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March 17, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The final day of the 2012 NCAA Championships brings my final mid-day update from St. Louis and the Scottrade Center. The Terps closed out the tournament Saturday morning with seventh-seeded Josh Asper wrestling for a spot on the medal stand.
Unfortunately for Maryland, Asper lost a 5-2 decision to Appalachian State's Kyle Blevins in the 165-pound wrestleback semifinal, and then lost to sixth-seeded Peter Yates of Virginia Tech in the Fifth Place Match. For the second consecutive season, Asper finishes sixth at the NCAA Championships and will participate in this evening's All-American ceremony.
Asper opened the session against Blevins. The Mountaineer scored an early takedown in the first period to gain the advantage. Asper would tie the match with two escapes, but a third period takedown by Blevins sealed the match.Little Finishes Career as an All-American
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Redshirt senior Darrius Little ended his career on Saturday as an All- American after winning to advance to the seventh place match in the wrestleback bracket. Little collected four wins at the 2012 NCAA Tournament, while earning the Wolfpack 6.5 team points.
The Wolfpack senior opened the tournament by collecting a 6-4 win over Luke Goettl of Iowa State. Little then advanced to the championship third round and faced the No. 9 seed Nick Dardanes of Minnesota. Dardanes defeated Little by a close decision 4-2.
With the loss, Little fell to the wrestleback bracket, but did not dwell on the loss and fought back with three straight wins. The All- American wrestler knocked off Stephen Dutton of Lehigh, Zack Kemmerer of Pennsylvania, and Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech en route to collecting the three victories.Carter, Yates Wrap Up Action at NCAA Championships
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Pete Yates and Devin Carter both wrapped up action at the NCAA Wrestling Championships inside the Scottrade Center Saturday morning with a pair of matches in the medal round. Yates beat an old ACC foe to finish fifth at 165 pounds while Carter picked up a first-period pin to place fifth at 133 pounds. Both earned All-America honors for their efforts at the tournament.
In his first match of the morning, Carter and Iowa's Tony Ramos met for the third time this year with both previously winning a one-point match, but Ramos controlled this one most of the match in picking up an 8-3 decision. After a scoreless first period, third-seeded Ramos got a takedown in the second period and two more in the third period to cruise to the win. In the fifth-place match, fourth-seeded B.J. Futrell of Illinois. Futrell got an early takedown, but Carter didn't panic and reversed Futrell right to his back, picking up the first-period pin to take fifth place.
"I got upset in the second round and obviously, I shouldn't have lost that but sometimes wrestling back from that much of loss and getting fifth is better than losing in the semis and ending up finishing sixth," Carter said. "It's tough, but I learned a lot and I have to come back next year and finish strong. Who knows about next year, I could be at 141, I could be at 133, but wrestling all of these great guys early on in my career will help me down the road in my final two years."