Navy's John Reich, second-seeded at 167 pounds, won his first three bouts in the NCAA wrestling tournament today, advancing to the third round.
Reich won a preliminary bout over Scott Rechsteiner of Michigan, 9-0, and pinned Steve Port of Washington State at 2:08 in a first-round match. In his second-round match, Reich earned a superior decision over Pete Capone of Hofstra, 14-3.
Three other Midshipmen dropped second-round decisions.
Mike Rodgers (158 pounds), seeded seventh, beat Bill Gaffney of North Carolina, 5-2, in the first round and lost to Murray Crews of Iowa State, 14-2, in the second round. Heavyweight George Fears, No. 12, defeated Larry Hamilton of Brigham Young, 10-6, in the opening round before losing to Lou Banach of Iowa, 26-12. Mark Phillips (177) lost to Jeff Turner of Lehigh, 8-7, in the second round.
Navy's Frank Shaffer (150) lost to Dale Troutman of Ohio State, 6-5, in the first round.
Paul Maltagliati, a heavyweight from George Mason, lost a tough decision to Mike Euker of Wisconsin in the first round. Maltagliati, who finished with a career record of 112-32, and Euker finished regulation tied, 3-3. After they tied in overtime, 1-1, a list of tie-breaking criteria was used to determine the winner. Euker won, on the eighth criteria, because Maltagliati was warned for stalling in the overtime.
Two Maryland wrestlers lost in the first round. John Worley (118) lost to Roger DeSart of Nevada-Las Vegas, 16-10, and Mark Dugan (134) was defeated by top-seeded Kris Whelan of Missouri, 23-7.