【N.J】 Rider’s Laird, Princeton’s Glory and Monday earn All-American status at NCAA Wrestling Championships – – – New Jersey News

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TULSA, Okla. — Although the big overall story was an incredible 7-for-7 showing by defending champion Penn State, the quarterfinal round of Friday afternoon’s NCAA Championships were also a bonanza for three wrestlers from Princeton and Rider.

Advancing into Friday night’s semifinals with victories in the quarters were Princeton’s Quincy Monday (165) and Patrick Glory (125) along with Rider’s Ethan Laird (197).

Monday (25-2) who finished second a year ago, continued to look impressive with a very comfortable 10-4 win over Caleb Fish of Michigan State in a bout he dominated from start to finish.

His victory set up a semifinal against Iowa State’s top-seeded and undefeated David Carr, who defeated Rider’s Jesse Delvecchio to win the 157-pound national title in 2021. Both Carr and Monday are the sons of legendary wrestlers.

“I’m excited, this is what we are here for,” said Monday after his quarterfinal round win. “I knew he (Fish) was having a good tournament, but I was able to keep my feet moving and hit my spots.”

Princeton's Quincy Monday celebrates after defeating Michigan State's Caleb Fish, not pictured, at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, Friday, March 17, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)
Princeton’s Quincy Monday celebrates after defeating Michigan State’s Caleb Fish, not pictured, at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, Friday, March 17, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

Glory, meanwhile, upped his unblemished record to 23-0 with an 8-4 decision over Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney. This bout was up for up for grabs when Courtney tied it with a takedown late in the second period, but Glory pulled away in the third.

Glory is the No. 2 seed and advanced into the semifinals against Nebraska’s Liam Cronin. Looming in the top half of the bracket is Iowa’s Spencer Lee, who moved to within two more wins of a fourth national title.

The No. 4 seed, Laird was able to reach the semifinals against Pittsburgh’s top-seeded Nino Bonaccorsi by just getting past Zac Braunagel of Illinois.

Laird (28-1) scored the winning points with a third-period takedown. From there, Braunagel escaped and just missed scoring a takedown of his own in the final seconds at the edge of the circle. Illinois threw in the brick in an attempt to have Braunagel receive credit for a takedown, but to no avail.

No matter what happens in the semifinals, by winning their quarterfinal-round bouts Laird, Monday and Glory were all assured of  All-American status.

Still alive and in the hunt for a top-eight finish following the third round of wrestlers backs was Rutgers’ Dean Peterson (125). Should he win one more match, Peterson also would be All-American.

Also winning in the third round of wrestle-backs was Cornell University’s and Hunterdon Central’s former two-time state champion Brett Ungar at 125 pounds.

Eliminated in the third round of wrestle-backs was Rutgers’ 184-pounder Brian Soldano, who was a three-time state champion at High Point.

Following the quarterfinals and third round of wrestlebacks, Penn State had built up a basically insurmountable 30-point lead over Iowa and a 33-point lead over third-place Cornell.

Penn State brought nine wrestlers to the tourney and seven are already assured of being named All-American by making the semis. Should it win as expected, Penn State will achieve its 10th national team championship in the last 12 years the tournament has been held.

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