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Evan Henderson won twice on Thursday.
Evan Henderson won twice on Thursday.
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Henderson Through To NCAA Quarters
Release: 03/20/2014
OKLAHOMA CITY --- No. 9 seed Evan Henderson scored a pair of wins to advance to the championship quarterfinals Thursday on day one of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Henderson will be joined on day two by Christian Barber and John Michael Staudenmayer who were consolation winners at 149 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively.

Henderson opened the day with a 3-0 win over Colin Johnston of West Virginia. After a scoreless opening period, Henderson started down and got an escape to take a 1-0 lead. The New Florence, Pa., junior then got a takedown in the third and rode out the final period to win it. In addition to being an opening-round NCAA win, the victory for Henderson was career win No. 100.

In the round of 16, Henderson faced eighth-seeded Luke Vaith of Hofstra. Vaith won the only regular season meeting between the two in sudden victory overtime, but Henderson would get the best of the redshirt senior when it mattered most. After a quiet opening period, Vaith started down and Henderson immediately took control. After a three-point near fall less than a minute in, Henderson pinned Vaith at 4:03 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.

Barber had a tough opening-round draw and lost to No. 6 Jake Sueflohn by technical fall at 6:51, 16-0. But the redshirt sophomore bounced back in the consolation first round against Ohio State's Ian Paddock. After a wild opening period that saw Barber take a 5-3 lead, Paddock scored on an escape to make it 5-4 after two. Barber then escaped early in the third and fought off Paddock for a 6-5 win.

Staudenmayer lost a tight one to No. 13 Daniel Yates of Michigan in the first round before posting a thrilling win in the consolation draw. Yates was in command early, scoring a pair of takedowns in the first period and banking enough riding time to secure the extra point. Staudenmayer rallied to tie the bout in the third and was close to getting back points in the final seconds, but Yates fought him off long enough to win with the riding time point.

In the consolation bracket, Staudenmayer faced fellow Pennsylvania native Casey Kent of Penn. After neither wrestler scored in the opening period, Staudenmayer started on top and banked over a minute of riding time before Kent escaped. Kent appeared poised to ride out the match in the third, but Staudenmayer scored a reversal in the final 15 seconds to stay alive for Friday.

Nathan Kraisser was eliminated from competition at 125 pounds after a pair of hard-fought losses. After falling to No. 4 Josh Martinez of Air Force 6-2 in the first round, the ACC champion was caught by a quick whistle on a defensive pin against Stanford's Evan Silver.

Action resumes tomorrow morning at 11 ET with full coverage on ESPN3.


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