Wrestling Wraps Up Season at NCAAs

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Micah Burak ran into a buzzsaw known as Dustin Kilgore in the quarterfinals of the 197-pound weight class at the 2013 NCAA Championships, dropping out of the championship bracket after a 7-0 decision. A session later, he was edged on a late takedown by #6 Kyven Gadson to finish one win shy of a second All-American honor.

Kilgore – the 2011 NCAA champion at 197 who has not lost since Burak defeated him on Dec. 30, 2010 (a span of 814 days) – showed why he is the No. 1 seed with an explosive five-point move to start the match. After the takedown and backpoints, Burak was unable to escape and took a 5-0 deficit to the second period. Burak was able to ride for the first 30 seconds of the period before Kilgore could escape. From there, Burak attempted to work from neutral, looking to counter Kilgore’s offense and get back in the match. However, a miracle comeback like the one Burak put together Thursday – when he came back from 6-1 down entering the third period – was not in the cards and Burak went down to the Round of 12 for the third consecutive year.

Against Gadson – who had defeated Burak earlier this season, 3-1 in sudden victory – Burak had the early lead after a takedown at the 2:05 mark on a low sweep single. Gadson was able to escape 29 seconds after the takedown, closing the gap. In the second period, Burak escape quickly to take a 3-1 lead. Gadson made it a one-point match with his escape to start the third, scoring the winning takedown with under ten seconds to go. Burak was unable to escape, missing out on becoming Penn’s ninth two-time All-American.

Penn’s two wrestlers who started the day in the consolation bracket picked up wins to begin the morning. However, both were knocked off in their second bout to be eliminated from the tournament.

No. 10 C.J. Cobb defeated McCade Ford of Wyoming, 6-1, to start the day, accumulating over 3:00 of riding time in the process. His final match of the tournament saw his offense work against him as the three scramble situations of the bout went the way of Joey Lazor of Northern Iowa. All of the counters led to takedowns and backpoints, and an eventual 15-2 loss for Cobb.

Ian Korb worked a manic comeback to begin his day, erasing a 5-2 deficit entering the third period against Eastern Michigan’s Philip Joseph for a 7-6 win. Korb escaped midway through the period, and then took Joseph down twice in the final 45 seconds for the win. In his second match, Korb was unable to get his offense going, surrendering three takedowns to Northern Illinois’ Matt Mougin in an 8-3 loss.

Burak will take the mat this evening looking for a spot on the podium. Session IV starts at 6 p.m. CST.

125: Mark Rappo

Pigtail Round: def. Max Soria (Buffalo), 13-4
First Round: lost to Sean Boyle (Michigan), 8-3
Consolation First Round: lost to David Thorn (Minnesota), FALL 1:19

141: #10 C.J. Cobb

First Round: Def. Ridge Kiley (Nebraska), 2-0
Second Round: lost to #7 Mark Ballweg (Iowa), 3-2
Consolation Second Round: def. McCade Ford (Wyoming), 6-1
Consolation Third Round: lost to Joey Lazor (Northern Iowa), 15-2

174: Ian Korb

First Round: lost to #4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), FALL 4:08
Consolation First Round: def. Chad Welch (Purdue), 12-4
Consolation Second Round: def. Philip Joseph (Eastern Michigan), 7-6
Consolation Third Round: lost to Matt Mougin (Northern Iowa), 8-3

184: Canaan Bethea

First Round: lost to Kevin Radford (Arizona State), 4-3
Consolation First Round: lost to Fred Garcia (Lock Haven), 5-4

197: #8 Micah Burak

First Round: def. Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State), 8-7
Second Round: def. #9 Jake Meredith (Arizona State), 3-2 (TB 2)
Quarterfinals: lost to #1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State), 7-0
Round of 12: lost to #6 Kyven Gadson (Iowa State), 4-3

285: Steven Graziano

First Round: lost to #2 Tony Nelson (Minnesota), 4-0
Consolation First Round: lost to Evan Knutson (North Dakota St.), 4-1

Download: Final_Brackets.pdf