Michalak Finishes Runner-Up at NCAA Championships

Updated 3/24/2008

ST. LOUIS ? Central Michigan University senior 197-pounder Wynn Michalak has finished runner-up at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Michalak, the No. 4 seed at 197 pounds, was defeated by No. 2 seed Phil Davis (Penn State), 7-2, in the national championship match Saturday night.

Davis (26-1 overall) took a 2-0 lead with a takedown midway through the first period. Michalak escaped later in the period, then evened the score at 2-2 with an escape after starting in the bottom position in the second period.

A takedown later in the second period gave Davis a 4-2 lead entering the third period. He scored an escape, was awarded a point when Michalak was called for stalling and added the riding time point for the 7-2 decision.

Michalak closes his senior season 30-2 overall. He is one of four Chippewas to earn All-America honors in 2008, joining Brandon Sinnott (fifth, 174 pounds), Christian Sinnott (fourth, 184 pounds) and Bubba Gritter (seventh, heavyweight).

The Chippewas finished tied for seventh in the team standings with 69 points. The 69 points are the most CMU has ever scored at the national tournament. The Chippewas last finished in the top 10 in 1999, when they were seventh with 67.5 points.

COMPLETE CENTRAL MICHIGAN RESULTS

Luke Smith ? 125 pounds

Pigtail First Round: W, dec. Ross Gitomer (Virginia), 2-1 First Round: W, dec. Tyler Clark (Iowa State), 4-3 TB1 Second Round: L, maj. dec. No. 2 Jayson Ness (Minnesota), 9-0 Consolation Second Round: W, dec. No. 12 Tyler Shinn (Oklahoma State), 5-3 Consolation Third Round: L, maj. dec. No. 7 Michael Sees (Bloomsburg), 13-4

Conor Beebe ? 133 pounds

First Round: W, dec. No. 9 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin), 7-6 Second Round: L, maj. dec. No. 8 Mack Reiter (Minnesota), 15-6 Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Jeff Hedges (UNC Greensboro), 7-3 Consolation Third Round: L, dec. Reece Humphrey (Ohio State), 6-3

Brandon Carter ? 149 pounds

First Round: W, dec. No. 10 Scott Ervin (Appalachian State), 5-3 Second Round: L, pin No. 7 Darrion Caldwell (North Carolina State), 0:42 Consolation Second Round: W, dec. Cesar Grajales (Penn), 4-0 Consolation Third Round: W, pin Joshua Wagner (Missouri), 3:41 Consolation Fourth Round: L, maj. dec. No. 9 Lance Palmer (Ohio State), 11-3

Steve Brown ? 157 pounds

First Round: W, dec. Christian Snook (Army), 5-3 Second Round: L, dec. No. 3 Dan Vallimont (Penn State), 10-7 Consolation Second Round: L, dec. Zac Fryling (West Virginia), 9-4

No. 9 Trevor Stewart ? 165 pounds

First Round: W, dec. Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois), 4-2 Second Round: L, pin No. 8 Moza Fay (Northern Iowa), 5:53 Consolation Second Round: W, dec. No. 7 Jacob Dieffenbach (Oklahoma State), 4-2 SV1 Consolation Third Round: W, dec. Chad Porter (Liberty), 4-1 Consolation Fourth Round: L, dec. No. 6 Jonathan Reader (Iowa State), 5-1

No. 5 Brandon Sinnott ? 174 pounds ? Fifth place First Round: W, dec. Tyler Bernacchi (UC Davis), 5-1 Second Round: W, Duke Burk (Northern Illinois) RT: 3-3 TB2

Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 4 Jay Borschel (Iowa), 7-2 Consolation Fourth Round: W, dec. Alex Dolly (Northern Iowa), 7-3 Consolation Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 6 Alton Lucas, 3-1 SV1 Consolation Semifinals: L, dec. No. 3 Brandon Browne (Nebraska), 4-1 Fifth Place: W, dec. No. 11 Steve Anceravage (Cornell), 3-2

No. 4 Christian Sinnott ? 184 pounds ? Fourth place First Round: W, dec. Scott Ferguson (Army), 3-2 Second Round: W, dec. Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin), 6-3

Quarterfinals: W, dec. Doug Umbehauer (Rider), 3-2

Semifinals: L, dec. No. 1 Jake Varner (Iowa State), 4-2 Consolation Semifinals: W, dec. No. 7 Phil Keddy (Iowa), 7-4 Third Place: L, dec. No. 3 Tyrel Todd (Michigan), 3-2

No. 4 Wynn Michalak ? 197 pounds ? National runner-up First Round: W, maj. dec. John Drake (Cal State Fullerton), 12-2 Second Round: W, pin Cayle Byers (George Mason), 2:30

Quarterfinals: W, dec. No. 5 Max Askren (Missouri), 5-4

Semifinals: W, dec. No. 1 Josh Glenn (American), 7-5

Finals: L, dec. No. 2 Phil Davis (Penn State), 7-2

No. 8 Bubba Gritter ? 285 pounds ? Seventh place Pigtail First Round: W, dec. Justin Dobies (North Carolina), 5-1 First Round: W, pin Nathan Thobaben (Army) at 4:18 Second Round: W, dec. No. 9 Jermail Porter (Kent State), 3-0

Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 1 Dustin Fox (Northwestern), 2-1 Consolation Fourth Round: W, maj. dec. John Wise (Illinois), 11-2 Consolation Quarterfinals: L, dec. No. 4 Matt Fields (Iowa), 3-1 SV1 Seventh Place: W, inj. def. No. 6 Kyle Massey (Wisconsin)