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Sanders reaches quarterfinals

McClatchy News Service

ST. LOUIS — Wabasha-Kellogg graduate Zach Sanders was one of three University of Minnesota wrestlers to advance to this mornings quarterfinals after Thursday's first two sessions of the NCAA Championships in St. Louis.

Sanders at 125 pounds, Jayson Ness at 133 and Tyler Safratowich at 157 each won two matches and will try to reach the semifinals today.

Sanders, a redshirt freshman and the 11th seed at 125, opened with a 13-6 decision over Clarion's Jay Ivanco before edging Old Dominion's James Nicholson 5-4 in the second round. Sanders rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Nicholson with a takedown and reversal in the third period before getting the decisive point on riding time. He will face Indiana's Angel Escobeda, the No. 3 seed, in the quarterfinals.

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