Today's quarterfinals will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Kjar will be matched up against the No. 5 seed from Minnesota Zachary Sanders, who is a two-time All-American. Kjar is now just one win shy of becoming UVU's first-ever All-American.
"We're really excited about Ben and both of his wins," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "His first win over Bonanno from Hofstra got him going and his win over Nicholson of Old Dominion was great as he was the No. 4 seed and undefeated this season. If he wins tomorrow in the quarters, he'll become an All-American."
After a scoreless first period between Kjar and Nicholson Thursday evening, Nicholson picked up an escape point in the second to go up 1-0. Kjar then took the lead with a takedown late in the period. In the third period, Kjar held his ground and advanced to the quarters with the 2-1 win.
In Ray's second-round matchup with the No. 7 seed from Illinois, B.J. Futrell, Ray found himself on the wrong end of a 12-4 major decision. Ray stayed close with Futrell at the beginning as he was down just one at the end of one (2-1). In the second period, Futrell took command of the bout, as he pulled ahead on the scoreboard after a takedown and nearfall. Futrell then added to the score in the third.
In a must-win match for Morrill, Cornell's Hicks Manson took an early lead, but Morrill battled back and got within 4-3 late in the third period. With Morrill looking for a takedown, Mason managed to pick up the takedown instead and also held riding time to win the bout 7-3. The loss ended Morrill's senior campaign in which he finished with a 23-11 record.
"Flint picked up a big win in his first match, but in his second he really didn't look that sharp," Williams added. "He's got to be ready to go on Friday so that he can reach his goal."
Earlier in the day, Kjar defeated Hofstra's Steve Bonanno by decision 5-2 and Ray continued the hot start for the Wolverines as he pulled out a 7-5 upset over the No. 10 seed from Penn, Rollie Peterkin. Morrill dropped his first match to the two-time All-American and No. 4 seed Jimmy Kennedy from Illinois 9-3.
Day 2 of the NCAA Championships will begin this morning at 8:30 a.m. MT. Kjar's match in the quarterfinals will be televised live on ESPNU. The semifinals/session III will begin at 5 p.m. MT and will also be broadcast on ESPNU.
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