Brett Pfarr’s best offense was good defense on Saturday night at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Cleveland. Scoring a pair of takedowns off fellow All-American – and fellow Brett – Brett Harner by defending shots taken by the Princeton standout, Pfarr used the latter of those two counters to score the match-winning takedown in the bout’s waning seconds, adding the riding time point in those final ticks for a 7-4 victory.
Pfarr scored the match’s first points when Harner got in on a single-leg near the edge of the mat early in the first period. Pfarr took the opportunity to showcase his scrambling skills, working his way to Harner’s leg and earning the takedown before the two went out of bounds.
Harner washed that takedown with one of his own later in the period. In an odd exchange, it appeared Pfarr lost his footing on the mat. Harner was able to essentially push Pfarr to the mat to take a 3-2 lead. A quick escape from Pfarr leveled the match, which remained tied through the end of the period.
The only point of the middle frame came from Pfarr, who quickly escaped Harner to start the period.
Leading 4-3, Pfarr rode tough to start the third period, returning Harner to the mat multiple times before losing him on the edge midway through the period. Initially ruled no change, a challenge from the Princeton corner led to the call being reverse upon review, leveling the contest at 4-4 with just under a minute remaining.
Still tied with about 15 seconds left, Harner again got to Pfarr’s leg on a single, but heavy hips from the Gopher co-captain allowed him to break Harner’s grip and go behind to score the takedown and the two points, sealing the win.
Though a win over a returning All-American and top-five opponent is always noteworthy, it will not be reflected in Pfarr’s record, as the All-Star Classic is an exhibition event. Pfarr’s first official matches will come next weekend at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals.
Pfarr’s teammates will kick off the Gophers’ 2016-17 season tomorrow at the Daktronics Open in Brookings, S.D.
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NWCA All-Star Classic
125: Nathan Kraisser (Campbell) won by decision over Barlow McGhee (Missouri) (Dec 3-2)
133: Zane Richards (Illinois) won by decision over Eric Montoya (Nebraska) (Dec 9-7)
141: Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) won in sudden victory – 1 over Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) (SV-1 8-6)
149: Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Lavion Mayes (Missouri) (Dec 7-5)
157: Max Rohskopf (NC State) won by fall over Brian Murphy (Michigan) (Fall 5:44)
165: Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) won by decision over Daniel Lewis (Missouri) (Dec 5-3)
174: Zac Brunson (Illinois) won by decision over Ethan Ramos (North Carolina) (Dec 5-4)
197: Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) won by decision over Brett Harner (Princeton) (Dec 7-4)
285: Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) won by decision over Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) (Dec 5-2)
184: Gabe Dean (Cornell) won by major decision over Myles Martin (Ohio State) (Maj 13-4)