CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS

125-Angel Escobedo (Indiana) dec. Jayson Ness (Minnesota), 10-3.

3-Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State) pinned Joey Slaton (Iowa), 0:49.

1-J Jaggers (Ohio State) dec. Chad Mendes (Cal Poly), 5-2.

9-Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec. Bubba Jenkins (Penn State), 14-8.

7-Jordan Leen (Cornell) dec. Michael Poeta (Ilinois), 5-4.

5-Mark Perry (Iowa) dec. Eric Tannebaum (Michigan), 5-2.

4-Keith Gavin (Pittsburgh) dec. Steve Luke (Michigan), 4-2.

4-Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) dec. Jake Varner (Iowa State), 3-3, tb2.

7-Phil Davis (Penn State) dec. Wynn Michalak (CMichigan), 7-2. 

5-Dustin Fox (Northwestern) dec. JD Bergman (Ohio State), 4-2, SV.

OSW Award- Brent Metcalf (Iowa-149)
Gorrarian Award- (Most Falls)- Lou Ruggirello (3 in 4:54 - Hofstra-133)

Mat Notes:
   New York State finished with four All-Americans; JP O'Connor (6th at 149), Gregor Gillespie (5th at 157), Alton Lucas (8th at 174) and Josh Glenn (5th) at 197 pounds. Gillespie and Glenn were defending NCAA champions. Five of the 2008 NCAA champions are underclassmen; Escobedo, Jaggers, Metcalf, Leen and Pucillo. Other NCAA titlists eligible for next year are Donahue, Gillespie and 2006 champ, Dustin Schlatter. Both Lou Ruggirello (38-7, 69-16), at 133 and Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (19-13) at 157, are sophomores and were one match from All-American status, both finished as Honorable Mention. Ruggirello recorded three falls in the competition and earned the Manny Gorrarian Award for Most Falls in the Least Time.

   The first bout of the tournament saw Anthony Robles (Arizona State) defeat Columbia's Brandon Kinney, 12-5, and then drop a close, 4-2 decision, to Angel Escobedo at 125 pounds. Robles has the distinction of competing with one leg, which he was born with, but interesting to note, that back in 1966, Dock Kelly (UNC) competed at 126 pounds, also with one leg. Robles, a freshman and  two-time Arizona state champion, missed All-American status by one match, he received a touching standing ovation from the crowd after his consolation bout. Ohio had the most All-Americans with 9, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan with 8, along with New Jersey and Iowa with 7 apiece. Second-year Ohio State coach Tommy Ryan (formerly from Wantagh HS, LI, NY) and Hofstra, has done a remarkable job with the program, tenth last year and now a runner-up finish. Watch for the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes to battle for the top spot in the nation next season.

   The combined record of the ten Division I champions was an unbelievable mark of 296 victories and 19 losses, two champions remianed unbeaten, the aforementioned Gavin and Pucillo. Metcalf's lone loss this season was to NCarolina State's Darrion Caldwell. There were 333 wrestlers entered in the tournament and 640 bouts in the three-day event. Special thanks to NCAA media coordinator Laurie Cannon, for her outstanding work with the NCAA updates and working so well with everyone. The three day attendance at the Scottrade Center was 94,190 fans, the record was set in 2000 in St.Louis with 96,944 spectators. The 2009 Championships are back at the Scottrade Center on March 19th-21st, then move to Omaha, Nebraska in 2010, and Philadelphia, PA in 2011.

Team Score
1. Iowa (117.5)
2. Ohio State (79)
3. Penn State (75)
4. Nebraska (74)
5. Iowa State (72)
5 .Oklahoma State (72)
7. Michigan (69)
7. Central Michigan (69)
9. Cornell (67)
10. Minnesota (61.5)
15. Hofstra (38)
By Jim & Tony Nordland
Iowa won the 78th annual NCAA Wrestling Championships before 16,154 fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Hawkeyes tallied 117.5 points and crowned two champions en route to their 21st NCAA mat title. They were led by defending NCAA champion and four-time All-American Mark Perry (25-3) at 165, and top-seeded Brent Metcalf (39-1) at 149 pounds. Metcalf, a sophomore transfer from Virginia Tech,  used a barrage of single and double leg takedowns, along with his relentless style and defeated Bubba Jenkins (Penn State), 14-8, he was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Rounding out the top teams were; Ohio State (79), Penn State (75), Nebraska (74) and a tie for fifth place between Iowa State, and Oklahoma State with 72 points. Cornell finished in ninth place with 67 points and crowned one champion, junior Jordan Leen (27-3) at 157 pounds. Hofstra settled in 15th place with 38 points and had two All-Americans, including two-time place-winner Charles Griffin (36-5, 126-25 career) at 141, and junior Alton Lucas (29-7) at 174 pounds.

     Indiana sophomore Angel Escobedo (34-1) overcame a shoulder injury and claimed the 125-pound title. Oklahoma State's four-time All-American Coleman Scott (33-4) converted a single leg takedown into a tight inside overhead cradle and clamped Iowa's Joey Slaton in 49 seconds. Ohio State crowned two champions, J Jaggers (26-5) who suffered a severe ankle injury and held on to defeat previously unbeaten Chad Mendes (Cal Poly), 5-2, at 141, and a battle of unbeaten sophomores at 184 pounds, saw Mike Pucillo (30-0), edge Iowa State's Jake Varner, 3-3, tiebreaker, as he had a six  second riding time advantage in the overtime period.

     Other champions included senior Keith Gavin (27-0) of Pittsburgh at 174, four-time NCAA medalist Phil Davis (26-1) of Penn State and Northwestern senior Dustin Fox (29-1), who used a single leg trip takedown to defeat JD Bergman (Ohio State), 4-2 sudden victory and captured the 285-pound NCAA title.

   Defending NCAA titlists, Paul Donahue (22-4) of Nebraska at 125,  Gregor Gillespie (33-3) of Edinboro at 157, and Josh Glenn (19-2) of American at 197, were defeated and  finished as All-Americans. Donahue earned the bronze medal and both Gillespie and Glenn finished in fifth place. Harvard sophomore J.P O'Connor (24-3) defeated former 2006 NCAA champ Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) with a close 3-2 tiebreaker decision at 149 pounds, he became a two-time All-American and medically defaulted to sixth place. 
Hofstra's Charles Griffin works to hold down Oklahoma State's Nathan Morgan at 141 pounds. Griffin won the match 5-2 for third place and earned All-American honors for the second year in a row.
                                      NCAA CONSOLATIONS


Donahue(Nebraska) d. McKnight(PennSt) 6-3
133-Gomez(MichSt) d. Kennedy(Illinois) 7-2
141-Griffin(Hofstra) d. Morgan(OklaSt) 5-2
149-Burroughs(Neb) d. Churella(Michigan) 4-2
157-Vallimont(PennSt) d. Becker(Indiana) 5-4
165-Marable(Missouri) d. Lewnes(Cornell) 3-2
174-Borschel(Iowa) d. Browne(Nebraska) 6-4
184-Todd(Michigan) d. C.Sinnott(CMichigan) 3-2
197-Taylor(Maryland) d. Brester(Nebraska) 7-5
285-Prendergast(Navy) d. Rosholt(OklaSt) 4-1


Gardner(Stanford) d. Falck(Iowa) 8-2
133-Reiter(Minnesota) d. Grey(Cornell) 10-7
141-Gallick(IowaSt) d. Kyler(Army) 8-3
149-Caldwell(NCarSt) d. O'Connor(Harvard) med.forfeit
157-Gillespie(Edinboro) d. Zupancic(Stanford) 5-0
165-Fay(NIowa) d. Cannon(American) 13-6
174-B.Sinnott(CMichigan) d. Anceravage(Cornell) 3-2
184-Jordan(Missouri) d. Keddy(Iowa) 6-4
197-Glenn(American) d. Herbst(Wisconsin) 11-6
285-Fields(Iowa) d. Zabriskie(IowaSt) 4-2 sv


Precin(Northwestern) d. Nicholson(OldDom) 5-2
133-Fanthorpe(IowaSt) d. Baker(Navy) 7-6
141-Rivera(Minn) pinned Cleveland(Chattanooga) 3:46
149-D.Schlatter(Minn) d. Palmer(OhioSt) 3-2
157-Sanderson(IowaSt) d. Moley(Bloomsburg) 7-5
165-Reader(IowaSt) d. Dwyer(Nebraska) 10-7
174-Stolpinski(Navy) pinned Lucas(Hofstra) 4:09
184-Jensen(OklaSt) d. Smith(BoiseSt) 3-2
197-Askren(Missouri) d. Bertolino(IowaSt) 11-9
285-Gritter(CMichigan) d. Massey(Wisconsin) injury def.
Hofstra's NCAA Award winners: Lou Ruggirello (Most Pins), Charles Griffin (3rd Place), Alton Lucas (8th Place). Photo by Jim Sheehan.
Photo by Jim Sheehan.