U will have five All-Americans and UW four at NCAA ChampionshipsRegional Sports
-- The University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin will have nine All-American combined from the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. However, they will not have a champion between them.
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin will have nine All-American combined from the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships. However, they will not have a champion between them.
A bad semifinal round knocked out both schools wrestlers from the championship bracket including defending champ, Wisconsin's Andrew Howe, at 165 pounds. He lost to Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell by criteria in overtime.
Also losing semifinal matches for the Badgers were Tyler Graff at 133 by 5-2 score to Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver and River Falls' Trevor Brandvold, who lost to Okie State's Clayton Foster 1-0 at 197. It was one of many close losses UW has had in the tournament.
Minnesota's Zach Sanders clinched All-America honors for the third time in his career at 125 pounds on while Sonny Yohn at 197 and Mike Thorn at 141 each obtained their second-career All-America honor. Redshirt freshmen Kevin Steinhaus at 184 and Tony Nelson at heavyweight both captured the prestigious honor in their first appearance at the national championships.
Thorn lost in the semis to Cal Poly's Boris Novachkov 9-3.
UW's Travis Rutt will take on Steinhaus in the seventh place match today.
In the team scores, the Gophers are ninth with 49.5 points while UW is 10th with 44.5 points. Only 12 points separate 5th through 10th place. Meanwhile the top four seem set with Penn State well in front with 92.5 points followed by Cornell with 75 points, Iowa 74 and Oklahoma State 65.5 points