St. Louis, MO (Betting Express) - In front of a sold out Scottrade Center, 330 wrestlers began their search for NCAA wrestling gold. After an exciting day of wrestling, last year's National Champion Penn State leads the team race with 38.5 points, followed by Minnesota which finished the day with 33 points.
125 LBS: 2010 NCAA Champion, Matt McDonough of Iowa, The Betting Express pick to win this weight, won both of his matches by pin. McDonough still looks like the class of the field. Darkhorse pick, Cornell's Frank Perrelli won both of his matches and heads into tomorrow's quarterfinals.
133 LBS: 2011 NCAA Champion Jordan Oliver from Oklahoma State continued his dominant run with two pin falls on his way to Friday's quarterfinal round. Illinois' B.J. Futrell, the four seed, has looked strong pinning both of the opponents he faced on Thursday.
141 LBS: Returning National Champion, Kellen Russell from Michigan has looked steady earning his way to the quarterfinals with a regular and a major decision win. Cal Poly's Boris Novachkov, The Betting Express's darkhorse pick, won both of his matches by decision to advance to the quarterfinals.
149 LBS: Last year's runner-up, Frank Molinaro from Penn State, survived a tough second-round match against Oregon State's Scott Sakaguchi to move into the quarterfinals. Darkhorse Tyler Nauman from Pitt will face Air Force's Cole Von Ohlen tomorrow morning.
157 LBS: Defending two-time NCAA Champion, Kyle Dake from Cornell pinned both opponents he faced on Thursday. Eleven seed James Green, a true freshman from Nebraska, earned a trip to the quarterfinals by upending Clarion's James Fleming, The Betting Express's darkhorse pick.
165 LBS: Penn State's David Taylor continued his undefeated season with two falls on Thursday. The Betting Express's darkhorse pick, Brandon Hatchett from Lehigh, earned a major and regular decision on his way to Friday's quarterfinal.
174 LBS: Ed Ruth helped Penn State's national title hopes with two pins on Thursday. Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui, last year's national runner-up, looked strong with a pin and a major decision on his way to the quarterfinals.
184 LBS: 2011 NCAA runner-up, Robert Hamlin from Lehigh moved into the quarterfinals with a regular and major decision. Penn State's defending champion Quentin Wright also advanced into the quarterfinals, earning two major decisions.
197 LBS: Top seed Cam Simaz of Cornell scored a major decision and a technical fall to advance to the quarterfinals. Darkhorse Sonny Yohn upset the number seven seed, Mario Gonzales of Illinois to secure a match against number two seed Chris Honeycutt on Friday morning.
HWT: Zachery Rey of Lehigh, The Betting Express pick, needed overtime in his opening match to defeat Indiana's Adam Chalfant 4-2. Rey then slipped past Brandon Williamson of West Virginia, 2-1 to move to the quarters. Number one seed Ryan Flores of American University looked dominant in pinning three opponents on Thursday.