Takedowns and breakdowns from Saturday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships
Best individual performance
James English, Penn State. English wasn’t even a starter for the Nittany Lions less than a month ago. But he qualified for the tournament and made a remarkable run to become and All-American at 149 pounds, defeating former OU national champion Kendric Maple for seventh place. English’s unexpected points were the key to Penn State edging Minnesota for the team title.
J’Den Cox, Missouri, over Nick Heflin, Ohio State, in the championship finals at 197 pounds. Cox took a 2-1 lead after Heflin was called for stalling with 30 seconds remaining. Heflin locked up Cox 25 seconds later and went for a throw that eventually would’ve had produced a takedown, but time expired just before Cox hit the mat. The call was reviewed and upheld.
Nick Gwiazdowski, North Carolina State, over Tony Nelson, Minnesota, in the championship finals at 285 pounds. Nelson was a two-time national champion looking to finish his senior year strong, but Gwiazdowski ruined that with a third-period takedown to win 4-2.
North Carolina. Evan Henderson was the only Tar Heel to take the mat, placing fourth at 141 pounds, but he was rocking a Carolina blue singlet with interlocking “NC” logo on the back and “Carolina” printed down the side. The school’s famous light blue is every bit as good of a look on the mat as it is on the hardwood.
Illinois’ Jesse Delgado on being criticized for his style moments after winning the title at 125 pounds: “Maybe people don’t like the way I wrestle. Well, they don’t have to watch me then.”