Freshman Mike Deana and defending 177-pound champion Chris Campbell led five Iowa wrestlers into the NCAA championship semifinals today, but Oklahoma State and Iowa State were in position to challenge the Hawkeyes for the team title.
Following afternoon quarterfinals, the two-time defending champion Hawkeyes ahd 43 1/2 points. Oklahoma State had 42 1/2, Iowa State had 42.
Joining Deana (167) and Campbell in the semifinals for Iowa were Keith Mourlam (126). Mike McGivern (158) and heavyweight John Bowlesby.
Oklahoma State wrestlers in the semifinals were Billy Martin (126), Leroy Smith (134). Steven Barrett (142). Paul Martin (150) and heavyweight Jim Jackson.
The Iowa State competitors reaching the semifinals were Johnny Jones (118), Mike Land (126), Joe Zuspann (150), Kelly Ward (148) and Frank Santana (190).
Navy's 158 pounder, John Althans, was decisioned, 9-2, in the quarterfinals by Ethan Reeve of Tennessee. Althans won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association title two weeks ago. He will compete in the consolation bracket.
Moving into the semifinals against Reeve at 158 pounds was Kelly Ward of Annapolis, a sophomore at Iowa State and son of former Maryland football all-America and coach Bob Ward. Ward defeated John Jackson of Oklahoma State in a close bout.