Wilson Opens NCAAs with Perfect 2-0 Mark Thursday Morning

Josh Wilson

March 15, 2012


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ST. LOUIS - Utah Valley University 149-pounder Josh Wilson opened his first NCAA Championships with a perfect 2-0 mark in the opening session of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo., Thursday morning.

Wilson (20-9) opened up against Missouri's Kyle Bradley (21-12) in the pigtail round and the Wolverine junior advanced into the round of 32 with a 7-3 win. Wilson then went on to win that bout by securing a takedown over Rutgers' Mario Mason (19-4) with just two seconds left in the first overtime period to pull out a 4-2 sudden victory win over him.

Against Bradley, Wilson enjoyed an early 2-0 lead with a takedown just 30 seconds into the bout. Bradley then managed to escape to cut it to a one point contest but Wilson picked up another takedown with just five seconds to go in the opening period to pull ahead 4-1. With a quick escape in the second frame, Wilson took a 5-1 advantage into the final period. In the third, He then managed to score another takedown and allowed just two more escape points to Bradley as Wilson held on for the 7-3 opening victory.

With the victory he advanced on to face Rutgers' Mason, who was ranked sixth on the season in the final coaches' poll.

Mason opened the bout with an early takedown in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead over the lone Wolverine grappler at the tournament. Wilson countered back however with an escape in the first to enter the second frame down just 2-1. Wilson then picked up a quick escape point in the second period to tie the contest at 2-all. That is where the match remained until the end of regulation as it headed to overtime.

In the 1:00 sudden victory period, Wilson and Mason looked like they were headed to the two 30-second tiebreaker periods. But Wilson managed to get a hold of Mason at the edge of the mat with just seconds to go and score the late takedown to advance to Thursday evening's round of 16 to face No. 2 and undefeated Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State (31-0).

Session II will begin this evening at 6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT and can be seen live at WatchESPN.com. Friday's third session will take place at 10 a.m. CT/9 a.m. MT.