WORCESTER -- Top seeds excelled Saturday at day one of the 2018 NCAA Division III Northeast Regional hosted by WPI. 19 of the 20 number one and two seeds advanced to the semifinals of the 10 weight classes and are just one win away from a spot in the national championships in two weeks in Cleveland, Ohio.
Seventh seeded Ryan Guers from Western New England pulled what may have been the biggest upset of the day at 174 pounds when he defeated his second-seeded opponent from Johnson & Wales 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Six seeds Carter Armendarez of Wesleyan (149), Malik Settles from New England College (174) and Connor Humphries of Roger Williams (184) also pulled quarterfinal upsets to reach their respective semifinal rounds, where they will be joined by four five seeds.
Johnson & Wales leads the parade to the semifinals with seven wrestlers while Coast Guard and Wesleyan will see five each compete in the semis. Host WPI, Roger Williams, and NYU will see four each, Castleton, Springfield, Western New England and Williams two apiece and New England College, Southern Maine and Trinity will all be represented by a single wrestler in the semifinals.
The Wildcats also lead the standings after day one of the 17-team event. JWU has registered 81 points while the race for second is tight with six teams - WPI (54), Wesleyan (54), Roger Williams (50.5), NYU (49.5) Coast Guard (48.5) and Springfield (47.5) - separated by just 6.5 points
Second day action continues Sunday at 10am. Eight wrestlers remain in each weight class, four in the winner's bracket and four in the consolation bracket. With the top three in each weight class headed to the Nationals in two weeks in Cleveland, several paths exist for qualification. For those in the winner's bracket, a win in semifinal match with punch their ticket while a loss with require two wins later in the today to qualify. The four starting in the consolation bracket with need to win three bouts Sunday to secure a spot in Cleveland.