March 01, 2012
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Of the 26 All-Americans that qualified to the event, 17 have earned a spot in the quarterfinals, including three of the four former national champions.
Mitchell Lofstedt (36-2) won his second match of the day with bonus points in his quest for a second title at Southern Oregon. The 125-pounder went to work with a 16-1 (7:00) technical fall of Bo Newport of Baker (Kan.). He moves into a quarterfinal meeting with Bryden Lazaro of Dickinson State (N.D.). Like Lofstedt, Lazaro (32-3) has posted a pair of bonus point victories: an opening bout technical fall and a major decision in the third round.
A collision between Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Tommy Pretty (Ky.) and Great Falls’ Myles Mazurkiewicz is a regular occurrence at the National Championships. The pair battled for the 133-pound title in 2010, with Pretty taking a 14-3 major decision, followed by a second-round matchup last year, in which Pretty notched a 5-3 decision. This time around it was Mazurkiewicz’s turn. Pretty took a 2-0 lead into the second period. Mazurkiewicz deferred, sending Pretty to the down position, where the Argonaut junior used a cradle for two nearfall points. While in control, he racked up 1:17 of riding time. With no points scored in the third period, Mazurkiewicz’s riding time was the deciding factor that earned him the 3-2 victory and a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Mazurkiewicz’s teammate and defending 141-pound champ Anthony Varnell also punched a ticket to the quarterfinals with a 5-2 decision over DaMonte Riley of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The senior will put his 26-3 record up against Baker’s Joel Olivas (17-12), who won his third round match with a 1:12 fall of Robert Meador of Dickinson State (N.D.).
Reigning 184-pound champion Evan Hinebauch of Montana State-Northern stuck Dickinson State’s (N.D.) Jesse Hellinger in 5:37 to land in the quarterfinals. The 33-9 senior will square off against junior Allen Scruggs of Campbellsville. Scruggs slipped past Oklahoma City’s Andrew Pontikes with a 2-1 decision. The third session of the 55th annual event will start Friday at 10 a.m. CST. Championship quarterfinals will be contested, along with two rounds of consolation bracket action.