Sorensen Moves on, Carton Earns NCAA Berth

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – University of Iowa junior Brandon Sorensen advanced to the consolation finals of the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships with a 10-2 major decision against Rutgers’ Kenny Theobold on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
34538Sorensen will wrestle Michigan’s Zac Hall for third place later this afternoon. He was one of three Hawkeyes wrestling for podium spots at the conference championships.
Alex Meyer was seconds away from moving onto the third-place match, but surrendered an escape in the final 20 seconds and lost, 3-2, to Illinois’s Zac Brunson. Meyer will wrestle Wisconsin’s Ryan Christensen for fifth place at 174.
Cash Wilcke dropped a 7-2 decision to Purdue’s Christian Brunner in the seventh place match. Wilcke placed eighth at the tournament, one spot outside of an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
Wilcke and 165-pounder Joey Gunther could earn at-large tournament berths. The NCAA will announce the complete tournament field on Tuesday, March 7.
Topher Carton, who was bounced from the conference tournament after three matches, rebounded with consecutive wins to earn the Big Ten’s ninth and final automatic qualifying spot at 141. Carton will make his first appearance at the NCAA Championships on March 16-18.
The Big Ten Championship finals begin today at 2 p.m. (CT) and are televised on BTN. Thomas Gilman, Cory Clark, Michael Kemerer, and Sammy Brooks are wrestling for conference titles. Sorensen and Meyer’s third and fifth place matches will be contested with each corresponding weight class.
The Hawkeyes are in third place entering the final medal round.
149 – #2 Brandon Sorensen (IA) major dec. #5 Kenny Theobold (RUT), 10-2
174 – #3 Zach Brunson (ILL) dec. #5 Alex Meyer (IA), 3-2
7th PLACE RESULTS197 – #8 Cristian Brunner (PUR) dec. #7 Cash Wilcke (IA), 7-2
141 – #6 Topher Carton (IA) dec. #9 Sal Profaci (MICH), 8-3
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUPS125 – #1 Thomas Gilman (IA) vs. #3 Tim Lambert (NEB)
133 – #3 Cory Clark (IA) vs. #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU)
157 – #2 Michael Kemerer (IA) vs. #1 Jason Nolf (PSU)
184 – #2 Sammy Brooks (IA) vs. #4 Myles Martin (OSU)

3rd PLACE MATCHUPS149 – #2 Brandon Sorensen (IA) vs. Zac Hall (MICH)
174 – #5 Alex Meyer (IA) vs. #11 Ryan Christensen (WIS)
1. Ohio State                     123.5
2. Penn State                    116.5
3. Iowa                              99.5
4. Nebraska                      96.5
5. Minnesota                     90.0
6. Illinois                            81.5
7. Michigan                       74.5
8. Wisconsin                     65.5
9. Rutgers                        59.5
10. Michigan State           37.5
11. Maryland                    30.0
12. Purdue                       26.0
13. Indiana                       24.5
14. Northwestern             18.0