March 18, 2004
Seniors David Dies and Nick Ciarcia competed on the first day of competition at the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, MO. Dies won his first three matches, two against Top 10 seeded wrestlers, and will go on to face #1 Jesse Jantzen of Harvard.
At 149, Dies wrestled freshman Matt Kocher from Pittsburgh in the first round and came away with a solid 10-1 decision. In the second round, Dies toppled ninth-seeded Ty Eustice from Iowa, 6-5. He then battled the tournament's eighth-seed, Matt Stomiolo from Penn State, in the third round, and came away with an 8-3 decision.
At 184, Ciarcia earned a first round bye and met sophomore Dan Pitsch (19-10), of Oregon State, in round two, losing by a close 8-6 decision.
Dies will continue action Friday, March 19 when he meets Jantzen for the third time this season.