NDSU’s Sax Falls in Blood Round of NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Dakota State wrestler Gaven Sax picked up a pair of wins on Friday but fell in the blood round and was eliminated at the 2024 NCAA National Championships at the T-Mobile Center one match shy of All-American status.

Sax opened up his day by avenging an early season loss to No. 13 seed Justin McCoy of Virginia in come-from-behind fashion. McCoy scored a first-period takedown but trailing 3-2, Sax secured a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the third period for a 7-3 victory.

Later in the day session, Sax recorded his second shutout of the tournament, picking up a major decision on No. 27 seed Danny Wask of Navy. Sax recorded a first-period takedown and then 2:22 of riding time with a rideout. After a scoreless second, Sax picked up an escape, takedown, and two-point near fall before riding out the period and picking up a riding time point at the end for a 10-0 win.

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Sloan in semis, three move on to blood round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tanner Sloan secured All-America honors at 197 pounds for the second year in a row with a win by technical fall in quarterfinal action Friday afternoon at the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held at T-Mobile Center.

A senior from Alburnett, Iowa, the third-seeded Sloan posted his third bonus-point victory of the tournament with a 16-1 technical fall against sixth-seeded Lou Deprez of Binghamton. Sloan tallied a takedown with 70 seconds remaining in the opening period and maintained the pressure throughout the remainder of the match. He scored on an escape and takedown in the second period for a 7-0 lead, then further extended his lead with two more takedowns plus a two-point near-fall.

A returning national finalist, Sloan improved to 26-1 on the season and is set to face No. 2 seed Trent Hidlay of North Carolina State in Friday night’s semifinals.

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Salazar, VomBaur Reach Quarterfinals of NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Gophers are into the quarterfinals, and seven Minnesota wrestlers in all made it to Friday after the opening day of the NCAA Championships at the T-Mobile Center Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Senior Isaiah Salazar and redshirt sophomore Vance VomBaur both went 2-0 on the day to reach the quarters at 184 and 141 pounds, respectively. Five others sported 1-1 records to continue their postseason journey through the consolation bracket. As a team, the Gophers are tied for 22nd with 8.0 points, while Penn State leads with 34.5 points.

The No. 2 seed at 184, Salazar is through to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. He prevailed in his opening round match, 2-1, over No. 31 Tony Negron of Arizona State, thanks to a third-period escape plus riding time. Salazar then needed overtime to take care of No. 18 Ryder Rogotzke of Ohio State in the Round of 16. The match was tied 1-1 after seven minutes of action, but Salazar got the sudden-victory takedown to win 4-1 and push his winning streak to 17 matches.

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NDSU’s Sax Advances to Day Two of NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – North Dakota State wrestling’s Gaven Sax advanced to day two of the 2024 NCAA Championships after rebounding from an opening-round loss with a win in the first consolation round Thursday night at the T-Mobile Center.

Sax dropped his opening-round match to Central Michigan’s Alex Cramer in the Thursday morning session. After Sax re-attacked and tried to get No. 19 seed Cramer to his back, the Central Michigan wrestler was able to hold Sax’s leg and force him to his back, securing a neutral pin for the upset win over 14th-seeded Sax.

In the evening session, Sax rebounded with a dominating win over No. 30 seed Myles Takats of Bucknell. After a scoreless first period and a neutral start chosen by Takats, Sax recorded a takedown straight into a four-point near fall for a 7-0 lead. He then added two more four-point nearfalls to secure the tech fall win at 4:28.

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Six Jacks remain at NCAA Championships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Led by quarterfinalists Cade DeVos and Tanner Sloan, six South Dakota State wrestlers won matches Thursday to advance to the second day of competition at the 2024 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held at T-Mobile Center.

Sloan, the No. 3 seed at 197 pounds and a finalist a year ago, earned a pair of bonus-point victories Thursday. He opened the day with a pin of Buffalo’s Sam Mitchell before turning in a 14-4 major decision over No. 14 seed John Poznanski of Rutgers during the evening session.

In his Round of 16 matchup, Sloan set the tone with a takedown about 25 seconds into the match and took Poznanski down three more times en route to racking up more than four minutes of riding time.

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