The final day of the 2012 NCAA Championships brings my final mid-day update from St. Louis and the Scottrade Center. The Terps closed out the tournament Saturday morning with seventh-seeded Josh Asper wrestling for a spot on the medal stand.
Unfortunately for Maryland, Asper lost a 5-2 decision to Appalachian State's Kyle Blevins in the 165-pound wrestleback semifinal, and then lost to sixth-seeded Peter Yates of Virginia Tech in the Fifth Place Match. For the second consecutive season, Asper finishes sixth at the NCAA Championships and will participate in this evening's All-American ceremony.
Asper opened the session against Blevins. The Mountaineer scored an early takedown in the first period to gain the advantage. Asper would tie the match with two escapes, but a third period takedown by Blevins sealed the match.
Against Yates, Asper surrendered a takedown and a 2-point near-fall early in the first period. With a five-point advantage, Yates was able to cautiously approach the remainder of the match. Yates went on to earn a 13-7 decision over Asper.
The Terps finish the tournament with 15.5 points and currently sit in 31st place, which may change depending on this evening's results.There will be an official recap on the website later tonight, so long from St. Louis.