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Apr 18 Oliver edges Stieber as semifinal pairings are set for US Open

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | April 18, 2014, 4:13 p.m. (ET)

Jordan Oliver (left) edged Logan Stieber 4-3 in an exciting quarterfinal bout on Friday morning. John Sachs photo. 

LAS VEGAS – There was no shortage of top-level wrestling as the Las Vegas/ASICS U.S. Open kicked off on Friday morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

A wild and exciting quarterfinal round has set the stage for an exciting semifinal round on Friday night.

The featured match of the morning session was a freestyle barnburner between two-time NCAA champion Jordan Oliver and three-time NCAA champion Logan Stieber. 

Oliver led 4-2 late in the match before Stieber fired in on a single-leg attack. Stieber was awarded one point for a pushout in the sequence as time ran out while he was trying to gain a two-point takedown.

Stieber beat Oliver in the 2012 NCAA finals. Both wrestlers are past Junior World medalists in freestyle. 

The semifinal round is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time in Las Vegas. The final two hours of the session will be televised live on NBC Universal, starting at 7 p.m.

All the semifinals will also be shown on a live webcast on Flowrestling.org. 

2012 Olympic gold medalists Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner advanced to the semifinal round in freestyle.

Zach Sanders scored a fall over No. 1 seed Angel Escobedo in the quarterfinals at 57 kg/125.5 lbs. Escobedo, fifth in the World in 2013, was injured and on crutches after the match. 

The women’s freestyle semifinals will be highlighted by a loaded bracket at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.

Two-time World medalist Alyssa Lampe will meet three-time Junior World medalist Erin Golston in one semifinal. World champion and Olympic bronze medalist Clarissa Chun will face two-time Junior World champion Victoria Anthony in the other semifinal. 

World champions Elena Pirozhkova and Iris Smith, World silver medalist Helen Maroulis and Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller were among the other women’s semifinalists.

Two-time World medalist Justin Lester and two-time Olympian Spenser Mango are among the semifinalists in Greco-Roman. 

The 48 semifinal bouts, 16 in each style, will be contested on two raised mats on a spotlighted platform on Friday night.

SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS

Men’s freestyle

57 kg/125.5 lbs.

Zach Sanders (Minnnesota Storm) vs. Sam Hazewinkel (Sunkist Kids)

Tyler Graff (New York AC) vs. Andrew Hochstrasser (Titan Mercury WC)

61 kg/134 lbs.

Jimmy Kennedy (New York AC) vs. Matt McDonough (Titan Mercury WC)

Coleman Scott (Titan Mercury WC) vs. B.J. Futrell (Titan Mercury WC)

65 kg/143 lbs.

Brent Metcalf (New York AC) vs. Reece Humphrey (New York AC)

Jordan Oliver (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Kellen Russell (New York AC)

70 kg/154 lbs.

Nick Marable (Sunkist Kids) vs. James Green (Titan Mercury WC)

Kevin LeValley (Minnesota Storm) vs. Moza Fay (U.S. Army)

74 kg/163 lbs.

Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids) vs. Quinton Godley (Wolfpack WC)

David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC) vs. Tyler Caldwell (Sunkist Kids)

86 kg/189 lbs.

Keith Gavin (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Jon Reader (Sunkist Kids)

Clayton Foster (GRIT Athletics) vs. Ed Ruth (Nittany Lion WC)

97 kg/213 lbs.

J.D. Bergman (New York AC) vs. Wynn Michalak (Titan Mercury WC)

Deron Winn (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Jake Varner (Nittany Lion WC)

125 kg/275.5 lbs.

Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) vs. Matthew Meuleners (Titan Mercury WC)

Tyrell Fortune (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Dom Bradley (Sunkist Kids)

Women’s freestyle

48 kg/105.5 lbs.

Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) vs. Erin Golston (New York AC)

Victoria Anthony (Sunkist Kids) vs. Clarissa Chun (Sunkist Kids)

53 kg/112.25 lbs.

Katherine Fulp-Allen (New York AC) vs. Carlene Sluberski (New York AC)

Whitney Conder (U.S. Army) vs. Jessica Medina (Sunkist Kids)

55 kg/121 lbs.

Helen Maroulis (Sunkist Kids) vs. Hanna Grisewood (King)

Sarah Hildebrandt (King) vs. Jacarra Winchester (Titan Mercury WC)

58 kg/128 lbs.

Alli Ragan (New York AC) vs. Michaela Hutchison (Titan Mercury WC)

Trinity Griffin (Sunkist Kids) vs. Othella Feroleto (U.S. Army)

60 kg/132 lbs.

Jennifer Page (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Shauna Isbell (Titan Mercury WC)

Jenna Burkert (New York AC) vs. Briena Delgado (OKCU/Gator)

63 kg/138.75 lbs.

Elena Pirozhkova (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Shai Mason (Titan Mercury WC)

Erin Clodgo (Sunkist Kids) vs. Amanda Hendey (Titan Mercury WC)

69 kg/152 lbs.

Randi Miller (U.S. Army) vs. Brittany David (Lindenwood)

Veronica Carlson (New York AC) vs. Tamayra Mensah (Titan Mercury WC)

75 kg/165 lbs.

Jackie Cataline (Titan Mercury WC) vs. Mary Westman (Jimmie WC)

Julia Salata (New York AC) vs. Iris Smith (U.S. Army)

Greco-Roman

59 kg/130 lbs.

Joe Betterman (U.S. Army) vs. Nikko Triggas (New York AC)

Spenser Mango (U.S. Army) vs. Jermaine Hodge (U.S. Army)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.

Ellis Coleman (U.S. Army) vs. Jamel Johnson (U.S. Army)

Bryce Saddoris (U.S. Marines) vs. RaVaughn Perkins (ReadyRPNationals)

71 kg/156.5 lbs.

Justin Lester (U.S. Army) vs. Santiago Martinez (Florida Jets)

Bo Beckman (New York AC) vs. Patrick Smith (Minnesota Storm)

75 kg/165 lbs.

Andy Bisek (Minnesota Storm) vs. Geordan Speiller (Florida Jets)

Jon Anderson (U.S. Army) vs. Jake Fisher (Minnesota Storm)

80 kg/176 lbs.

Aaron Sieracki (U.S. Army) vs. Josh Greer (USOEC)

Kendrick Sanders (USOEC) vs. Tarrence Williams (Clackamas WC)

85 kg/187 lbs.

Jordan Holm (Minnestoa Storm) vs. Mark Stenberg (New York AC)

Zach Nielsen (Minnesota Storm) vs. Peter Hicks (U.S. Army)

98 kg/216 lbs.

Caylor Williams (U.S. Army) vs. Daren Burns (AppStateRTC)

John Wechter (Minnesota Storm) vs. Marcus Finau (New York AC)

130 kg/286 lbs.

Robby Smith (New York AC) vs. Sam Stoll (Minnesota Storm)

Toby Erickson (New York AC) vs. Nikola Bogojevic (Minnesota Storm)

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