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Complete match summaries from the semifinals of the NCAA Championships in each weight



125 pounds
No. 5 Troy Nickerson (Cornell) dec. No. 1 Nick Simmons (Michigan State), 2-1

1st period
Simmons started aggressively, going into a double underhook to a shot, which was countered by Nickerson with a whizzer and they went out of bounds. Simmons continued to work upperbody, forcing Nickerson out of bounds, where Nickerson was warned for stalling with about a minute left. Nickerson hit a low single, which Simmons countered and held to a stalemate. Simmons again went to the double underhooks, and the period ended with no scoring.
0-0 after a period

2nd period
Nickerson chose neutral position. The wrestler got into head and collar tieups, until Simmons again sunk in the double unders, which went out of bounds.Simmons got a whizzer position and tried to hip in to score, but they went out of bounds. The period ended with no scoring
0-0 after two periods

3rd period
Simmons chooses top position. He starts by riding in a high spiral on Nickerson, keeping him to the mat, while hooking the ankle. Nickerson tries a granby and they go out of bounds. Simmons is able to get over a minute riding time, Nickerson works out for a reversal and a 2-0 lead. Officials hit Nickerson for a stalling point on the top with 32 seconds left, making it 2-1. He has eliminated riding time. Nickerson sinks in the legs. Simmons grabs his head from the bottom but can't get out as time runs out.
Final score, Nickerson, 2-1

125 pounds
No. 3 Joe Dubuque (Indiana) dec. No. 2 Sam Hazewinkel (Oklahoma), 2-1

1st period
Very little action in the first period as both competitors are wrestling cautiously and defensively. Period ends with no score.

2nd period
Hazewinkel chooses bottom position. Defending national champion Dubuque is warned for stalling with 28 seconds left after hanging onto the ankle near the edge of the mat. Dubuque rides Hazewinkel out as the match remains scoreless after five minutes.

3rd period
Dubuque chooses bottom position. Dubuque spins free for an escape to take a 1-0 lead with 1:27 left. Dubuque is hit for stalling to tie it 1-1 with 15 seconds left, but Dubuque already has clinched a riding-time point. Dubuque holds off a late shot attempt by Hazewinkel and prevails 2-1.

133 pounds
No. 5 Chris Fleeger (Purdue) dec. No. 1 Shawn Bunch (Edinboro), 9-2

1st period
Bunch starts moving quickly, and forcing Fleeger off the mat. Fleeger hits a leg attack for a takedown just 15 seconds into the bout to lead 2-0. He rides high on Bunch, then drives him to the mat, sinking in a leg. Bunch is unable to get up to his base, until a stalemate is called. Bunch stands up, gets into a scramble then gets his escape with 1:28 left, making it 2-1. Bunch gets a front headlock position, until it goes to a stalemate. Fleger hits a low single on the ankle and comes out with a takedown for a 4-1 lead with less than 10 seconds left in the period.
4-1, Fleeger after one period

2nd period
Bunch takes bottom. He is quickly to his feet, but Fleeger takes him down and they go out of bounds. Another Bunch standup results in an escape, for a 4-2 score, with about 1:35 left. Fleeger gets to the ankle again, but Bunch kicks out. Time is taken for blood from Fleeger. The wrestlers spar for position but neither athlete gets a good shot and the period ends standing
4-2, Fleeger after two

3rd period
Fleeger takes bottom. Bunch goes into a spiral ride, and Fleeger works up to his feet, turning in for an escape with 1:20 left to lead 5-2. Bunch tries to spin and shoot, but Fleeger counters with 47 left and gets the takedown to lead 7-2. Fleeger rides high, and they go out of bounds. Bunch is warned for a false start on bottom. Once again, Bunch is cautioned and Fleeger gets a penalty point to make it 8-2. Fleeger rides it out. Riding time of 1:56 gives him his 9-2 final score.
Final score: 9-2, Fleeger

133 pounds
No. 6 Matt Valenti (Penn) dec. No. 2 Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State), 7-3

1st period
Morgan wins a hard-fought early scramble, dumping Valenti down near the edge of the mat off a single-leg shot to score the first takedown with 1:27 left. Morgan kicks Valenti out for an escape with 1:23 left to make it 2-1. Morgan is in on another single-leg shot, but Valenti fights him off with a whizzer late in the period. Morgan leads 2-1 after one period.

2nd period
Morgan chooses bottom position. Valenti is a leech on top, sticking tight to Morgan as he rides him for the entire two minutes. Morgan still leads 2-1 after two periods.

3rd period
Valenti chooses bottom position. Valenti escapes with 17 seconds left and then shoots in on a single to take Morgan down with 1:36 left. That gives Valenti a 4-2 edge, plus he has 1:43 in riding time. Morgan escapes to make it 4-3 with 18 seconds left. Valenti counters a desperation shot by Morgan and gains takedown in closing seconds to clinch the win. Valenti adds a riding-time point with a 3:02 advantage to prevail 7-3.

141 pounds
No. 1 Nate Gallick (Iowa State) dec. No. 4 Andy Simmons (Michigan State), 4-2

1st period
Gallick hits a low single and gets a takedown with 2:08 left in the period to lead 2-0. The position ends in stalemate. Athletes take a break for blood. Gallick rides hard from the side in a spiral ride and gets Simmons down to the mat, until Simmons takes them out of bounds. Again, a blood cleanup break. Gallick rides hard and gets Simmons down, but he gets to his feet and gets an escape with 0:48 left to make it 2-1. Another blood break occurs. The wrestlers tie up and change levels, but no good shots happen.
2-1 Gallick after one

2nd period
Gallick chooses down. On the whistle, Gallick sits out and gets a quick escape, to make it 3-1 in just a few seconds. Gallick continues to work for position from the feet, and neither athletes seems to get good control. The period ends with no takedowns
3-1 Gallick after two

3rd period
Simmons takes down. Gallick goes into a high spiral ride and knocks Simmons from his base. Simmons gets up, but Gallick takes him out of bounds. Simmons gets to his feet for an escape with 1:28 left. Gallick almost spins behind Simmons on a scramble, but nobody scores. Simmons shoots twice but Gallick counters well and time runs out. Gallick gets 1:52 of riding time to make it 4-2
Final score: Gallick, 4-2

141 pounds
No. 2 Teyon Ware (Oklahoma) dec. No. 3 Cory Cooperman (Lehigh), 2-1

1st period
Two-time national champion Ware fires in deep on a double-leg shot, but Cooperman counters effectively and avoids being taken down with 1:22 left. Cooperman barrels in on a single-leg shot with 27 seconds left, but Ware whizzers down hard and the period ends with no score.

2nd period
Ware chooses bottom position. The athletic Ware shakes free and turns to escape with 1:22 left to take a 1-0 lead. Cooperman is on the attack with a tentative Ware backing up to the edge of the mat with 15 seconds left. Period ends with Ware clinging to a 1-0 lead.

3rd period
Cooperman chooses bottom position. Cooperman tries frantically to escape and finally does in the closing seconds, but by that time Ware already had amassed up a 1:21 advantage to gain a riding-time point and pull out a 2-1 victory. Ware advances to his third championship match in his four-year career at Oklahoma.

149 pounds
No. 1 Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) dec. No. 4. Matt Storniola (Oklahoma), 5-1

1st period
The athletes jostle for position, mostly tying up on the head. Storniola shoots, but Schlatter counters and gets behind for a takedown on the edge with 1:05 left on the clock to lead 2-0. Schlatter follows a Storniola granby then rides with a tightwaist and arm until they go out of bounds. Schlatter does a tilt but the officials wave off any backpoints, and the period ends with Schlatter on top.

2nd period
Storniola takes bottom. Schlatter rides tough, mostly working spiral rides and tight waist control. Storniola gets out to his feet midway through the period with an escape after a scramble, to make it 2-1. The period ends with mostly head and collar and no serious takedown attempts.
2-1 Schlatter after two

3rd period
Schlatter takes neutral. The wrestlers continue to mostly tie on the head. Schlatter spins behind and gets the takedown with 35 seconds left for a 4-1 lead. Schlatter rides high and grabs a leg when Storniola gets up. Storniola attempts to work back behind for a reversal, but Schlatter keeps the leg until time runs out. Riding time for Schlatter makes it 5-1
Final score: 5-1 Schlatter

149 pounds
No. 2 Ty Eustice (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Zack Esposito (Oklahoma State), 7-4

1st period
Defending national champion Esposito comes out aggressively, shooting in four times in the first minute as Eustice neutralizes him by countering effectively. Eustice draws a warning for stalling with 1:37 left. Eustice comes back with some offense of his own, pressing Esposito with a couple shots with just under a minute left. Pace of the match slows down in the final 30 seconds and the period ends in a scoreless deadlock.

2nd period
Eustice chooses bottom position. Eustice breaks free for an escape near the edge to grab a 1-0 lead with 41 seconds left. Period ends with Eustice up 1-0, but Hendricks has a 1:15 edge in riding time.

3rd period
Esposito chooses bottom position. Espositio escapes in opening seconds of the period, but Eustice responds immediately by securing a takedown with 1:47 left to take a 3-1 lead. Esposito is out with 1:22 left to cut Eustice's lead to 3-2. Eustice spins behind Esposito on a sweet counter for a takedown to grab a 5-2 lead with 38 seconds left. Esposito escapes with 32 seconds left, but Eustice counters another Esposito shot for one final takedown with 17 seconds left. Eustice is up 7-3. Esposito escapes with 14 seconds left, but Eustice prevails 7-4 to reach his first national title match.

157 pounds
No. 5 Ben Cherrington (Boise State) dec. No. 9 Joe Johnston (Iowa), 8-3

1st period
The athletes start with head and collar ties, and much handfighting. Johnston gets a front headlock but Cherrington gets back to his feet and breaks out. Johnson gest a deep single and Cherrington counters on the scramble for a takedown with eight seconds left.
2-0 Cherrington after one.

2nd period
Johnston chooses neutral. Cherrington gets a high single leg for a takedown with 1:40 left and a 4-0 lead. Johnston gets an escape on the edge with 1:23 left for a 4-1 score. Neither wrestler gets a strong attempt from the feet the rest of the period until time runs out.
4-1, Cherrington after two

3rd period
Cherrington chooses bottom. Cherrington quickly gets out for a 5-1 lead on an escape. Johnston gets a high single lege for a takedown with 1:26 left, then cuts Cherrington loose immediately to make it 6-3. Johnson is in on another single leg but this time Cherrington hips out, and a scramble takes them out of bounds with no control. A Cherrnington takedown with 38 seconds left makes it 8-3. Johnson attempts to get up but Cherrington rides tough, and the match ends at 8-3 with no riding time.
Final score: Cherrington, 8-3

157 pounds
No. 10 Brian Stith (Arizona State) dec. No. 11 Derek Zinck (Lehigh), 5-3

1st period
Stith reaches down to execute a textbook ankle pick for the first takedown with 13 seconds left. Stith rides him out to lead 2-0.

2nd period
Zinck chooses bottom position. Zinck escapes nine seconds into the period to close within 2-1. Stith is warned for stalling with 41 seconds left as Zinck continually shoots in and stays on the offensive. Stith drops down on a superb single-leg shot and turns it into two points with just 11 seconds left for a 4-1 lead. Zinck spins out of Stith's grab to escape with two seconds left and draw within 4-2.

3rd period
Stith chooses bottom position. Zinck cuts him loose for an escape in the opening seconds of the period to give Stith a 5-2 lead. Stith is hit for stalling and Zinck gains a point with 38 seconds left to cut it to 5-3. Stith is still on the run as Zinck continues to give chase, but Zinck can draw no closer. Stith wins 5-3.

165 pounds
No. 1 Ryan Churella (Michigan) dec. unseeded Joey Bracamonte (Oregon), 4-3

1st period
After some tieups, the first real action ends with a scramble, which almost goes to Bracamonte, but Churella comes out on top and gets the takedown with about 2:08 left to lead 2-0. Churella gest Bracamonte flat and gets the leg in, and Bracamonte is warned for stalling from the bottom with 1:15 to go. Churella triest to get a guillotine, then switches to a high half, to no avail. A stalemate is called with 20 seconds left. A Bracamonte granby leads to a scramble but Churella is able to get back on top and time runs out.
2-0 Churella after one

2nd period
Churella takes bottom and gets to his feet for an escape and a 3-0 lead. The athletes work from the collar tie until Bracamonte gets in on a single leg shot, but can't finish. Bracamonte hits a double leg takedown on the edge with nine seconds left to make it 3-2. Churella can't get out and time runs out
3-2 Churella after two

3rd period
Bracamonte chooses neutral. Again, the wrestlers go to the head ties. No serious shots are taken during the middle of the period. Churella is warned for stalling with 20 seconds left, then continues to circle away. Bracamonte takes a shot, and during the action is hit for a stalling point to tie it at 3-3. However, the 1:52 of riding time accumulated by Churella makes it 4-3.
Final score: Churella 4-3

165 pounds
No. 2 Johny Hendricks (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 3 Muzaffar Abdurakmanov (American), 4-3

1st period
Abdurakmanov wins a scramble to gain a takedown with 22 seconds left, but Hendricks quickly responds with a reversal and briefly catches his foe on his back even though no near-fall points were awarded. First period ends 2-2.

2nd period
Hendricks chooses the bottom position. The American seniors cuts Hendricks loose to start the second period to give the OSU competitor a 3-2 edge. It stays that way after two periods as neither wrestler can seem to generate much offense.

3rd period
Abdurakmanov chooses the bottom position. He escapes right away to knot the score 3-3. Hendricks appeared to be called for fleeing the mat after a single-leg shot by Abdurakmanov with 30 seconds left. But Abdurakmanov somehow is called for stalling to give Hendricks a point and a 4-3 lead. Hendricks is warned for stalling with 15 seconds left. Hendricks hold him off to win 4-3.

174 pounds
No. 1 Ben Askren (Missouri) tech. fall over No. 5 Mike Patrovich (Hofstra), 21-6, 7:00

1st period
Askren shoots to a souble and gets behind for a td at 2:35 left. Patrovich quickly gets away for an escape for a 2-1 score. An Askren leg shot is stopped and the athletes go to a stalemate. An Askren double leg shot ends with a takedown with 1:38 left. Askren goes into a spiral ride, but Patrovich gets out again for a 4-2 score. Askren shoots again on a double drive it forward for a takedown with 55 seconds to go and a 6-2 lead. He locks up a cradle from the top, flattens Patrovich down, band pulls him over top of himself for three back points, with the period ending with Patrovich fighting off, and a 9-2 score.
9-2 Askren after one

2nd period
Askren takes neutral. Askren gets a single leg shot, lifts the leg high and ends up with a takedown with 1:30 to go and an 11-2 lead. Askren works for awhile on top then lets Patrovich go with 55 seconds left and an 11-3 score. Patrovich is warned for stalling. An Askren shot is bloicked, but the reshot ends in a single leg. Officials stop the hold because of the pressure on Patrovich's knee. There is no more scoring
11-3 Askren after two

3rd period
Patrovich chooses down. He quickly escapes to make it 11-4. A Patrovich shot is countered and Askren gets a takedown on a cradle, turns over Patrovich for three backpoint and a 16-4 lead. Patrovich gets up for an escape and a 16-5 score. Askren gets behind Patrovich for another takedown and an 18-5 lead. Askren lets Patrovich up for an escape to make it 18-6. Askren gets behind him, but Patrovich forces a scramble, which finally ends with an Askren takedown for a 20-6 lead. Time runs out, Askren gets a 2:43 in riding time, and wins 21-6.

174 pounds
No. 2 Jake Herbert (Northwestern) dec. No. 3 Mark Perry (Iowa), 9-3

1st period
The rematch of the Big Ten finals, won by Herbert, starts with a slow pace in the opening minute. The unbeaten Herbert comes out on top in a scramble to take Perry down with 1:58 left. Herbert uses his size advantage to punish Perry from the top position, finishing the first period with nearly two minutes of riding time as he leads 2-0.

2nd period
Herbert chooses bottom position. Herbert escapes right away and then shoots in to overpower Perry for a takedown on a strong leg attack with 1:09 remaining. Herbert leads 5-0. Perry escapes with four seconds left to make it 5-1.

3 rd period
Perry chooses bottom position. Perry escapes with 1:54 left to cut the margin to 5-2. Herbert shoots in on a double, Perry counters and a persistent Herbert sticks with the move to emerge on top again with a takedown. Perry escapes in the closing seconds to make it 8-3. Herbert adds three-plus minutes of riding time to win 9-3.

184 pounds
No. 5 Shane Webster (Oregon) dec. No. 1 Josh Glenn (American), 8-7

1st period
Glenn went down to his side and Webster took him down going out of bounds for a takedown with 2:38 left for a 2-0 lead. Glen coms out for an escape, gets the leg and takes down Webster with 2:18 left and a 3-2 lead. Webster gets a quick escape to make it 3-3. Webster attacks, but a Glenn whizzer ends in stalemate. Glenn shoots in and Webster sprawls deep and another stalemate is called. Webster hits a double leg with eight secons left and leads 5-3 when time runs out.
5-3 Webster after one.

2nd period
Glenn chooses bottom. Glenn quickly escapes for a 5-4 score. Glenn shoots and gets underneath Webster enough to finish for a takedown and a 6-5 lead. He gets into a crab ride until there is a stalemate. Webster hits a quick granby, and Glenn follows just enough to hold the leg, keeping control until they get out of bounds. Webster gets out again but Glenn keeps the ankle. A scramble ensues but Glenn keeps the leg hooked with his arm. Officials give Webster an escape, making it 6-6.
6-6 tie after two

3rd period
Webster chooses neutral. Glenn takes a low single shot, and the scramble continues until Webster holds the leg and Glenn is unable to finish with 56 seconds left and a stalemate. Webster gets behind Glenn for a takedown and an 8-6 lead with 45 seconds left. Glenn goes down and injury time is run almost all the way down. Webster tries to hold Glenn down and a scramble takes them out of bounds. Glenn escapes with 17 seconds left for an 8-7 lead. A final Glenn shot is stopped and Webster wins 8-7.
Final score: Webster, 8-7.

184 pounds
No. 2 Roger Kish (Minnesota) dec. No. 6 Pete Friedl (Illinois), 3-2

1st period
Kish shoots in on a double to put Friedl on his backside near the edge of the mat to take a 2-0 lead with 1:08 left. Friedl breaks free for an escape to draw within 2-1 after the first period.

2nd period
Friedl chooses bottom position. Friedl is out for an escape to tie it 2-2 with 1:17 left. Neither wrestler is able to generate much offense as the period ends 2-2.

3rd period
Kish chooses neutral since he holds a 1:18 edge in riding time. Kish is warned for stalling with 11 seconds left. Friedl chases Kish in the closing seconds, but Kish blocks him off and picks up a riding-time point to earn a gritty 3-2 victory.

197 pounds
No. 4 Jake Rosholt (Oklahoma State) pin unseeded Chris Weidman (Hofstra), 1:08

1st period
Weidman gets behind for a takedown for a 2-0 lead at 2:42 left. Rosholt escapes with 2:36 to go for a 2-1 score. Rosholt does a hip toss from an underhook and takes Weidman right to his back and adjusts for a pin with 1:52 left.

197 pounds
No. 6 Phil Davis (Penn State) dec. No. 7 Jerry Rinaldi (Cornell), 7-4

1st period
Rinaldi shoots in deep on a double, but the funky Davis reaches down and grabs his legs to gain a stalemate early in the period. Davis strikes back to catch Rinaldi off guard by driving in on the legs for a takedown with 1:34 left. Rinaldi spins free for an escape with 39 seconds left.

2nd period
Davis chooses bottom position. Davis backs into Rinaldi and then slips around him for a reversal with 1:39 left to go up 4-1. Davis also has clinched riding time with a 2:12 advantage.

3rd period
Rinaldi chooses neutral. Davis counters another shot for a takedown with 1:05 left to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Rinaldi breaks loose for an escape with 34 seconds left and shoots in on a double near the edge for a takedown to cut it to 6-4 with 28 seconds left in the match. Rinaldi tries to turn Davis, but Davis holds his position and wins 7-4 after picking up a riding-time point.

285 pounds
No. 1 Cole Konrad (Minnesota) dec. No. 4 Cain Velasquez (Arizona State), 2-2, 2nd t.b.

1st period
The first minute went by without any serious attempts. Konrad locked a cradle on the edge, but Velasquez countered well enough to take the action out of bounds with no points scored. Konrad grabbed a standing front headlock but the wrestlers went out of bounds. The period ended with no takedowns.
0-0 after one

2nd period
Velasquez chooses neutral. He wrestlers continue to handfight and push each other around, with no true shots attempts coming for most of the period.

3rd period
Konrad chooses neutral. Again, the wrestlers continued to move and work for position, but there are no good shots until Konrad gets a high single but can't finish as the time runs out.

Sudden death No. 1
Wrestlers on their feet again, and nobody is able to get a good attack.

Tiebreaker No. 1
Konrad is on bottom. He stands and gets and escape quickly for a 1-0 score. Velasquez gets on a leg attack and almost scores but time runs out.

Velasquez is on bottom. Konrad follows a granby, then gets behind. Velaswuqz escapes then shoots in on a double and almost scores but they go out of bounds. Period ends tied at 1-1.

Sudden death No. 2
Velasquez shoots, and Konrad gets a front headlock, ending in a stalemate. Korad locks upperbody, Velasquez shoots underneath and they go out of bounds. Kornad is warned for stalling with 11 seconds left. Velasquez gest a single leg, Konrad counters and time runs out.

Tiebreaker 2
Velasquez is down. Konrad holds him for awhile, then Velasquez gets and escape to make it 2-1. No takedown occurs.

Konrad is down. Konrad quickly stands up and gets the escape, for a 2-2 tie. Velasquez tries to shoot, as he is behind on the overtime riding time, and the period ends. Because of 21 seconds advantage time, Konrad wins.

285 pounds
No. 2 Steve Mocco (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 3 Greg Wagner (Michigan), 2-0

1st period
The two big boys are pummeling for position with very little action until two-time national champion Mocco just misses on a foot sweep with 1:41 left. The pace slows again before Mocco grabs a single in the closing seconds, but runs out of time and is unable to finish. The period ends 0-0.
2nd period
Mocco chooses bottom position. Mocco escapes 10 seconds into the period. Very little action for the final 1:50 and Mocco leads 1-0 after two periods.

3rd period
Wagner chooses bottom position. Mocco is looking to ride Wagner out to win the match, keeping him on the mat with an arm bar. Mocco cuts Wagner with two seconds left and Mocco wins 2-1 as he adds a riding-time point. Mocco makes his fourth trip to the finals.

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