ST. LOUIS — Chandler Rogers got his revenge, and it turns out that he may have desperately needed it.
After losing a 5-4 decision to West Virginia’s Dylan Cottrell in the Big 12 Championship finals in Tulsa two weeks ago, Rogers, Oklahoma State’s sophomore at 165 pounds, atoned for the loss by pinning Cottrell in 52 seconds in the second round of the NCAA Championships in St. Louis on Thursday.
Not only did Rogers pick up some bonus points, but he made up for Anthony Collica’s loss at 149 pounds. Collica, the No. 2 seed, suffered a 9-3 sudden victory loss to Rutgers’ Kenny Theobold in the second round, dashing any hopes Collica had of winning a national title.
By the end of the first night at the Scottrade Center, the Cowboys sat in third place overall with 25.5 points. Penn State, the reigning national champion, posted a first-day total of 30.5 points, and Ohio State edged in front of the Cowboys by a half point with 26.
Nick Suriano, Penn State’s No. 3 seed at 125 pounds, declared before the tournament started that he would be unable to wrestle, and he was eliminated with two injury default losses on Thursday. But the Nittany Lions had seven of its nine wrestlers advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals, including Zain Retherford (149), Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174) and Bo Nickal (184) all winning with bonus points via fall, technical fall or major decision.
Rogers ended up being the only Oklahoma State wrestler to advance in the championship bracket with bonus points on Thursday night.
For the Cowboys, Nick Piccininni (125), Kaid Brock (133), Dean Heil (141), Joe Smith (157), Nolan Boyd (184) and Preston Weigel (197) advanced to the third round on Friday morning with wins by decision.
For the University of Oklahoma, it was a rough go on Thursday with only one wrestler, Brad Johnson (197), winning a championship-bracket match. And even Johnson lost in the second round, leaving the Sooners to compete in the consolation bracket the rest of the way.
Friday’s action in St. Louis consists of quarterfinal matches starting at 10 a.m. Second- and third-round consolation matches will also take place.
On Friday night, semifinal winners will be determined, setting the stage for Saturday night’s championship bouts.