CLEVELAND, OHIO — Campbell junior heavyweight Jere Heino advanced to day two of the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, going 1-1 Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Heino topped 16th-seeded Matt Stencel from Central Michigan in round one, 8-3. The Campbell junior led 2-1 through the first period after an early takedown, and matched that effort to lead 4-2 heading into the final set. An escape, followed by a takedown in the final minute, plus riding time, gave the 2018 Southern Conference champion an 8-3 decision.
In Thursday night’s championship bracket, Heino met two-time defending NCAA champion, No. 1 Kyle Snyder of Ohio State, with Snyder claiming a 23-8 tech fall.
Heino was scheduled to take on George Mason’s Matt Voss Friday morning.
At 165 pounds, No. 6 seed Richie Lewis of Rutgers defeated Campbell’s Quentin Perez in the opening round 14-5. Lewis built an 11-4 lead heading into the third period and held on for the major decision.
Utah Valley’s Demetrius Romero eliminated Perez with a 14-4 major decision in the consolation round. Romero held a 4-1 lead after the first period, and took a 7-1 advantage to the third before outscoring the Campbell junior, making his second consecutive NCAA appearance, 7-3 in the final stanza.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)