NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, March 16

March 16, 2012

Carter, Yates earn NCAA All-America honors

ST. LOUIS - Sophomore Devin Carter avenged a major decision loss from just over a month ago and junior Pete Yates upset the second-seeded wrestler at his weight class as both earned All-America honors Friday night at the NCAA Wrestling Championships inside the Scottrade Center.

Carter, a sophomore from Christiansburg beat Northern Iowa's Joe Colon 13-10 to pick up his first top-eight honor. He controlled the pace early, picking up three takedowns in the first period to grab a 6-2 lead. In the second period, the 133-pounder got a takedown and two back points to extend the lead, but Colon fought hard to make it a match in the third period. After Carter got a takedown, Colon picked up two takedowns late, but couldn't turn Carter for the tying points. Colon beat Carter 13-3 at the NWCA National Duals in February.

A little while later, junior Pete Yates joined Carter in the All-America club with a dominating 10-3 victory over second-seeded Shane Onufer of Wyoming at 165 pounds. He jumped out quickly with two first-period takedowns and got one more in the second and another in the third period to roll to the win and guarantee a top-eight finish.

Asper All-American Again

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Seventh-seeded Josh Asper won a 5-3 decision over second-seeded Shane Onufer of Wyoming in the 165-pound quarterfinal to secure All-American status for the second time in as many years Friday at the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center. After four sessions, the Terps are in 31st place with 15.5 points. Penn State enters the final day in first place.

It is the 28th-time a Maryland wrestler has earned All-American status.

In Friday's evening session, Asper lost a hard-fought 5-4 decision to 11th-seeded Brandon Hatchett of Lehigh in the semifinals. Asper will enter the 165-pound wrestleback and attempt to earn a spot on the medal stand Friday morning.

Little Advances at NCAA's

ST. LOUIS, Mo.-- Redshirt senior Darrius Little has collected three wins and has advanced to the 6th round in the wrestleback bracket at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Little has earned North Carolina State 3 team points, getting a point for each win.

North Carolina State wrestlers Coltin Fought, Quinton Godley, Darrius Little, Matt Nereim, and Colton Palmer are all competing at the NCAA Tournament.

Redshirt senior Darrius Little started off the NCAA tournament on a high note, defeating Luke Goettl of Iowa State, 6-4. Little dropped his next match to Nick Dardanes of Minnesota, but fought back and won his next two matches in the wrestleback bracket. Little's next match will be at 6 p.m. CT against Zach Neibert of Virgina Tech.

Virginia Concludes Action at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Virginia wrestling team completed its stay in the 2012 NCAA Championships Friday as all six Cavaliers were eliminated from the competition. UVa finished with 17.5 points, which put the Cavaliers in a 28th-place tie at the end of Session IV.

Jon Fausey (R-So., Dalmatia, Pa.), the No. 12 seed at 184 pounds, reached the round of 12 before falling one win shy of All-America status with a 2-0 loss to No. 3 seed Ben Bennett of Central Michigan.

Matt Snyder (R-Jr., Lewistown, Pa.), Nick Nelson (R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), Matt Nelson (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.), Gus Sako (So., Cleveland, Ohio), Nick Sulzer (R-Fr., Cleveland, Ohio) also were eliminated from the competition Friday afternoon.

Tar Heels Fall At NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Senior Thomas Ferguson went 1-1 at the NCAA Championships Friday and sophomore Corey Mock went 0-1 as the final two Tar Heels competing had their seasons come to an end. Ferguson finishes the year 23-14, while Mock posts a 27-12 in his second year as a Tar Heel.

Corey Mock was the first Tar Heel to take the mat Friday morning as the sophomore took on a familiar opponent in No. 12 seed Steven Monk of North Dakota State. The pair were scoreless after the first period before Monk posted three points in the second with an escape and a takedown. Mock countered with a reversal to end the second down one at 3-2.

Monk picked up a pair of back points with a minute to go in the final period before a late reversal by Mock made it 5-4 in favor of Monk. Another point for riding time provided Monk a 6-4 win and ended Mock's season.