BassFan Staff

Six months after allowing the Angler of the Year title to slip through his fingers, Edwin Evers has an opportunity the wrap his arms around the other B.A.S.S. trophy that he covets so profoundly. The quiet Oklahoman, a man of few words under any circumstance, issued just three when asked if Sunday will be the most important day of his 14-year career.

"Without a doubt."

He grabbed a 1-ounce lead today at the 44th Bassmaster Classic at Alabama's Lake Guntersville with a 20-09 sack that pushed his 2-day total to 47-06. If he maintains that edge through the final day, he'll have earned it, as the guy trailing him by the slimmest of margins is probably the hottest pro in the game, and that gentleman will be competing on the venue that served as the spawning ground for his dazzling rise within the sport.

Randall Tharp, the day-1 leader and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup champion, brought a 19-13 stringer to the scale despite a day that was wrought with inconveniences – both minor and major. If he can outfish Evers and the other contenders on the final day, he'll make bass-fishing history as the only angler to reign over the sport's two premier events simultaneously.

"That'd be cool," the eternally level-headed Tharp said.

A lot of other guys are still in the mix, too, considering the massive single-day weights that Guntersville is capable of surrendering. Paul Mueller, a B.A.S.S. Nation competitor from Connecticut, of all places, provided a stunning example of that today as he rocketed from 47th place to 5th with a 32-04 haul, the heaviest single-day Classic weight of the 5-fish limit era. The smallest specimen in his bag weighed 5 1/2 pounds.

Ott DeFoe, the steady young pro from Tennessee, climbed from 11th to 3rd with a 22-11 bag that gave him a 43-05 aggregate. He'll start the final day just over 4 pounds out of the top slot.

Jason Christie, who's held the No. 1 position in the BassFan World Rankings for the better part of a year now, boxed 20-11 to jump from 7th to 4th with 42-14. The upstart Mueller, who caught less than 10 pounds on day 1, rounded out the Top 5 with 41-13.

Here are the totals for the anglers who'll begin the final day in the Top 12, all of whom retain at least a slim hope of going home with the big prize (the red numbers in parentheses denote their deficit margins from the leader):

1. Edwin Evers: 47-06
2. Randall Tharp: 47-05 (0-01)
3. Ott DeFoe: 43-05 (4-01)
4. Jason Christie: 42-14 (4-08)
5. Paul Mueller: 41-13 (5-09)
6. Casey Ashley: 41-12 (5-10)
7. Chad Morgenthaler: 41-03 (6-03)
8. Jonathon VanDam: 39-05 (8-01)
9. Adam Wagner: 39-01 (8-05)
10. Terry Scroggins: 38-12 (8-10)
11. Randy Howell: 38-06 (9-00)
12. Todd Faircloth: 37-09 (9-13)

Seven former Classic champions competed in this event and not one of them made the Top-25 cut. Four-time winner Kevin VanDam came the closest, finishing 26th. The other ex-kingpins who went by the wayside were Chris Lane (36th), Mark Davis (43rd), Alton Jones (45th), Mike Iaconelli (47th), Takahiro Omori (48th) and Skeet Reese (49th).

Mueller's sack was the biggest of the day by exactly 8 pounds. Wagner, the 2013 Bassmaster Weekend Series champion and former BFL All-American winner from Tennessee, was the runner-up for that accolade with a 24-03 sack that bumped him 28 places. Jordan Lee, the collegiate entrant representing Auburn and hailing from nearby Cullman, Ala., gained 26 slots with a 24-00 stringer.

B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito
Photo: B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito

Randall Tharp could smile during the day-2 weigh-in although he had a day that contained a lot of aggravation.

Overall weights were up a bit from day 1 as the mud that entered the lake courtesy of the rain and wind from Thursday night's storm continued to settle out. They might've increased more under the sunny, calm conditions, but a chilly night reduced water temperatures several degrees in many locales – a phenomenon that bass rarely respond favorably to at this time of year.

The weather forecast for the final day predicts sunny skies, a high temperature of 70 degrees and a southwest breeze to 8 mph.

Evers Made some Tweaks

> Day 2: 5, 20-09 (10, 47-06)

Evers, whose best Classic finish to date was a 5th in 2009 at the Red River, said he fished more baits today than he had on day 1 and also explored some new water.

"Things definitely changed for me," he said. "The water cleared up a bunch, but I didn't get a lot of bites.

"I fished a lot of new stuff today that I didn't fish in practice, but the fish are basically coming from the areas where I found them (previously). One of the places I fished today I didn't get a bite in practice, but I thought, man, that looks good."

His bag was headed up by a 7-pounder that he hooked in the tail with a crankbait.

"When I finally saw that it was a bass, I thought my chances of landing it were slim and none," he said. "I was fishing with pretty light line and it took me a long time to get it in."

With huge flotillas of spectator boats expected to shadow the leaders on the final day, he anticipates spending a fair amount of time playing traffic cop.

"I've got to do a better job with that than I did today. It was very frustrating because I fished the same lines I did the first day, but by the time I got to the other side (the chase boats would) all be blown up on my grass and I'd only get to fish half my stuff. They just drift with the wind and every spot I approach I'm going to have to think about where they're going to end up."

He doubts that he can win with another 20-pound effort on the final day.

"I'm going to have to catch them tomorrow – everyone knows what swims here and (Mueller) proved it with 32 pounds. I think whoever wins is going to have a monster bag."

He led last year's AOY race for much of the season before turning in a 54th-place finish in the final event at Lake St. Clair and watching Aaron Martens walk away with the title.

"Winning this would make me feel a lot better about that," he said. "It'd probably make me forget about it."

2nd: Breakdown Broke Tharp's Rhythm

> Day 2: 5, 19-13 (10, 47-05)

Tharp's production was so prolific this morning, he termed it a "smackdown." Then came the splashdown and then the breakdown.

Through it all, he kept his composure and soldiered through everything that was thrown his way. After being tailed by more than 100 spectator boats up the lake from blast-off, Tharp watched a remote-control helicopter used to shoot video crash into the lake and sink to the bottom of the area he was fishing.

"Maybe I'll catch a fish off of it tomorrow," he joked.

Later in the morning, he had to be towed to a nearby ramp and his boat pulled from the water so a service crew could fix a mechanical issue. He figured he lost nearly 2 hours of fishing time and by the time he returned to the water he couldn’t recapture his morning mojo.

"I was in a good rhythm this morning and things were clicking," he said. "I had some issues out there with my boat and I never found my rhythm again. I culled one time this afternoon in 3 hours of fishing. I'm not disappointed in the time I lost. I'm just disappointed I couldn't get back in the rhythm I had going this morning."

He figures he caught more than a dozen keepers off an area that produced his big fish on Friday. The buzz of the crowd around him got him fired up and he said he was starting to feel it. As the day wore on, though, he sensed some significant changes in his areas,which may lead him to alter his final-day game plan.

"I don't know that I'll change that part of my rotation up," he said. "After that, I really can't tell you what I'm going to do tomorrow. The lake started to change at the end of the day tremendously. There was a 10-degree water temperature change and a lot of flow going through there and there were clarity fluctuations throughout the day. For that reason, you can't possibly think you're going to catch them 3 days in a row."

He's won enough events on this lake to know that another 19-pound bag is unlikely to make him a Classic champion Sunday evening.

"I believe I can win the tournament," he said. "If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't win. If you go out with an attitude that you're not sure about yourself you're not going to get it done. I'm very confident in what I'm doing on the water and any time I go out and catch 19 pounds on this lake, it's a failure for me.

"I'm not saying I come up here and catch 25 pounds every day I go out there, but I'm not happy unless I'm catching 25 pounds."

3rd: DeFoe Strong Again

> Day 2: 5, 22-11 (10, 43-05)

DeFoe revealed today that he's catching all of his fish on moving baits and none are coming from water that's deeper than 6 or 7 feet. He had a 7 1/2-pounder in his sack today.

He did most of his damage with a jerkbait today after relying primarily on a crankbait on day 1. His best area is a place where pre-spawn fish are funneling into.

"The lack of wind today made it real still there," he said. "Yesterday there was maybe 8 inches of visibility with the wind moving the mud in and out, and today it got to probably 18 inches. Those fish would bite the crankbait when there was some wind, but they bit the jerkbait a lot better when the water was as still as glass.

"I know those fish are sitting right there, but when the water's too clear, they won't react to the crankbait as well."

He said he has some alternatives to pursue if the place stops producing.

"I've got one bank that I didn't fish today that I really want to tomorrow. For presentation, I hope I don't have to change anything – I like what I'm doing and it's working good."

4th: Christie Thinking He Needs 30

> Day 2: 5, 20-11 (10, 42-14)

A second straight 20-pound stringer has Christie within striking distance of Evers and Tharp, but he's thinking he'll need ta more substantial weight on Sunday to overtake either or both of them.

"All you can ask for in a fishing tournament is on the last day having a chance to win," he said. "We've seen a 32-pound bag weighed in so whoever is blessed tomorrow and catches that big bag is going to have a chance to win. It could be Randall. It could be me. I hope it's me.

"I saw a 30-pound bag in practice one day. The thing about here is you have to catch one of those 8- or 9-pounders to get to 30 pounds and I haven't caught one of those yet in the tournament. Everything I've caught has been the same size. Hopefully, tomorrow is the day I get two of those bites."

He wound up vacating the area where he fished on day 1 after it didn't produce much in the way of bites or quality.

"I ran 5 miles each way and actually culled at both places," he said. "I just wish I knew the lake better so I could run the lake because you can't tell what it is from the bank because everything is so flat. I know what I'm looking for. It's just hard to tell. You almost have to pull up and fish it and that takes so much time.

"The thing that's helped me is the dirty water. I think the wind knocked a lot of guys off that grass bite on the main river. I do have one place on the main river where I haven't caught a fish yet and it's starting to clear up, so I'm hoping I can fish that tomorrow."

5th: Monster Day Mueller

> Day 2: 5, 32-04 (10, 41-13)

Mueller, a full-time guide on Lake Candlewood, would've been rated one of the most unlikely competitors in the field to produce the type of sack he turned in. It obliterated the previous standard of 29-06, set by Luke Clausen en route to his victory at Florida's Lake Toho in 2006.

Four of his bruisers bit a Z-Man Original Chatterbait with a Reins Fat Rockvibe swimbait trailer and the other was enticed by a rattlebait. The stringer consisted of a fish that was slightly over 8 pounds, two that were about 6 3/4, a 6 1/2 and a 5 1/2.

The mark smashed his previous competitive standard by about 11 pounds and the 8-02 was the largest bass he's ever caught, period.

B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina

B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon (left) and emcee Dave Mercer (right) help Paul Mueller hold up his massive limit.

"I really knew that anything was possible with God," he said. "When I hooked those fish, I wasn't nervous – I just figured it was part of God's plan for the day. When I lost a 5-pounder on day 1 it didn’t bother me because I knew he's in control.

"I fished a few different areas that all have grass and I really picked them apart. The main difference today was the water cleared up and the bigger fish bit. I spent too much time on them yesterday."

All of them came from the 3- to 7-foot depth range. He made his final cull of the day with about an hour and a half to go, replacing a 4-pounder with a 6 1/2.

6th: Ashley's Area Changed

> Day 2: 5, 18-10 (10, 41-12)

All week, Casey Ashley has been brimming with confidence that the key area he'd found would consistently produce good fish. Through 2 days, he's been correct.

Whether or not it'll happen again on the final day, he's not so sure.

"The question is where do I go tomorrow," he said. "They're there. Today, the water temperature was a lot colder than it was yesterday morning and it took it a long time to warm up. The water got clear. It was beautiful, but I don't know what was going on. I had a lot of short strikes. I'd rip my (rattlebait) out of the grass and they'd hit it and knock slack in your line and they wouldn't even be there."

He said the short strikes occurred during the middle of the day when the water slicked off.

"From 10 to 1, it was like glass in there and the sun was baking it," he said. "That’s when they were short-striking it and that's the only thing they'll bite. I've thrown a jig, a Carolina rig, a swimbait. I've thrown it all and all they will bite is a (rattlebait)000."

He remains committed to the area, but will be quick to look elsewhere if he senses another slowdown.

"I can't not fish it tomorrow, but I have another area where I feel like I can catch 18 pounds in pretty easily," he said. "Who knows, I could get up there and there be all 6-pounders. I'm going to sleep on it and make that call."

7th: Morgenthaler In The Mix

> Day 2: 5, 21-14 (10, 41-03)

Chad Morgenthaler was the last man into the Classic and he's put himself in position to possibly be the last man standing when it's over. He doesn't plan on changing anything from today after weighing a solid 21-14, but knows it'll take much more weight than that in order to take a run at the win.

"I'm trying to remain open-minded," he said. "I'm trying to fish from my gut and use my experience from this point on to help me because it did today. I won't be scared to move or change because it could produce a 6- or 8-pounder."

After averaging better than 20 pounds through the first 2 days, his confidence is starting to soar.

"I'm pretty stoked, but at the same time I'm a little concerned because you don’t want to stub your toe on the last day," he said, "but at least I got to the last day."

The fish were very active very early today, a change from their bite pattern on day 1.

"This morning, they bit quick. Yesterday morning, they didn't bite fast and they didn't bite early," he said. "It took me until 12:30 to catch four and then I moved to my secondary area. Today, it was game on quick, but it also ended fast, which kind of concerned me a little. There's a lot of fish in that area and I was surprised at the size of the fish that were there. I didn't think I could catch 16 pounds so fast there. I thought I could catch 12, not 16."

8th: JVD a Little Lighter

> Day 2: 5, 18-10 (10, 39-05)

Jonathon VanDam's day-2 bag was about 2 pounds lighter than the one he caught on day 1, and that disappointed him.

“I fished the same places as yesterday and the water is settling out,” he said. “I just didn’t get as many big bites. I lost some that would have helped me today, too. I’m fishing moving baits shallow and the fish are scattered.

“They’re moving shallow pretty hard. We’re just a couple days away from this place being a madhouse. There were some places I looked at this afternoon that have the potential to produce a big bag. I saw some big fish there today, but I wasn’t able to capitalize on those opportunities. I just didn’t get the number of quality bites I was hoping for today.”

He said he’ll start in the same area again tomorrow, but may change up and do some different things in the afternoon to try to round up a bigger stringer.

9th: Wagner Went Big

> Day 2: 5, 24-03 (10, 39-01)

Wagner used three different baits to compile his big sack, which was topped by a 7-pounder. He caught one weigh-in fish on an XCalibur rattlebait and two each on a red Bandit crankbait and a Stan Sloan's Zorro Booza Bug jig.

"Today started out different (than day 1)," he said. "I started in some pockets throwing a shallow crankbait and I caught a big one doing that, then I went to my main spot and caught my biggest fish and finished off my limit.

"Yesterday it was muddy, but it cleared up today and it made it a lot easier."

He has vast experience at Guntersville, and it helped immensely today.

"That main spot is one I've been fishing for years," he said.

10th: Scroggins Up 5

> Day 2: 5, 21-13 ( (10, 38-12)

Scroggins’ weight improved by a strong 5 pounds today, a fact he attributes to the water clearing up some where he's fishing on the lower end of the lake.

“It’s getting better down near (the city of) Guntersville,” he noted. “From Roseberry Creek up, it’s just mud. I fished the lower end with a Bomber Flat-A (crankbait), just ticking the tops of the grass in 7-8 feet. There’s a lot of current where I was, too.

“I caught most of my fish early today. The first cast I hooked a giant, but he got off. Then I caught a 6-pounder. There are a lot of good fish in that area. I’ll start there tomorrow and catch a limit, then go do something to try to catch a big bag. I might not catch any, but I’ve got to try.”

11th: Howell Still has Hope

> Day 2: 5, 18-03 (10, 38-06)

Howell’s weight went 2 pounds in the wrong direction from day 1. Still, at exactly 9 pounds off the lead, he feels he has a puncher’s chance of winning the Classic in his adopted home state.

The big fish of the tournament is a 9-03, and he’d likely need at least two like that tomorrow.

“I caught a lot more fish today, but I had to move around,” he said. “The place where I caught the 6- and 4-pounders yesterday was a mud hole, so I had to scratch that. I got one 6-pound bite today and I think the bigger fish are moving in. I’ve got a shot – this is Lake Guntersville and they swim here.

“I’m fishing a lot of shallow crankbaits, a spinnerbait, a vibrating jig bait, and a jig. I have about 12 rods on the deck and 10 of them are in frequent use. There are two crankbaits that are doing real well, and they have a bright orange crawfish pattern.

"I’m fishing 4 to 7 feet (deep) with a steady retrieve, just bouncing off the rocks fishing the corners where the current breaks.”

BassFan
Photo: BassFan

A switch to braided line paid off for Todd Faircloth on day 2.

12th: No Lip For Faircloth

> Day 2: 5, 21-03 (10, 37-09)

Todd Faircloth has done nothing but throw a lipless crankbait through 2 days and he sees no reason to change up that strategy.

"I'm committed to doing that now," he said as he pursues his fifth straight Top-10 Classic finish.

He spent some of his morning near Seibold's today, catching 15 pounds off a grass flat that also produced for him on day 1.

"I left and caught two big ones somewhere else," he said.

He mentioned switching to a lipless crank tied on braided line as a key adjustment he made today.

"I had noticed the first fish I'd caught was up shallower than I caught them yesterday," he said. "I was using fluorocarbon line and when I saw that I pulled out a rod that had braid on it and started fishing it a lot shallower. I could fish the bait a lot cleaner with the braid and that seemed to make a big difference.

"I caught about the same number of fish today. Yesterday, it seemed easier to get a bite. I just caught a few key fish today."

13th: New Direction for Palaniuk

> Day 2: 5, 20-14 (10, 37-09)

While he did catch 17-05 on day 1, Brandon Palaniuk sensed he needed to make a change in order to put himself in position to make a big move today.

He did just that and it resulted in an 11-spot jump up the standings.

"I scrapped everything I did during practice and yesterday and fished completely new water," he said.

On a body of water he doesn't know as well as some of his competitors, shifting gears can prove daunting.

"It's pretty difficult because you don't know what direction to go in," he added. "Even if you figure out what you want to fish, it's really hard because you don't know where there's more of that. You just wind up driving around and wasting a lot of time where you could cover more water and eventually come up on one or two of them.

"Today and yesterday were almost completely opposite of each other. Yesterday, I had three good ones, but never had a big bite. Today, I had two big bites – a 5 1/2 and a 6 – but then I had a 1 1/2-pounder that I couldn't get rid of so if I'd had two more bites, one today and one yesterday, it'd have been a whole different ballgame."

Notable

> Day 2 stats – 55 anglers, 35 limits (5 fewer than day 1), 8 fours, 5 threes, 2 twos, 4 ones, 1 zero (one more than day 1).

> The record for highest winning Classic weight in the modern 5-fish limit era is still in danger of falling this week. If Evers or Tharp weigh a bag equaling their average daily haul (23 1/2 pounds) through 2 days, the record of 69-11 set by Kevin VanDam in 2011 at the Louisiana Delta will go down.

> Through 2 days, there have been 26 stringers that have weighed in excess of 20 pounds. In the previous eight Classics combined (all held in February), there were 35 20-pound bags.

Day 2 Standings

1. Edwin Evers -- Talala, OK -- 10, 47-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 26-13 -- Day 2: 5, 20-09

2. Randall Tharp -- Port Saint Joe, FL -- 10, 47-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 27-08 -- Day 2: 5, 19-13

3. Ott DeFoe -- Knoxville, TN -- 10, 43-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-10 -- Day 2: 5, 22-11

4. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, OK -- 10, 42-14 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 22-03 -- Day 2: 5, 20-11

5. Paul Mueller -- Naugatuck, CT -- 8, 41-13 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 09-10 -- Day 2: 5, 32-03

6. Casey Ashley -- Donalds, SC -- 10, 41-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 23-02 -- Day 2: 5, 18-10

7. Chad Morgenthaler -- Coulterville, IL -- 10, 41-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 19-05 -- Day 2: 5, 21-14

8. Jonathon VanDam -- Kalamazoo, MI -- 10, 39-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-11 -- Day 2: 5, 18-10

9. Adam Wagner -- Cookeville, TN -- 10, 39-01 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-14 -- Day 2: 5, 24-03

10. Terry Scroggins -- San Mateo, FL -- 10, 38-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-15 -- Day 2: 5, 21-13

11. Randy Howell -- Springville, AL -- 10, 38-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-03 -- Day 2: 5, 18-03

12. Todd Faircloth -- Jasper, TX -- 10, 37-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-06 -- Day 2: 5, 21-03

13. Brandon Palaniuk -- Hayden, ID -- 10, 37-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-11 -- Day 2: 5, 20-14

14. Jordan Lee -- Vinemont, AL -- 9, 37-07 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 13-07 -- Day 2: 5, 24-00

15. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, AL -- 10, 37-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-10 -- Day 2: 5, 21-11

16. Dean Rojas -- Lake Havasu City, AZ -- 10, 36-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-14 -- Day 2: 5, 15-07

17. Morizo Shimizu -- Osaka, Japan -- 10, 36-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-11 -- Day 2: 5, 19-07

18. David Kilgore -- Jasper, AL -- 10, 35-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 18-15 -- Day 2: 5, 16-11

19. Bobby Lane -- Lakeland, FL -- 10, 35-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-15 -- Day 2: 5, 22-08

20. Doug Thompson -- Mabelvale, AR -- 9, 34-14 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 12-07 -- Day 2: 5, 22-07

21. Fred Roumbanis -- Bixby, OK -- 8, 34-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 23-02 -- Day 2: 3, 11-10

22. Coby Carden -- Shelby, AL -- 9, 34-07 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 22-04 -- Day 2: 4, 12-03

23. Ish Monroe -- Hughson, CA -- 9, 34-05 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 18-08 -- Day 2: 4, 15-13

24. David Walker -- Sevierville, TN -- 9, 34-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 24-13 -- Day 2: 4, 09-06

25. Keith Combs -- Huntington, TX -- 10, 34-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-03 -- Day 2: 5, 13-15

The following anglers did not make the cut and will not fish on day 3.

26. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo, MI -- 10, 33-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-02 -- Day 2: 5, 17-02

27. Hank Cherry Jr -- Maiden, NC -- 10, 33-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-09 -- Day 2: 5, 17-07

28. John Crews Jr -- Salem, VA -- 9, 32-12 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 18-10 -- Day 2: 5, 14-02

29. Tommy Biffle -- Wagoner, OK -- 10, 32-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 20-13 -- Day 2: 5, 11-13

30. Bill Lowen -- Brookville, IN -- 10, 31-11 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-05 -- Day 2: 5, 16-06

31. Brent Chapman -- Lake Quivira, KS -- 10, 31-10 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-11 -- Day 2: 5, 13-15

32. Cliff Crochet -- Pierre Part, LA -- 7, 31-04 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 07-05 -- Day 2: 5, 23-15

33. Patrick Bone -- Cleveland, GA -- 10, 31-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-07 -- Day 2: 5, 15-13

34. Rick Morris -- Lake Gaston, VA -- 9, 29-04 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 15-04 -- Day 2: 5, 14-00

35. Jeff Lugar -- Mcgaheysville, VA -- 8, 27-08 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 11-10 -- Day 2: 5, 15-14

36. Chris Lane -- Guntersville, AL -- 9, 27-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-01 -- Day 2: 4, 12-05

37. John Murray -- Phoenix, AZ -- 10, 26-12 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 13-11 -- Day 2: 5, 13-01

38. Greg Vinson -- Wetumpka, AL -- 8, 26-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-13 -- Day 2: 3, 09-12

39. Chris Jones -- Bokoshe, OK -- 8, 26-02 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 16-10 -- Day 2: 3, 09-08

40. Josh Bertrand -- Gilbert, AZ -- 10, 25-04 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-13 -- Day 2: 5, 12-07

41. Mark Dove -- North Vernon, IN -- 9, 24-09 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 12-08 -- Day 2: 4, 12-01

42. Yusuke Miyazaki -- Forney, TX -- 8, 23-15 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-05 -- Day 2: 3, 06-10

43. Mark Davis -- Mount Ida, AR -- 9, 22-10 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 10-00 -- Day 2: 5, 12-10

44. Steve Kennedy -- Auburn, AL -- 8, 22-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-07 -- Day 2: 3, 06-15

45. Alton Jones -- Lorena, TX -- 8, 21-03 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 15-07 -- Day 2: 3, 05-12

46. Timothy Johnston -- Kalispell , MT -- 6, 20-10 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 07-10 -- Day 2: 4, 13-00

47. Michael Iaconelli -- Pitts Grove, NJ -- 5, 19-15 -- 0
Day 1: 4, 15-09 -- Day 2: 1, 04-06

48. Takahiro Omori -- Emory, TX -- 7, 19-06 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 14-12 -- Day 2: 2, 04-10

49. Skeet Reese -- Auburn, CA -- 6, 19-05 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 07-12 -- Day 2: 4, 11-09

50. Rich Howes -- Oviedo, FL -- 5, 17-00 -- 0
Day 1: 5, 17-00 -- Day 2: 0, 00-00

51. Clifford Pirch -- Payson, AZ -- 6, 16-01 -- 0
Day 1: 2, 07-04 -- Day 2: 4, 08-13

52. Chris Zaldain -- San Jose, CA -- 4, 11-05 -- 0
Day 1: 3, 09-10 -- Day 2: 1, 01-11

53. Gerald Swindle -- Warrior, AL -- 3, 08-00 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 02-01 -- Day 2: 2, 05-15

54. Stephen Browning -- Hot Springs, AR -- 2, 07-03 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 03-12 -- Day 2: 1, 03-07

55. Gary Klein -- Weatherford, TX -- 2, 06-12 -- 0
Day 1: 1, 04-06 -- Day 2: 1, 02-06