Fullhart’s Narrow Win At 190 Pounds Sparks Iowa
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Iowa’s Lee Fullhart summed up the Hawkeyes’ attitude moments after his emotional quarterfinal victory Friday in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.
``We shoot for the top because we’re the best,″ said Fullhart, an 8-7 winner over second-seeded Bryan Stout at 190 pounds. ``I want to win it all.″
The victory was payback for Fullhart, who lost to Stout 5-0 in the dual nationals in January.
``That wasn’t me,″ Fullhart said. ``I’m a different person now, no comparison.″
The win helped solidify the Hawkeyes’ hold on first place as they surged toward their second straight national title and fifth in six years. With the quarterfinal round completed, Iowa had 62 1/2 points.
Nebraska was second at 37 1/2, followed by California State-Bakersfield with 32 1/2, Oklahoma State 31 1/2 and Penn State 30 1/2.
The Hawkeyes had six wrestlers in the semifinals. No other school had more than three.
Iowa’s Mark Ironside recorded his second straight pin at 134 pounds, beating Yero Washington of Fresno State in 4:55. Ironside was one of four top seeds for Iowa to reach the semifinals.
Mike Mena at 118, Bill Zadick at 142 and Joe Williams at 158 all had solid wins in the quarterfinals.
The Hawkeyes’ Daryl Weber faced a key match Friday night in the 167-pound semifinals. He met top-seeded and defending champion Markus Mollica of Arizona State.
Mollica defeated Clarion’s Paul Antonio 11-4 Friday, while Weber advanced by default.
The only Iowa wrestler to lose in the quarterfinals was Curt Heideman at 177. Second-seeded Andy Reese of Wyoming defeated Heideman 3-2.
Oregon State’s Lester Gutches overwhelmed California State-Bakersfield’s Derek Scott 22-7 at 177, extending his two-year record to 65-0.
Other top seeds advancing to the semifinals were Penn State’s Sanshiro Abe at 126, John Kading of Oklahoma at 190 and Nebraska heavyweight Tolly Thompson.
Michigan’s Bill Lacure upset top-seeded Russ Hughes of Penn State 5-4 at 150 pounds.
Another surprise came in the 142-pound class, with Oklahoma State’s 10th-seeded Scott Reyna beating second-seeded Roger Chandler of Indiana 7-5.