OKLAHOMA CITY – Redshirt senior Ryan Mango notched two wins in Session III of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships to remain in the consolation bracket, Friday, at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mango opened Session III with a convincing 8-4 decision over Northwestern’s Dominick Malone at 133 pounds. Leading 6-4 in the third period, Mango scored a takedown with just four seconds left to leave no doubt in the match.
Mango finished out the morning session with a 19-13 decision over No. 14 seed Zane Richards of Illinois. Trailing 7-4 in the second, Mango registered a reversal and three near fall points to take a 9-7 lead into the final period. Choosing to start in the third in the down position, Mango scored 10 points in the final period with two escapes, two takedowns, a reversal and two near fall points. He now has 111 career victories, moving into fifth place in program history.
Mango will take on the No. 8 seed David Thorn of Minnesota in Session IV. A victory would guarantee All-America honors for Mango.
Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson started his day off with a 7-6 decision over Gardner-Webb’s Austin Trott in the 165-pound consolation bracket. Wilson led 4-3 going into the second period, where Trott chose to start in the down position. He quickly scored the escape, tying the match 4-4. Wilson answered with a takedown to go up 6-4 and rode out Trott to end the second. Wilson chose neutral to start the third and gave up a takedown to Trott, but already had riding time locked up.
Wilson then dropped an 8-2 decision to ninth-seeded Joseph Booth of Hofstra, which eliminates him from the tournament. The Lodi, Calif., native ends his rookie season with a 35-8 overall record, tying Matt Gentry, Stanford’s only NCAA Champion, for second on the school’s freshmen wins list.
Redshirt sophomore Evan Silver’s time in Oklahoma City came to an end in Session III. The Chevy Chase, Md., native dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 14 seed Edward Klimara of Oklahoma State at 125 pounds. He ends his second year with the Cardinal with a 24-6 season record (50-21 career).
Senior 197-pounder Dan Scherer’s career came to an end Thursday as he was forced to medical forfeit. Scherer ends his time on The Farm with an 84-42 career record and as one of Stanford’s 18 conference champions.
The 2014 NCAA Championships continue on Friday evening with session IV at 5 p.m. PT. Fans can watch the semifinals on ESPN or online on ESPN3.
Stanford’s Tournament Results:
(13) Evan Silver (1-2): lost to Earl Hall (Iowa State), 7-3, fall Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina), 3:45; lost to (14) Edward Klimara (Oklahoma St.), 4-1.
(11) Ryan Mango (3-1): dec. Chuck Zeisloft (Rider), 5-2, lost to (6) Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5-4; dec. Dominick Malone (Northwestern), 8-4; dec. (14) Zane Richards (Illinois), 19-13.
(16) Jim Wilson (2-2): dec. Josh Houldsworth (Columbia), 3-1 (SV), lost to (1) David Taylor (Penn State), fall 6:55; dec. Austin Trott (Gardner-Webb), 7-6; lost to (9) Joseph Booth (Hofstra), 8-2.
Kyle Meyer (0-2): lost to (5) Matthew Brown (Penn State), 17-3; lost to Brian Harvey (Army), 9-1.
Dan Scherer (1-0): dec. (16) Alex Polizzi (Northwestern), 11-9.