HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Senior 157-pounder Justin Staudenmayer advanced to the semifinals, and junior 165-pounder Jon Viruet remained in contention for placing to lead Brown University wrestling at day one of the 55th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Friday at the Sears Centre Arena.
Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) – who placed fifth at 157 at Midlands in 2014 – won all three of his bouts on the first day of competition to ensure himself a top-six finish. Viruet (Springfield, Mass.) claimed a pair of victories to reach the quarterfinals and will continue competition in the wrestle-backs tomorrow.
The No. 5 seed at 157, Staudenmayer defeated Minnesota's Carson Brolsma via major decision, 13-2, topped No. 12 seed Jordan Laster of Princeton, 1-0, and beat No. 13 seed Joseph Velliquette of Penn, 6-1, to reach the semifinals. He will face No. 1 seed Michael Kemerer of Iowa in his first bout on Saturday. Earlier this season, Staudenmayer won the 157-pound weight class at the Navy Classic and placed second at the Bearcat Open.
Viruet, the No. 7 seed at 165, edged Purdue's Mario Levelle, 4-1, and bested Maryland's Brandan Burnham, 6-0, to make the quarterfinals before dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 2 seed Alex Marinelli of Iowa. He will meet Logan Peterson of South Dakota State in the consolation tomorrow. Earlier this year, Viruet placed fifth at the Bearcat Open.
Five other Bears won bouts on the day with sophomore 149-pounder Zach Krause (Plainfield, Ill.) leading the way with three wins. He claimed a trio of victories in the wrestle-backs before dropping a major decision to No. 15 seed Kyle Springer of Eastern Michigan.
Freshman 174-pounder AJ Pedro (Methuen, Mass.) gained a pair of wins as the No. 12 seed at 174 while junior heavyweight Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) claimed two victories at 285 pounds. No. 16 ranked and No. 5 seed junior CJ LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) won once at 184 pounds, and sophomore Matt Lattanze (Norristown, Pa.) gained one win at 149 pounds.
In the team standings, Brown ranks 16th out of 59 teams with 21.5 points in a field that includes representation from 19 Power Five schools, including host Northwestern University.
Next, Brown will conclude competition at Midlands tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 30.
Trey Keeley (0-2)
(5) Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) def. Keeley in Round of 64, TF 19-4
Jack Medley (Michigan) def. Keeley in Consolation, Dec. 6-4 SV1
Hunter Kosco (0-2)
(2) Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers) def. Kosco in Round of 32, Dec. 5-3
Dan Moran (Lehigh) def. Kosco in Consolation, MD 12-4
Jimmy Pawelski (0-2)
(8) Colton Schilling (Cal Poly) def. Pawelski in Round of 32, Fall 3:44
Cory Crooks (Arizona State) def. Pawelski in Consolation, Dec. 7-5
Zach Krause (3-2)
(10) Patrick Lugo (Iowa) def. Krause in Round of 64, Dec. 4-2
Krause def. John Pipa (Princeton) in Consolation, Dec. 3-2
Krause def. Camden Fischer (Lehigh) in Consolation, Dec. 4-0
Krause def. Evan Fidelibus (Rider) in Consolation, Dec. 10-8
(15) Kyle Springer (Eastern Michigan) def. Krause in Consolation, MD 13-4
Matt Lattanze (1-2)
(5) Jason Tsirtis (Arizona State) def. Lattanze in Round of 32, Dec. 4-1
Lattanze def. Zack Velasquez in Consolation, Medical Forfeit
Jackob Bergeland (Minnesota) def. Lattanze in Consolation, Dec. 9-2
No. 5 Seed Justin Staudenmayer (3-0 on Day One)
Staudenmayer def. Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) in Round of 32, MD 13-2
Staudenmayer def. (12) Jordan Laster (Princeton) in Round of 16, Dec. 1-0
Staudenmayer def. (13) Joseph Velliquette (Penn) in Quarterfinals, Dec. 6-1
Vs. (1) Michael Kemerer (Iowa) in Semifinals
Bryce Rogers (0-2)
(4) May Bethea (Penn) def. Rogers in Round of 32, MD 16-3
Zachary Carson (Eastern Michigan) def. Rogers in Consolation, Dec. 10-5
No. 7 Seed Jon Viruet (2-1 on Day One)
Viruet def. Mario Levelle (Purdue) in Round of 32, Dec. 4-1
Viruet def. Brandan Burnham (Maryland) in Round of 16, Dec. 6-0
(2) Alex Marinelli (Iowa) def. Viruet in Quarterfinals, Dec. 3-2
Vs. Logan Peterson (South Dakota State) in Consolation
No. 12 Seed AJ Pedro (2-2)
Pedro def. Parker Vonegidy (West Virginia) in Round of 32, Dec. 8-6 SV1
(5) Christian Brucki (Central Michigan) def. Pedro in Round of 16, Dec. 6-1
Pedro def. Danny Bush (Iowa State) in Consolation, Dec. 4-2 SV1
(9) Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) def. Pedro in Consolation, Dec. 9-2
No. 16 Ranked, No. 5 Seed CJ LaFragola (1-2)
LaFragola def. Paul Dunn (Lehigh) in Round of 32, Dec. 8-3
(12) Mitch Bowman (Iowa) def. LaFragola in Round of 16, Injury Default
Joe Heyob (Penn) def. LaFragola in Consolation, Medical Forfeit
Ian Butterbrodt (2-2)
Butterbrodt def. Razohnn Gross (Rutgers) in Round of 32, Dec. 3-2
(10) Zack Parker (Ohio) def. Butterbrodt in Round of 16, Dec. 5-3
Butterbrodt def. Duece Rachal (Illinois) in Consolation, Dec. 3-1
Patrik Garren (Penn) def. Butterbrodt in Consolation, Dec. 9-4
(Unattached) James Valentino (0-2)
Michael Markulec (Princeton) def. Valentino in Round of 32, Dec. 3-1 SV1
Spencer Empey (Cal Poly) def. Valentino in Consolation, Dec. 4-0