DETROIT –University of Iowa senior Jacob Warner advanced to the Finals of the 2022 NCAA Championships after a 6-4 semifinal victory Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Warner, the No. 6 seed at 197 pounds, scored four points in the third period to defeat Wyoming second-placed Stephen Buchanan and advance to the NCAA Finals for the first time in his career.
After a scoreless first period, Warner escaped to start the second, gave up an out, then escaped again in the closing seconds to enter the third period tied at 2-2. In first position to start the third, Warner parted ways with Buchanan with four near-drop points to build a 6-2 lead. He gave up a breakout and was hit with a run for stalling to make the final score, 6-4.
“I fought him last year and turned him, so I knew I could do something better,” Warner said. “My last two games have been won by being able to roll, so I knew that was going to be a big factor in this game.
“All week I worked on getting that wrist tighter. I had that wrist and as soon as I attached it to his hip I knew I could do something with it. I didn’t. I had to stick with it, keep rising and going into him, and that made the difference.
Warner advanced to the Finals to extend Iowa’s streak of consecutive NCAA Championship Finals appearances to 32 straight. He beat his four opponents 19-5 to reach the final, where he will face Penn State’s top-ranked Gabe Dean.
“Finish the wrist tilt today, good job. Finish the game, good job. Now we have to finish the tournament,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. Good job Jacob Warner.
ALL AMERICAN ROUND
Alex Marinelli, Michael Kemerer and Tony Cassioppi all scored wins in the Round of 16 to secure All-America honors. Cassioppi secured a berth with a 4-0 win in their opener, but lost their second game of the night, 11-5, and will battle for seventh place on Saturday.
Marinelli became Iowa’s 25th four-time All-American with a 6-2 victory in his first game and advanced to the consolation semifinals with a 4-2 in his second game.
Kemerer used a third-period out to clinch a 5-2 victory in his first consolation game, earning All-America honor and becoming the first five-time All-American in program history. Kemerer backed up his first win with a 3-1 overtime victory in the consolation quarters.
“Two tough wins, each guy,” Brands said. “There is no gimmie tower. There is no rest. You must be ready. When you come back after (a loss), especially an upset, the emotions, you have to equalize them. The thing that fears is what fears. The thing you can control is to do your best next time.
Austin DeSanto will join Marinelli and Kemerer in the consolation semifinals. DeSanto, seeded No. 5 at 133, gave up a strikeout to top seed Roman Bravo-Young with nine seconds left in the game to give up a 3-1 decision.
The Hawkeyes enter Saturday in fourth place with 62.0 team points. Penn State leads the team race with 108.0 points. Michigan (84.5) and Arizona State (63.5) round out the top four.
The NCAA Championships continue Saturday at 10 a.m. (CT). ESPNU and WatchESPN provide television and online coverage of the medal rounds. The finals begin Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
- Warner is a four-time All-American. He ranked seventh in 2019, made a first-team All-American in 2020, and ranked fourth in 2021.
- Since 1999, when the NCAA established the weight classes used today, Iowa has never won a title at 197 pounds.
- Iowa has had an NCAA finalist every year since 1990, a streak of 32 consecutive tournaments.
- Michael Kemerer became the first five-time All-American in school history.
- Alex Marinelli became the 25th four-time All-American in school history.
IOWA SEMI-FINAL RESULTS
133 – #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) Dec. #5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa), 3-1
197 – #6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) Dec. #2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming), 6-4
IOWA ROUND 12 RESULTS
149 – #6 Jonathan Millner (App State) Dec. #8 Max Murin (Iowa), 8-1
165 – #3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) Dec. #8 Phillip Conigliaro (Harvard), 6-2
174 – #5 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) Dec. #8 Michael O’Malley (Drexel), 5-2
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285 – #3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) Dec. #16 Zach Elam (Missouri), 4-0
IOWA CONSOLATION QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
165 – #3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) Dec. #7 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State), 4-2
174 – #5 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) Dec. #9 Mike Labriola (Nebraska), 3-1
285 – #7 Mason Parris (Michigan) Dec. #3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa), 11-5
IOWA NCAA FINALS MATCHUPS
197 – #6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. #1 Max Dean (Penn State)
133 – #5 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. #7 Lucas Byrd (Illinois)
165 – #3 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs #1 Evan Wick (Cal-Poly)
174 – #5 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) against #3 Logan Massa (Michigan)
SEVENTH PLACE MATCHUPS
285 – #3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. #12 Christian Lance (Nebraska)
1. State of Pennsylvania 108.0
2. Michigan 84.5
3. Arizona State 63.5
5. Nebraska 54.0
6. Northwest 49.0
7.Virginia Tech 48.0
9. Ohio State 42.0