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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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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