March 19, 2009
St. Louis, Mo. - No. 2 Mike Cannon has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships with two victories Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Cannon, seeking his first National Championship, remains unbeaten on the year at 32-0 and will need two more victories on Friday to reach the finals. Kyle Borshoff remains alive in the 149 lbs. consolation bracket after posting a 1-1 record on the day and Andrew Silber will continue competition in the 197 lbs. consolations after going 2-1 on the first day.
Cannon advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round with a 6-3 decision over Illinois's John Dergo. Cannon scored first on Dergo with a takedown but an escape late in the period moved the score to 2-1. The Eagle fell behind briefly in the second period, 3-2, as he was reversed from his top starting position, but as escape evened the score at three. Cannon went back ahead early in the third period with another escape and scored an insurance takedown with under 30 seconds remaining to take the decision, 6-3.
Cannon is now poised to take on seventh seeded Mike Miller of Central Michigan in the quarterfinals. Cannon and Miller meet earlier this season at the Northeast Duals where Cannon won a close 3-2 decision.
In his first match of the day Cannon defeated Chattanooga's Jason McCrosky by major decision, 12-1. Cannon scored a takedown and three back points in the first period to take a 5-0 lead and scored a second set of back points in the second period to go ahead 8-1. The junior began the second period down and escaped to move the score to 9-1 and then connected on a single leg shot to take an 11-1 advantage. With 4:54 of riding time, Cannon took the match by a final score of 12-1.
Borshoff was knocked out of championship contention by way of a 9-5 decision to Navy's Bryce Saddoris. Borshoff fell behind Saddoris, the seventh seed, by a score of 5-1 in the second period but cut his deficit to 5-4 in the third period with a single-leg takedown. Saddoris however scored a takedown of his own after being cut by Borshoff and with riding time advantage took the decidion, 9-5.
Borshoff will face Boise State's Jason Chamberlain in the consolation bracket Friday morning. Borshoff and Chamberlain have not meet this season.
Borshoff won a 4-2 decision over Edinboro's Torsten Gillespie in his first match to advance to the second round. Borshoff took a 4-1 lead in the first period with two takedowns and built up 2:22 of riding time. Gillespie escaped to begin the second period but could not connect on a shot to even the score. Borshoff began the third period down and Gillespie was able to negate Borshoff's riding time. Gillespie however was unable to score on Borshoff in the third and the junior took the bout by a final of 4-2.
Silber won two wrestleback matches Thursday evening to advance into the second day of competition. In his final bout of the day, Silber defeated Duke's Dan Tully, 4-2. Silber went on top in the first period with a high single-leg and led 2-1 heading into the second. Tully evened the score in the second period, 2-2, with an escape but Silber went back on top in the third with an escape of his own. Neither wrestler connected on a shot late in the match and with 1:21 of riding time advantage Silber took the decision, 4-2.
Silber will now meet Eric Chine from Kent State in Friday's morning session. This will be the first time this season the two have met.
Silber defeated Daniel Bruce of Virginia Tech in his first wrestlebac, 10-4. Silber scored two takedown's on Bruce in the first period and took a 5-4 lead into the second. The senior had his advantage upped with a stalling call against Bruce and led 6-4 to begin the third. Silber scored an escape and takedown off a low single-leg shot in the final period and with 5:24 of riding team earned the victory, 10-4.
Silber was bumped into the consolation bracket after falling to top-seeded Craig Brester of Nebraska in Thursday morning's pigtails, 16-3.
Action at the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships will start back up at 12 p.m. ET tomorrow, March 20, and for the remainder of the weekend can be seen live on the ESPN family of networks. Tomorrow morning's quarterfinals will be aired on both ESPN2 and ESPN360.com while tomorrow evening's semifinals will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com.