OMAHA, Neb., March 18, 2010 – West Virginia University junior Brandon Williamson finished off a strong first day at the NCAA Division I championships with a second straight upset win on Thursday evening at the Qwest Center.
Williamson, who graduated from Greenwich High, pinned No. 7 seed Jarod Trice of Central Michigan in the first round in 6:13 and followed that up with a 3-0 victory over No. 10 Dominick Russo of Rutgers in competition in the heavyweight weight class.
Williamson advances to Friday’s quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State. Williamson was unseeded.
Williamson posted a 3-0 decision over Russo. Williamson accumulated two minutes in riding time in the second period and came close to earning near-fall points multiple times. In the third, Williamson elected neutral and registered a takedown moments into the period.
Trice took command of his first round bout with Williamson, earning two minutes of riding time in the second period to take control. In the third period, Williamson was on top and cut Trice’s riding time advantage to 59 seconds before he broke free.
Williamson got in deep on a single leg takedown, got the takedown and put Trice on his back for a pin with 6:59 remaining.
Williamson improves his record to 19-7 overall, earning his first victory at the Division I national championships. He was a two-time junior college All-American, at Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, winning the national title in 2008.