round one foes.
Round two should be getting started. Obviously, we'll report back in with clarification on the situation at 160 and 171 if needed. Round two is also underway in Spokane, updates coming as events warrant.
Friday, 1 p.m. -- Round one is pretty much in the books at Spokane and it couldn't have gone much better than it did for Northwest College. The Trappers have six of their seven wrestlers alive on the championship side of the bracket. Bernie Dupuy was a 10-4 winner at 165. Sears Tiernan won by fall in just 2:26. Only Ben Price fell onto the elimination bracket, dropping a 4-0 first-round decision at 197. No team scores have been posted yet as the final 285-pound matches are still on the mat, but Northwest pulled good points through round one.
The second round will be coming up and now we start getting to the fun part. Of the six Trappers still in title contention, five will be hitting ranked opponents. Dupuy will square off against the top-ranked grappler at 165. Tiernan will face the No. 2 man at 285. Robbins, Hillhouse and Petersen will also take on opponents ranked 11th or better in the nation. Only Cast draws an unranked foe in round two as he'll face Tony Lisek of Jamestown.
Still waiting on WHSAA to make round one results available from Casper. We'll pass those along as quickly as possible.
Friday, 11:45 a.m. -- We now have our first correction of the weekend. The results have changed in Spokane and are now showing that Hillhouse's first-round victory was actually a win by fall, adding a little more to the Trappers' team score as the school goes after another top-10 finish.
In the meanwhile, Bobby Robbins has hit the mat and defeated Ryan Davis of Iowa Central by a narrow 5-4 decision. Up next for him is Lincoln College's Mark Marionovich, ranked sixth in the weight class.
Friday, 11:15 a.m. -- The first result is in from Spokane and returning All-American and No. 1 in the 133-pound division Jesse Hillhouse cruised to a technical fall victory in his tournament opener. The victory sets up a second-round showdown with Brock Banta of North Idaho, who also won by tech. fall. One month ago, this would have been an unheard-of match at this stage of the bracket. Hillhouse was ranked No. 1 and Banta No. 2 when the pair faced off at the Apodaca Duals. It certainly isn't the sort of match you'd expect in the second round, but Hillhouse and NWC head coach Jim Zeigler were comfortable with their game plan, which produced an 8-2 win in January.
Keep in mind that Keithen Cast (174) and Nick Petersen (184) are already through to the second round as well by virtue of first-round byes. The 141-pounders are getting set to take the mat at Spokane. I'll check back in on the progress of Bobby Robbins (149), Bernie Dupuy (165), Ben Price (197) and Sears Tiernan (285) in about an hour, at which time we should also be in possession of the first round results from Casper and the state 3A championships.