Taylor One Win Away From All-America Status At NCAA Championships

March 21, 2008

  • Tournament Brackets
  • Day One Recap

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Sophomore Hudson Taylor is just one win away from All-America status at the 2008 NCAA Championships at Scottrade Center. Taylor lost his quarterfinal match to second-seeded Phil Davis of Penn State but can guarantee a spot in the top eight with a win in the wrestlebacks later tonight.

    Taylor, the seventh seed at 197 pounds, dropped his quarterfinal match to Davis, 7-3. Davis has given Taylor two of his three losses this season.

    Davis started the scoring with a takedown at the 1:08 mark in the first period but Taylor notched a late escape to cut the deficit in half. Taylor started down in the second and after Davis recorded a two-point near fall, Taylor turned it on him and reversed the hold to keep his deficit at one, 4-3.

    In the final period, Davis started down and got a reversal which would clinch the match and then he added the riding time bonus for the 7-3 victory.

    Bell opened the day for the Terps with a big win in the 133-pound wrestlebacks against Tyler McCormick of Missouri who is a two-time All-American. Bell started the match quickly for the second-straight time and scored a pair of takedowns in the opening period to take a 4-2 lead. McCormick got two escapes in the second but Bell recorded his third takedown of the match to keep the lead at two, 6-4.

    In the final period, Bell pulled away with two more takedowns and added the riding time bonus point for the 11-6 win.

    In his second match of the day, Bell faced 10th-seeded Patrick Castillo of Northern Illinois and lost, 7-4. Castillo got the early takedown which Bell reversed to tie the score, but Castillo took a 3-2 lead with an escape at the end of the first period.

    In the second, Castillo escaped early and then scored a takedown to take a 6-2 lead which Bell could not come back from.

    Sophomore Mike Letts, the 10th seed at 174 pounds, pulled a tough draw in the wrestlebacks as he had to face eighth-seeded Gabriel Dretsch of Minnesota Friday morning. Dretsch defeated the Parkesburg, Pa., product 10-2.

    Freshmen Brian Letters and Eric Medina both lost in the wrestlebacks Friday morning as well and were eliminated from the tournament.

    Letters fell to Bloomsburg's Matt Moley, 8-4, while Medina lost to eighth-seeded Jake Patacsil of Purdue by fall.

    Taylor, the only remaining wrestler in the tournament, will compete in the wrestlebacks in the next session later tonight. The session is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.

    133 - Steven Bell
    First Round - Lost to #5 Nicholas Fanthorpe (Iowa State), 8-2
    Wrestleback First Round - Beat Cory VomBaur (Wyoming), 12-3
    Wrestleback Second Round - Beat #12 Andrae Hernandez (Indiana), 8-5
    Wrestleback Third Round - Beat Tyler McCormick (Missouri), 11-6
    Wrestleback Fourth Round - Lost to #10 Patrick Castillo (Northern Illinois), 7-4

    141 - Jon Kohler
    First Round - Lost to Jacob Kriegbaum (Air Force), 11-2
    Wrestleback First Round - Lost to Tim Harner (Liberty), 12-5

    149 - Eric Medina
    First Round - Lost to Daryl Cocozzo (Edinboro), 8-4
    Wrestleback Second Round - Beat Joseph Knox (Chattanooga) by fall, 2:34
    Wrestleback Third Round - Lost to #8 Jake Patacsil (Purdue) by fall, 3:38

    157 - Brian Letters
    First Round - Beat #9 Chase Pami (Cal Poly), 5-4 (tb1)
    Second Round - Lost to #8 Jordan Leen (Cornell), 4-1
    Wrestleback Second Round - Lost to Matt Moley (Bloomsburg), 8-4

    174 - #10 Mike Letts
    First Round - Beat Dan Clum (Wisconsin), 9-2
    Second Round - Lost to #7 Matt Stolpinski (Navy), 5-4 (tb1)
    Wrestleback Second Round - Lost to #8 Gabriel Dretsch (Minnesota), 10-2

    197 - #7 Hudson Taylor
    First Round - Beat Jared Villers West Virginia) by fall, 5:39
    Second Round - Beat #10 Joel Flaggert (Oklahoma), 7-0
    Quarterfinals - Lost to #2 Phil Davis (Penn State), 7-3