Emery A Win Short
CLEVELAND, Ohio – West Liberty University 165-pounder Mike Emery came up one win shy of All-America status as opening day action concluded Friday night in the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.
Emery (18-9), the Super Region One runner-up at 165 pounds, got off to a good start on Friday morning when he gutted out a 1-0 decision against Findlay's Bradely Metz (30-15) to earn a spot in Fridaynight's championship quarterfinals.
The Hilltopper junior had a tough draw in the quarterfinals as Central Oklahoma's Chris Watson (42-3) dropped Emery into the consolation bracket with a 15-0 technical fall.
Emery locked horns with returning All-American Gabe Fogarty (12-8) of St. Cloud State, Minn. with a berth in Saturday's top eight on the line but couldn't get anything going as Fogarty clinched his second straight All-America honor with a first-period fall.
Super Region One champion Notre Dame (Ohio), ranked No. 1 in the final NWCA coaches' poll, leads the team scoring after Friday's action with 44.5 points. Two-time defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney is a close second with 41 points, followed by Lindenwood, Mo. (36) and St. Cloud State (35.5) with Maryville, Mo. and Ouachita Baptist, Ark. tied for fifth with 33 points.
The NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships conclude on Saturday.
NCAA Division II Championships
Championship First Round
165: Mike Emery (WLU) d. Bradely Metz (Findlay), 1-0
165: Chris Watson (Cent. Oklahoma) tf. Mike Emery (WLU), 15-0
Consolation Second Round
165: Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) p. Mike Emery (WLU), 1:49
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