Monday, March 24, 2008

Wraslin' Round-Up

The Grappling Huskies made a great showing at the the NCAA Championships which took place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis Thursday & Friday. Pat Castillo, Duke Burk, and Pat McLemore made this university proud on a national scale. I really need to learn more about college wrestling, so I can increase the coverage for next year.

The most amazing thing about both Castillo and Burk in these championships, is that they were 1 point each shy of All-American Status!!! While Castillo was a 5th year senior, both Burk and McLemore were underclassmen. This is tremendous experience for the future of both wrestlers. Congrats to Pat Castillo for finishing a great career with exactly 100 wins!

Day 1 Results:

Preliminary Round
133: Castillo (NIU) dec. Novachkov (Cal Poly) 9-2

Round One
133: Castillo (NIU) maj. dec. Smith (Liberty) 12-4
141: Morgan (OSU) tech. fall McLemore (NIU) 15-0 (5:04)
174: Burk (NIU) dec. #12 Hayes (NU) 7-3

Round Two (Championship Bracket)
133: #7 Grey (Cornell) dec. #10 Castillo (NIU) 4-1
174: #4 Sinnott (CMU) dec. Burk (NIU) 4-3 (2OT)

Round Two (Consolation Bracket)
141: McLemore (NIU) dec. Ettelson (UNI) 3-1

Day 2 results:

Round Three (Consolation Bracket)
133: #10 Castillo (NIU) dec. Ciasulli (Lehigh) 9-6
141: McLemore (NIU) fall Jones (Boise State) 1:10
174: Burk (NIU) maj. dec. Kelly (Liberty) 11-0

Round Four (Consolation Bracket)
133: #10 Castillo (NIU) dec. Bell (Maryland) 7-4
141: Headlee (Pittsburgh) dec. McLemore (NIU) 2-1
174: Burk (NIU) dec. Dergo (Illinois) 3-1 (OT)

Round Five (Consolation Bracket)
133: #8 Reiter (Minnesota) dec. #10 Castillo (NIU) 6-5
174: #7 Stolpinski (Navy) dec. Burk (NIU) 4-3

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