ST. LOUIS, Mo.- Caden Steffen (21-2) closed out the first day of the NCAA Championships splitting a pair of matches to earn All-American honors for the second consecutive season during the second session inside the Chaifetz Center in St. Louis.
Steffen started the championship quarterfinals against the fourth-seeded Dan Filipek of McKendree. Filipek would open the scoring with just two seconds left in the first period, leading to an escape and takedown in the second period to climb to a 5-0 lead. Steffen would score on an escape with under a minute left to trail 5-1 into the third period but would get outscored 5-2 in the period to close out a 10-3 loss.
Steffen moved into the blood rounds, meeting Logan Hall of Notre Dame with an All-American spot on the line. After a scoreless first period, Steffen would do all his scoring in the second period, recording an escape and a takedown to go up 3-0. Hall would escape in the third period, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the flurry from Steffen.
This marks the 15th time in program history that a wrestler has earned All-American status in the DII era, and Steffen is the third Mustang to earn All-American honors multiple times, joining Justin Reinsma (2012, 2013), and his father, Link (1997, 1998) as the only others to accomplish the feat.
Steffen will be back in action for Session III, starting at 10 a.m., taking on seventh-seeded Anderson Salisbury (22-4) of Colorado School of Mines in the consolation rounds.