University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Jason McCroskey won his opening round match at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships today. McCroskey went 1-1 in the first day of action in the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
McCroskey, competing at 184 and making his second appearance in the national tournament, scored a 5-2 decision over Central Michigan's Mike Miller for his first career win at the NCAAs. Miller was the runner-up at 174 in last year's championships.
After a scoreless first period, McCroskey chose down to start the second. He scored a reverse to go up 2-0. Miller tied it with a reverse in the third period, but McCroskey immediately reversed back for a 4-2 lead. Riding time added to the final tally and put McCroskey into the second round.
In his second match, McCroskey went up against No. 7 seed Joe LeBlanc from Wyoming. LeBlanc, an All-American in 2009, used a takedown, reverse and riding time to score a 5-1 win.
"Anytime you can beat a returning national runner-up, it is a big deal," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "But we are not here to just get one big win, we want to be All-American."
McCroskey will take on Ohio's Nick Purdue in the wrestleback bracket tomorrow. McCroskey dropped an 8-6 decision to Purdue at the Hokie Open on Nov. 8. That was his first weekend of competition at 184 pounds.
"The reality is Jason now has to go win three more matches to be an All-American," added Eslinger. "I think he is capable of doing it, we just need to put together 21 strong minutes of wrestling.
Freshman Dean Pavlou dropped his opening round match at 149 to Edinboro's Torsten Gillespie in a 10-0 major decision. He ended his run at the championships when he was pinned by Navy's Glen Shorber in the wrestleback bracket.
Friday's action will be covered live on ESPNU and ESPN360.com. Link to live scoring are also available on GoMocs.com.