NCAA Wrestling ACCtion: Friday, March 22
March 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (hokiesports.com) - A school-record four Virginia Tech wrestlers earned All-America honors via their performances Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships and advance to Saturday's placement bouts. Seniors Jarrod Garnett and Pete Yates, along with junior Zach Neibert and sophomore Nick Brascetta helped vault the Hokies into 10th place heading into the final day with 40.0 points.
Garnett opened things up at 125 pounds against a familiar foe in Virginia's Matt Snyder, a guy he has wrestled numerous times over the past five years. He had never lost to him and made sure his first loss wasn't one to end his career. Garnett jumped all over Snyder, racing out to a 7-1 lead after a period and ended up turning him in the third period en route to the 16-5 major decision which earned him his first All-America honor. In his second match of the night, Garnett dispatched of Minnesota's David Thorn, picking up the second-period pin to continue his strong run after a tough opening match Thursday. He will wrestle twice tomorrow, for third place if he wins his first match and for fifth if he loses the first bout.
Neibert secured his spot on the 141-pound podium with a big 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Richard Durson of Franklin & Marshall after picking up a takedown late to ice the win. In his second match of the night, he took fifth-seeded Evan Henderson of North Carolina, but eventually dropped a 7-4 decision. He will now wrestle for seventh place Saturday morning. It is Neibert's first All-America medal.
Moore and Sulzer Clinch All-America Honors at NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa - Jedd Moore (R-Sr., Mount Vernon, Ohio) and Nick Sulzer (R-So., Cleveland, Ohio) clinched All-America honors Friday evening at the 2013 NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The duo helped vault the Cavaliers into 20th place in the team standings with 23.5 points heading into the final day of competition.
Moore and Sulzer became the 14th and 15th All-Americans in Virginia wrestling history. It marks the fifth time in program history that multiple wrestlers have earned All-America honors in the same year.
The All-America round will start at 11 a.m. ET Saturday and will be televised by ESPNU.
"I'm so proud of our guys. This is an unbelievably well-deserved honor for Jedd and Nick," Virginia head coach Steve Garland said. "They have worked so hard for it. Words can't express how happy and excited I am for them. We are looking forward to watching them wrestle in the All-American round tomorrow morning."
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sophomore Evan Henderson became the 23rd All-America in North Carolina wrestling history on Friday as he claimed a pair of wins to become UNC's first All-America since 2005.
Henderson opened Friday night's fourth session with his second pin of the tournament when he was able to pin Northern Iowa's Joey Lazor in 1:52 to earn his first All-America honor.
Henderson then assured himself at least a sixth place finish as he bested Virginia Tech's Zach Neibert for the second consecutive week with a 7-4 decision. Henderson will return to action in Saturday's morning session against sixth-seeded Ugi Khishignyam of The Citadel who Henderson has claimed a pair of wins against this season.
The All-America honor is the first for a Tar Heel since Evan Sola claimed sixth place in the 2005 NCAA Championships.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Maryland junior Jimmy Sheptock rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to win two matches Friday night at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena to become the 19th Terrapin wrestler all-time to earn All-American honors.
After falling to second-seeded Ben Bennett of Central Michigan by the narrowest of margins, 1-0, Sheptock responded with two dramatic overtime victories in the wrestleback to secure All-American honors for the first time.
In his opening match of the Friday evening session, Sheptock squared off against fifth-seeded Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota. Sheptock scored the first takedown of the match 1:41 into the first period. Steinhaus quickly escaped and scored a takedown 24 seconds later. Sheptock escaped before the end of the period to tie the match at 2-2.
After beginning down in the second period, Sheptock escaped for the only score of the period. In the third, Steinhaus got the point back with an escape of his own to force sudden victory. In the extra session, Sheptock connected on a takedown with 11 seconds left to earn a 6-4 decision.
DES MOINES, IOWA - NC State junior Joe DeAngelo kept fighting back, but fell in the wrestlebacks Friday at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships in the 125-pound weight class.
DeAngelo lost in the first round yesterday, but came back and won in the night session to advance to the second day of action on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
He fell in the second period of sudden victory to Steve Mitcheff of Kent State, 7-5.
After a scoreless first period, DeAngelo scored first with a takedown sandwiched around a pair of Mitcheff escapes to even things up at 2-2. Mitcheff scored his own takedown and took a 4-2 lead into the final period.