Thomas Takes Sixth at NCAA Wrestling Championships

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Lorenzo Thomas completed his All-American performance at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships with a sixth place finish at 184 pounds, in the process becoming Penn’s 27th All-American and first at 184 pounds.

Thomas finished his tournament with a 5-3 record, the most wins by a Penn wrestler at a single NCAA Championships since Micah Burak won five en route to a seventh-place finish in 2012. Five wins at one national tournament is tied for third among any Penn wrestler, one behind Matt Valenti and Matt Herrington who each won six en route to fifth place finishes in 2002 and 2004, respectively. In the history of Penn Wrestling, Thomas is just the eighth to win five or more matches at a single tournament. The eight matches contested by Thomas are tied with Herrington and Valenti for most at a single NCAA Championships by a Penn wrestler.

In the consolation semifinals, Thomas met Cornell’s No. 3 seeded Gabe Dean. Thomas was unable to finish on a scramble in the first minute of the opening period, and it was Dean who scored to take the lead. In the second period, Thomas looked to lock up a spladle and secure backpoints to take the lead, but he got too aggressive and was reversed by Dean, eventually conceding backpoints to trail, 7-1, after two. In the third, Dean would lock in a cradle in the final moments of the match, and Thomas would lose by fall at 6:48.

Thomas ran into a highly-motivated No. 7 seed Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota in the fifth-place match, Steinhaus carrying team title implications into the match. Steinhaus pounced early with a duck under and trip for a five-point move and Thomas was never able to recover. Despite some scrambling efforts, Thomas could never mount a rally and Steinhaus won, 18-2.

In addition to securing Penn’s first NCAA All-American finish at 184 pounds, Thomas locked up the highest podium finish by a Quaker under head coach Rob Eiter and Penn’s highest finisher overall since 2007. Thomas is Penn’s third sixth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships and first since Rick Springman took sixth in 2002 at 174 pounds.

As a team, Penn finished 36th overall out of 72 teams competing at the NCAA Championships with 10 points. The Quakers were second among the six Ivy teams and fourth of the 17 EIWA teams with wrestlers entered in the NCAA Championships.

184 - #11 Lorenzo Thomas (All-American)
First Round: def. Austin Moorehead (Oregon State), 12-4
Second Round: lost to #6 Jacob Swartz (Boise St.), 2-0
Consolation Second Round: def. #5 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa), 6-0
Consolation Third Round: def. #14 John Rizzqallah (Michigan State), 4-3
Round of 12: def. Blake Stauffer (Arizona State), 7-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: def. #12 Ophir Bernstein (Brown), 8-5
Consolation Semifinals: lost to #3 Gabe Dean (Cornell), FALL 6:42
Fifth Place Match: lost to #7 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota), 18-2

125 – Caleb Richardson
First Round: lost to #9 Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 9-6
Consolation First Round: lost to Kory Mines (Edinboro), 6-3

165 – Casey Kent
First Round: lost to #4 Steven Monk (North Dakota St.), 7-4
Consolation First Round: lost to John Staudenmayer (North Carolina), 2-1

174 – Brad Wukie
First Round: lost to #7 Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh), 4-2
Consolation First Round: lost to Joe Latham (Oregon State), 13-11

Download: Session 5 Bracket_Scores.pdf