NCAA Wrestling Championships: Only three unbeatens remain going into final day

Viewed by many as the top wrestler regardless of weight class, Penn State 165-pounder David Taylor is one of three unbeatens into Saturday night’s finals. Taylor (35-0) notched falls in his first three matches.
by Michael Baldwin and Trent Shadid Published: March 21, 2014
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Viewed by many as the top wrestler regardless of weight class, Penn State 165-pound senior David Taylor (35-0) is one of three unbeatens heading into Saturday night’s finals. Taylor notched falls in his first three matches and remained unbeaten with a win over North Dakota State’s Steven Monk.


The other two unbeatens are Maryland senior Jimmy Sheptock (34-0), the top seed at 184 pounds; and 141-pound No. 4 seed, Virginia Tech junior Devin Carter (21-0).

“It’s special and cool to be undefeated, but it’s really about finishing it off with a national title,” Sheptock said.

NESS STUNS GREEN IN QUARTERFINALS

Minnesota’s Dylan Ness had never finished worse than fourth in two previous trips to the NCAA Wrestling Tournament. Yet, he entered this season’s tournament as the No. 9 seed at 157 pounds after finishing sixth at the Big Ten Tournament.

On Friday morning, Ness pulled off a stunning pin over No. 1 seed James Green of Nebraska in the quarterfinals. Ness’ third-straight pin of the tournament avenged a 7-3 loss to Green at the Big Ten Tournament.

While Ness stopped short of saying he felt disrespected by the seed, he did say he felt “a little bit” of vindication.

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by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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