NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, March 23

NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Saturday, March 23

March 24, 2013

Team Scores
10. Virginia Tech (43.5 points)
21. Virginia (23.5 points)
22. North Carolina (21.5 points)
T27. Maryland (16.5 points)
T63. Duke (0.5 points)
T63. NC State (0.5 points)

Tech wraps up action at NCAA Wrestling Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa (hokiesports.com) - Four Virginia Tech wrestlers wrapped up action at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships in the All-America placement matches Saturday morning inside Wells Fargo Arena. Their performance have the Hokies sitting in ninth place heading into the final session with 43.5 points. With things falling the right way in the finals, Tech could finish in the top 10 for the first time in program history.

Jarrod Garnett lost both of his matches Saturday to take sixth place at 125 pounds. In his first match of the day, he led sixth-seeded Nahshon Garret of Cornell 8-2 early on, but Garrett turned him twice and rode him for the third period to pick up the 13-9 win over the Tech senior. He dropped his fifth-place match to ninth-seeded Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State, 7-2. Garnett finishes his career with 126 wins, tied for the fourth-most in school history with an All-America medal and three ACC titles.

Pete Yates took it to unseeded Michael Moreno of Iowa State, turning him twice in the first period to eventually roll to the 12-2 major decision. In the third-place match, Yates couldn’t get past fourth-seeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State, falling 5-1. Yates finishes his storied Tech career with 131 wins, the second most in school history (two behind Sean Gray) with two All-America medals and two ACC titles.

Moore and Sulzer Finish All-America Seasons at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Jedd Moore (R-Sr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) and Nick Sulzer (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) wrapped up their All-America seasons Saturday in the medal round at the 2013 NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Moore took sixth place at 157 pounds, while Sulzer claimed eighth place at 165 pounds.

Virginia finished with 23.5 team points and stands in 21st place in the team competition heading into the championship session this evening. UVa will earn a top-25 standing for the third time in the last four years.

"It was a fantastic season for our program," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "We had two All-Americans, beat three ranked teams in duals, competed in the National Duals event and went down to the final match in contention to win the ACC championship. There are so many positives, but we still have work to be done and we'll get back at it on Monday. I'm already excited to get started working for next season."

Henderson Finishes In Sixth Place

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sophomore Evan Henderson finished sixth place in the country at 141 pounds as his NCAA Championships experience came to an end Saturday.

Henderson opened the morning session against a familiar foe in The Citadel's Ugi Khishignyam whom Henderson beat in a pair of narrow decisions during the regular season. The sixth-seeded Khishignyam would get the better of Henderson on Saturday as he pinned Hendereson in the opening period at the 1:08 mark to drop Henderson to the fifth place match.

The New Florence, Pa., native would take on Cornell's Michael Nevinger, the #11 seed, in the battle for fifth place. Nevinger would go on to win the match by a 9-2 decision.

Sheptock Places Sixth at NCAAs

DES MOINES, Iowa - On night after earning All-American honors, Maryland junior wrestler Jimmy Sheptock wrapped up the 2013 NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.

Sheptock began the final day with a shot at third place at 184, but lost to fourth-seeded and defending national champion Steve Bozak of Cornell to drop into the fifth-place match. The junior lost to 12th-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa to close out the tournament.

Against Bosak, Sheptock fought off multiple first-period shots before finally giving up two points. Bosak tacked on a point with an escape in the third to seal a 3-0 decision.