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The veryfirst day of the 2022 NCAA fumbling champions is in the books after the country’s finest grapplers hit the mats at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Penn State, which saw its run of 4 straight nationwide champions end at the hands of Iowa in 2021, looks like it may be headed for another title under head coach Cael Sanderson.

The Nittany Lions sit atop the group standings currently.

2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships Team Standings

1. Penn State, 27.5

2. Arizona State, 22.0

3. NC State 21.5

4. Michigan, 21.0

4. Iowa, 20.5

6. Northern Iowa, 15.0

T7. Nebraska, 14.5

T7. Virginia Tech, 14.5

T9. Oregon State, 14.0

T9. Cornell, 14.0

Full standings readilyavailable at TrackWrestling.com

Day 1 Recap

Oregon State is sitting ninth in the standings thanks in no little part to Hunter Willits, who provided the greatest upset of the opening day.

Willits conquered Penn State’s Brady Berge in the earlymorning session, which put him on a accident course with top-seeded David Carr of Iowa State. Carr was the 157-pound nationwide champ in 2021 and was a best 21-0 this year gettingin the competition.

Carr’s 55-match winning streak is no more after Willits escaped throughout their veryfirst tiebreaker to offer the definitive blow. The Beavers junior notsurprisingly was nearly at a loss for words instantly after his spectacular triumph:

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Hunter Willits knocks off safeguarding champ and No. 1 David Carr!

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That outcome was likewise asign of how unforeseeable the competition can be:

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Here is a list:

– Jaydin Eierman
– David Carr
– Austin O’Connor
– Jake Wentzel
– Nino Bonaccorsi

All NCAA finalists last year. All lost on Day One this week.

This competition is HARD. #NCAAWrestling

Jaydin Eierman battled his method to the 2021 last, falling to Penn State’s Nick Lee. His mission for gold ended much previously in Detroit as the Iowa standout was stopped by North Carolina’s Kizhan Clarke through abrupt success.

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15-seed Kizhan Clarke upsets 2-seed Jaydin Eierman in SV.

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That makes the course to a repeat a little simpler for Lee.

All in all it was a great day for Lee and his Nittany Lions colleagues, as evidenced by their position in the group standings. Roman Bravo-Young (133 pounds), Carter Starocci (174 pounds), Aaron Brooks (184 pounds), Max Dean (197 pounds) and Greg Kerkvliet (285 pounds) are all still alive in addition to Lee.

If you’re curious to understand how Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson is faring, he’s well on his method to a effective title defense at 285 pounds.

The Minnesota star gotridof Northern Iowa’s Tyrell Gordon and Missouri’s Zach Elam by technical fall. Steveson showcased his amazing athleticism when he jumped over Elam and sealed the win.

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Got hops⁉️

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Northwestern’s Lucas Davison, Steveson’s challenger in the next round, will have to include that to the laundry list of things to prepare for when he takes on the leading seed.

The action in Detroit will resume Friday with the earlymorning session at 11 a.m. ET. The night session will get underway at 8 p.m. ET.

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