Highlights from the 2019 NCAA Championships “Blood Round”

By Mike Willis, USA Wrestling | March 23, 2019, 12:31 a.m. (ET)
Austin DeSanto of Iowa celebrates a win on Friday. With his blood round victory, DeSanto is an All-American. Photo by Jim Thrall.

It was an another exciting blood round at the NCAAs, as 80 athletes fought for just 40 All-American positions. Win and you are in for Saturday. Lose and your tournament is over and you don’t get on the podium this year. It is many fans’ favorite round of wrestling.

Some highlights from the blood round tonight:

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Iowa’s No. 7 Austin DeSanto defeated Iowa State’s No. 13 Austin Gomez 16-5. Earlier this season Gomez beat DeSanto 14-9 in the dual meet in Iowa City.

Missouri’s No. 8 John Erneste defeated No. 11 Tariq Wilson of North Carolina State. At the 2018 NCAA tournament, Wilson went on a tear as an unseeded wrestler taking third, and started his run last year by knocking off the fifth-seeded Erneste.

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Minnesota’s No. 7 Mitch McKee defeated Wisconsin’s No. 11 Tristan Moran 7-6. During the regular season, Moran pinned McKee.

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In the most highly seeded blood-round matchup, No. 1 seed Iowa’s Alex Marinelli defeated No. 6 Logan Massa of Michigan. The pair have wrestled four times and split their series, 2-2.

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No. 8 Ryan Preisch of Lehigh has been in the round of 12 three times, and earned his first All-American honors by defeating Binghamton’s No. 11 Lou Deprez 3-0.

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No. 16 Josh Hokit became Fresno State’s first All-American since the program’s reinstatement last season. Hokit, a two-sport athlete who is also on the football team, defeated No. 11 Christian Brunner of Purdue 13-4.

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No. 10 Youssif Hemida of Maryland defeated Iowa’s No. 28 Sam Stoll by a 7-4 margin. During the regular season, Stoll defeated Hemida 1-0. Last year Hemida also lost to Stoll in the regular season and then avenged the loss at the NCAA Tournament.

Central Michigan’s No. 9 Matt Stencel pinned Michigan’s No. 5 Mason Parris in 2:29. The pair had met twice this year with both matches ending in first period pins. Parris won their first meeting with a 14 second pin. Stencel won their second match with a 30 second pin.