Stanford sophomore wrestler Ryan Mango reached the semifinals of the Midlands Championships, winning his first three matches Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
Junior Nick Amuchastegui, ranked fourth nationally in the 174-pound weight class, won his first two matches before dropping his first bout of the season. Freshman Dan Scherer also won twice at 184 pounds before falling into the consolation bracket.
All three Stanford wrestlers will be in action Thursday, with Mango, at 125 pounds, taking on top-seeded Matt McDonough of Iowa in the championship bracket. Amuchastegui and Scherer compete in wrestlebacks with a chance to place third.
Mango wrestled his way into the semifinals by pinning Nebraska's David Klingsheim in 6:40, recording a 15-3 major decision over Greg Cannon of Oklahoma and earning a 7-3 decision over Missouri's Alan Waters.
Amuchastegui won his first 14 matches, including two in Evanston, before he was pinned, in 4:31, by Lehigh's Austin Meys.
Scherer opened with a 5-1 decision over Aaron Jones and then pinned Maryland's Corey Peltier in 1:13 before losing, 9-0, to Iowa's Grant Gambrall.
Amuchastegui and Scherer can assure themselves of at least an eighth-place finish with one win and would reach the third-place match with a pair of victories. Mango can finish no worse than sixth