O'Connor Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Wrestling Championships

O'Connor Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Wrestling Championships

Photo of J.P. O'Connor courtesy of Tabitha Wilson.

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. – Senior co-captain J.P. O’Connor advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships Thursday evening at the Qwest Center. Classmate and fellow captain Louis Caputo is still alive in the tournament after a loss in the second round.

O’Connor continued his aggressive offense with an 8-1 win over Jake Kerr of Iowa in the second round.  O’Connor scored 2:20 into the first period and increased his lead to 5-0 in the second. Kerr escaped late in the third to make it 5-1, but O’Connor quick scored another takedown to make it 7-1 before the riding time point.  O’Connor is 32-0 on the season and will meet Northern Colorado’s Justin Gaethje in the quarterfinals.

Caputo dropped his second round bout to Iowa’s Phil Keddy, 5-2. Keddy took Caputo down early in the second and held him for most of the period. Caputo made several strong attempts to get out but was unable to get out. In the second period, Caputo earned a point for an escape and picked up another one in the third. Caputo have several good shots in late in the third but Keddy was able to block them all. Caputo will face Steve Bosak of Cornell. Caputo currently sports a 23-4 record.

Keith fell to Ryan Mango of Stanford by fall in the second period. Mango held a 6-1 lead after scoring a takedown and turning Keith in the first period. Keith managed to escape before the period ended. Keith ended his freshman season with a 20-11 overall record.

Wrestling gets underway at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The quarterfinals will air live on ESPNU.

125 – Steven Keith
fell to No. 12 Ben Kjar (Utah Valley), 4-0
fell to Ryan Mango (Stanford), F, 3:56

157 – No. 1 J.P. O’Connor
defeated Vincent Salminen (North Dakota State), 15-2
defeated Jake Kerr (Iowa), 8-1

184 – No. 8 Louis Caputo
defeated Austin Trottman (App. State), 5-2
fell to No. 9 Phil Keddy (Iowa), 5-2