Story courtesy of Central Michigan, Kent State and Ohio Sports Information Departments.
Omaha-Neb. -- Six MAC wrestlers have secured All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Quest Center in Omaha, Neb. Central Michigan's Steve Brown (157 pounds), Ben Bennett (174) and Jarod Trice (285), while Kent State's Dan Mitcheff (133) and Dustin Kilgore (185) and Ohio's Germane Lindsey all received the honor.
For the Chippewas, all three (Brown, Bennett and Trice) won consolation matches Friday night that secured them top-eight finishes in their respective weight classes. Each of the three is a first-time All-American and will wrestle for his place-finish Saturday morning. ESPNU will provide live coverage of Saturday morning's session beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time.
Central Michigan will boast multiple All-Americans for the seventh straight season and the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. Through four sessions of competition, CMU is in 11th place in the team standings with 39.5 points.
Brown, seeded 12th at 157 pounds, secured his place on the medal stand with a 5-2 victory over No. 3 Jesse Dong (Virginia Tech). Brown scored a key takedown on the edge in the first period to take a 2-0 lead and build riding time. That lead held until the third period, when Dong escaped to draw within 2-1. Brown scored a second takedown with 40 seconds left, and Dong was only able to muster an escape in the closing seconds of the third period.
Brown lost a 12-4 major decision to No. 2 Adam Hall (Boise State) later in the session. Brown will face Justin Gaethje (Northern Colorado) in the seventh-place match Saturday morning.
Bennett's All-America match with Oregon State's Colby Covington was delayed 10 minutes by a protest of the previous match on the mat. Bennett, the No. 7 seed, wasted no time once the whistle blew, however, scoring a fall in just 44 seconds.
After a scramble, Bennett and Covington, the No. 8 seed, became tied up on the mat. Bennett gained leverage and sat back into Covington, putting Covington's shoulders to the mat and securing the fall.
Bennett becomes just the fourth freshman in CMU history to earn All-America honors, joining Wynn Michalak (2005), Mike Miller (2007) and Scotti Sentes (2009).
Bennett scored a second pin later in the session, sticking Norther Iowa's Jarion Beets in just 1:23. Bennett held built a 7-0 lead with five back points prior to the fall.
Bennett will wrestle No. 3 Chris Henrich (Virginia) Saturday morning, with the winner advancing to the third-place match. The loser will wrestle for fifth place later Saturday morning.
Trice locked up All-America honors in dramatic fashion, claiming a 6-5 tiebreaker victory over Minnesota's Ben Berhow. Trice led 3-1 entering the third period, but he was called for locked hands and surrendered an escape that drew Berhow even. Berhow scored a takedown with just 10 seconds remaining, but Trice immediately escaped on the edge and used riding time to force sudden victory.
The score remained locked at 5-5 through the sudden victory period. Trice began the tiebreaker in the bottom position and escaped, then rode out Berhow in the second 30-second period to secure the 6-5 decision.
Later in the session, Trice dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 11 Mitchell Monteiro (Cal State Bakersfield). A third-period escape was enough for Monteiro to earn the victory.
Trice will wrestle for seventh place against No. 5 Daniel Erekson (Iowa) Saturday morning.
The Golden Flashes have now produced four different All-Americans (Kilgore, Mitcheff, Nic Bedelyon, Jermail Porter) in two seasons. Mitcheff is still in the running for third place and can finish no lower than sixth, while Kilgore will compete in the seventh place match Saturday.
Mitcheff was upended by defending national champion Franklin Gomez (Michigan State) 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Scoreless after one period, Mitcheff got caught in a second period cradle and trailed 3-0 after two. Gomez then escaped early in the third before Mitcheff scored the only takedown of the match.
In a season rubber match with Drexel's Steve Mytych, Mitcheff guaranteed his All-American status with a 3-1 victory. Mitcheff got in deep on a shot in the first period and twice more in the second but could not finish the takedown and trailed 1-0 heading into the third. One minute into the third Mitcheff earned an escape and would not be denied on his final shot, coming around back on an outside single leg.
Mitcheff then advanced to Saturday's consolation semifinals with a 6-2 decision over Maryland's Steve Bell, who edged him 3-2 at last season's NCAA Championships. Remaining dominant on his feet, throughout the tournament, Mitcheff scored takedowns in the first and second periods on his own shots. He also earned a riding time point. Mitcheff has not been taken down in any of his five tournament bouts.
Kilgore's second loss of the season came at the hands of two-time All-American and No. 6 seed Max Askren (Missouri), who claimed an 8-5 decision in the quarterfinals. An opening period single leg takedown gave Kilgore a brief lead, but a failed cradle attempt resulted in a reversal for Askren. Kilgore escaped in the final seconds of the first and surrendered an escape to start the second. Askren then scored a pivotal takedown and rode out Kilgore to end the second. Kilgore tied the match 5-5 in the third with a reversal, but another cradle attempt created a reversal opportunity for Askren, who also earned a riding time point.
Nebraska's Josh Ihnen was the last obstacle in Kilgore's way for All-American status. Kilgore surrendered the opening takedown, but went on to score three takedowns of his own in a 9-6 victory. He also built up crucial riding time by the midway point of the second period, which forced Ihnen to give up an escape to start the third.
No. 2 seeded John Dergo of Illinois then nipped Kilgore 11-9. Kilgore held an early 4-1 lead with a pair of takedowns, but Dergo bounced back with the next four take a 5-4 advantage.
Ohio wrestling finished the 2010 NCAA Championships and finished tied for 35th place as a team. The Bobcat wrestlers finished with a record of 9-11 in their 20 total bouts throughout the three days of competition. Germane Lindsey headlined the impressive Ohio performances, finishing sixth place overall at 141 pounds to earn the Green and White's 24th All-American honors in program history.
Lindsey wrestled in two bouts on Saturday morning to wrap up his and Ohio's portion of the tournament. Lindsey ran into the eventual third-place finisher, No. 4 Reece Humphrey of Ohio State in the first of the day's bouts. Humphrey jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead at the end of the first period but Lindsey was able to answer back and earn a few points of his own in the second. Holding a 6-3 lead at the beginning of the third and final period, Humphrey went on a tear, scoring nine points en route to taking a 15-4 major decision.
In his second and final bout of the day, Lindsey lost a 3-2 decision to No. 10 Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh. Nauman took a 3-1 lead into the third period, a frame in which Lindsey scored an escape to narrow the gap to 3-2. The 141-pounder from Pittsburgh was able to hold him off the rest of the way, however, to take the bout and fifth place.