March 21, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Seventh-seeded senior heavyweight Mike McClure lost a 4-1 decision to second-seeded Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday afternoon at the Chesapeake Energy Center. McClure will wrestle Ohio State's Nick Tavanello in the consolation fourth round in session four of the NCAA Championships later tonight.
After a scoreless first period, Gwiazdowski (41-2) broke the tie with an escape 50 seconds into the second period, but McClure (29-8) tied it at 1 with a quick escape of his own in the third. With time winding down in the match, McClure was hit with his second stalling call with 15 seconds left, and gave up a takedown five seconds later in the 4-1 defeat.
McClure will seal All-America honors with a victory over Tavenello.
Junior 184-pounder John Rizqallah defeated Clint Morrison of Rider in his first match of the day, 9-2, but fell in the consolation third round to No. 11 seed Lawrence Thomas of Penn, 4-3. Rizqallah finishes the season with a 22-12 record.
Rizqallah was in complete control in the 9-2 decision over Morrison. The Allegan, Mich., native started things off with a takedown less than a minute into the match and added three near-fall points to go up 5-0 heading into the second. He added to his lead with an early escape, and although he gave up a takedown, he closed the middle period with a reversal to take an 8-2 advantage. In the third, Rizqallah maintained his riding-time point and closed with the 9-2 victory.
Against Thomas, Rizqallah gave up a first period takedown to fall behind, 2-0, but he rode Thomas out in the second period to accumulate 1:22 of riding time. In the third, Rizqallah scored a reversal 20 seconds into the period to knot the score at 2, and continued to collect riding time; however, Thomas bounced back with a reversal of his own with 40 seconds left to go back up, 4-2. Although Rizqallah had already secured the riding-time point, he couldn't escape from Thomas in the final 40 seconds, and fell in a 4-3 decision.
Session four of the NCAA Wrestling Championships is set for this evening beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The semifinals will be shown on ESPN and all matches will be streamed live at WatchESPN.com.