Some statistics after the quarterfinal round of the 1978 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House:
Of the 307 bouts in the championship bracket, 68 have ended in pins (22 percent), 18 in superior (margin of 12 points or more) decisions and 50 in major (margin of 8-11 points) decisions. Only 13 have gone into overtime.
The most decisive of the 10 shutouts was a 14-0 decision by Navy's Brian Rodgers over Gilden McColum of Illinois State in a first-round 158 match.
Kelly Ward out of Kennedy High School and now at Iowa State, recorded a 31-4 destruction of Roth Lamont of Montana in a preliminary match at 158 that stands as the most points scored by an individual in one match and the widest margin (27 points) of victory.
None of the seven men who pinned their way into the quarterfinals was able to engineer a third fall. Four of them lost, including Scott Heaton of Cal Poly, who flattened his first two opponents in a combined time of 3:23. Heaton, seeded eighth at 167, was edged, 8-7, by top-seeded Paul Martin of Oklahoma State.
The fastest pin so far was a 38-second flattening of Ralph Kuehn of San Jose State by Harold Smith of Kentucky in a first-round heavyweight match. Smith, seeded second to Oklahoma State's Jimmy Jackson, was upset, 2-1, in the quarterfinals by Gary Peterson of Brigham Young, the seventh seed.
Almost a third of the seeded wrestlers (25 of 80) failed to make it to the quarterfinals, with at least one seed falling in each weight class. The seeding committee's top four picks advanced unscathed to the semifinals in four of the 10 weight classes - 142, 150, 167 and 177.
The only top seed to be ousted from the championship bracket was 134-pound Lee Roy Smith of Oklahoma State, a first-round loser to Bill Walsh of Cleveland State, 11-7. The 134 class proved to be the toughest for seeded wrestlers. Only Franc Affentranger (4) of Bakersfield (Calif.) State and Ken Mallory (8) of Montclair State moved past the quarterfinals. They are matched in the semifinals.