St. Louis, MO - Led by junior Justin Accordino's victory over the 12th-seeded wrestler at 149 pounds, the six Hofstra Pride wrestlers posted a 5-1 record in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center Thursday afternoon.


The Pride are tied for 13th place with 10 points. Penn State, the defending national champions, have the early lead with 25.5 points while Minnesota is on their heels with 25 points. Oklahoma State is third with 17.5 points while Cornell and Iowa are tied for fourth with 17 points. Session two begins at 6:30 p.m. (CT).


Accordino (Wilkes-Barre, PA) defeated 12th-seed Ivan Lopouchanski from Purdue at 149-pounds, 8-4 Thursday afternoon for his 24th win of the season against 11 losses. The red-shirt junior will face fifth-seed Ian Miller (29-3) from Kent State in Thursday night's round of 16. The two wrestlers have not met this season.


Senior Ben Clymer (Germansville, PA), the 11th-seed at 184 pounds, posted a second period escape and made it hold up in a 1-0 victory over Oregon State's Ty Vinson. Clymer, who improved to a career-best 29-8 on the season with his seventh consecutive win, will square off against Penn State's sixth-seed Quentin Wright (27-3) in the round of 16 Thursday night.


Senior P.J. Gillespie (Long Beach, NY), the 12th-seed at 165 pounds, took a 4-2 lead after two periods on the way to a 4-3 victory over Rutgers junior Scott Winston. Gillespie defeated Winston for the second time this season to post his 12th consecutive victory and improve to 29-5 on the year. The 2011 All-American will face Iowa's fifth-seeded freshman Michael Evans (26-6) in the second round Thursday night. It will be the first meeting between the two wrestlers.


Junior Steve Bonanno (Wantagh, NY), another Pride 12th-seed at 125 pounds, jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period and then tacked on a third period takedown to post a 6-3 victory over Cal. State-Bakersfield's Tyler Iwamura in the first round. Bonanno (28-6) posted his second consecutive NCAA Championship win over Iwamura after a 6-5 decision in the 2011 Championships. Bonanno, who won his seventh straight match, will face Kent State's fifth-seeded Nicholas Bedelyon (30-4) in the round of 16 match Thursday night. The two wrestlers met at the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational in December with Bedelyon winning 8-1.


Sophomore Luke Vaith (Hastings, MN) made his NCAA Championship debut a successful one with a 4-1 decision over Duke's Tanner Hough at 141 pounds. Vaith, who won his eighth straight match to improve to 23-8 on the year, will square off against Michigan's number one seed Kellen Russell (29-1) in the round of 16 Thursday night. The two wrestlers have not met this season.


Sophomore Jamie Franco (Monroe, NY) also made his NCAA Championships debut Thursday but was not as successful as Vaith. Franco went up against Minnesota's 10th-seeded freshman Chris Dardanes and was pinned at the 2:43 mark of the match. It was Franco's first loss by fall this year. Franco (21-12) will now face Virginia senior Matthew Nelson (17-6) in the first round of the consolations Thursday night.