And So It Begins...

And So It Begins...

Forget about the huge phenomenon of a guessing game we like to refer to as March Madness. Thursday marked the start of another NCAA Championship tournament. It’s the type of tournament that takes a bit more knowledge to put together a bracket worth betting on.

National Championship weekend for collegiate wrestling has officially begun. Penn State sent seven wrestlers off to the colorful collage of wrestling mats lining the floor of the national stage in St. Louis, Missouri.

Back in State College, a look around a lecture hall at 12 p.m. and dozens of laptops were live streaming college basketball games as if their lives depended on it. The few true wrestling fans cluttered their screens with different windows displaying separate streams of the eight wrestling mats in Missouri.

The first round started at 12 p.m. and thanks to ESPN and live streaming fans didn’t miss a match.

Here’s a little recap of session one, which was a strong start for the Nittany Lions.


125: Jordan Conaway 11th seed

133: Jimmy Gulibon 7th seed

149: Zack Beitz 12th seed

174: Matt Brown 2nd seed

184: Matt McCutcheon 14th

197: Morgan McIntosh 2nd seed

285: Jimmy Lawson 8th seed


125: PSU Jordan Conaway dec. Citadel’s Joaquin Marquez, 12-7

133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon maj. dec. Rugers’ Scott Delvecchio, 11-3

149: PSU Zack Beitz maj. dec. Chattanooga’s Shawn Greevy. 10-1

174: PSU Matt Brown maj. dec. NC State’s Pete Renda, 12-4

184: PSU Matt McCutcheon tech. fall Cal Poly’s Nick Fiegener, 20-5

197: PSU Morgan McIntosh dec. UVA’s Zach Nye, 3-0

285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. Cornell’s Jacob Aiken-Philli, 9-3


125: #6 seed Iowa’s Thomas Gilman sudden victory PSU Jordan Conaway, 3-1

133: PSU Jimmy Gulibon dec. Utah Valley’s Jade Rauser, 8-4

149: #5 seed Cornell’s Christopher Villalonga sudden victory PSU Zack Beitz, 6-4

174: PSU Matt Brown maj. dec. #15 seed Lehigh’s Santiago Martinez, 10-2

184: PSU Matt McCutcheon sudden victory #3 seed Arizona State’s Blake Stauffer, 3-1

197: PSU Morgan McIntosh maj. dec. #15 seed Nebraska’s Aaron Studebaker, 14-5

285: PSU Jimmy Lawson dec. #9 Minnesota’s Michael Kroells, 5-2

At the end of the first session Penn State sits in fourth place with a team score of 18.5. The second session starts on Friday, March 20 around 10 a.m. with the quarterfinals and second and third rounds of wrestle-backs. Semifinals and the fourth round of wrestle-backs begin at 7 p.m.

(All statistics courtesy of