March 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS - Michigan State senior 174-pounder Curran Jacobs lost a tough 3-1 overtime decision Friday night to ninth-seeded Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the consolation bracket at the NCAA Wrestling Championships held at the Scottrade Center.
Jacobs, the last remaining Spartan in the tournament, finishes his senior season with a 27-13 record and just one win shy of earning All-America honors. Jacobs went 3-2 at the NCAA Championships in his second career appearance at nationals after going 1-1 on Thursday and 2-0 earlier today in the consolation bracket.
The tight match between Jacobs and Heflin didn't feature any scoring in the first period. Heflin notched an escape early in the second, but Jacobs matched it with an escape of his own 33 seconds into the third. Although Heflin was called for stalling with 16 seconds left in the final period, the match went into overtime, where Heflin secured the win with a takedown just 12 seconds into the extra session.
Michigan State qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships. Dan Osterman (149 pounds) and David Cheza (165) were eliminated Thursday, while Anthony Jones Jr. (157), Ian Hinton (184) and Steve Andrus (heavyweight) each lost in the consolation bracket in the first session on Friday.