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NCAA Wrestling Championships: Takedowns and breakdowns from Day 2

by Trent Shadid Published: March 21, 2014

Takedowns and breakdowns from Friday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships:

•Best individual second-day performance: Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern. The 149-pounder came out as the No. 5 seed to advance to the finals with overtime wins over Oklahoma’s national champion Kendric Maple and Missouri’s No. 1 seed Drake Houdashelt.

•Best finish: No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) 6-4 over No. 3 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) in the overtime tie-breaker at 174 pounds. Kokesh was seconds away from advancing to the semifinals in tie-breaker two, but Storley scored a takedown with one second remaining.

•Biggest upset: No. 9 Evan Henderson (North Carolina) 5-3 over No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) in the 141-pound quarterfinals. Port was 28-0 entering the match.

•Best singlet: Edinboro. The Fighting Scots were sporting the best singlet in wrestling on Friday. Mostly white with a plaid kilt look down the side and “BORO” down the back.

•Best fans: Iowa. The Hawkeye faithful were early arriving and vocal all day, even up into Loud City (upper deck) at the ‘Peake. They also had “Fear the Stache” shirts in support of 174-pound All-American Mike Evans, who might very well have the best mustache in wrestling history.

•Best quote: Iowa’s Tony Ramos. After defeating Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp in the semifinals: “I was strong. I finished on top with him on his back. That's a dominating finish.”

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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