Dieringer and Heil Advance to Finals, Cowboys Secure Six All-Americans


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NEW YORK – Oklahoma State wrestlers Dean Heil and Alex Dieringer qualified the finals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday night in front of sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, leading the way to the Cowboys’ second-place spot in the team standings with one day of competition remaining.

“It was a tough day; good day. A lot more good than there was bad, definitely,” coach John Smith said. “Our two finalists probably wrestled their best matches of the tournament, I thought. Alex Dieringer, who is kind of leading this group, with a major decision. Last time out against this kid from Missouri he won 4-3 in Stillwater. Dean Heil just put on a takedown clinic. He really got to the legs and was able to score points at critical times in the match was scoring takedowns. That’s exciting when you see that type of aggression. It was good to see those three guys punch through in the All-American round. Chandler Rogers and Preston Weigel, they wrestled well. Although they aren’t going to come away with anything, there’s no shame in their performance. It’s good to see Boyd and Marsden continue to push through the consolations where we can score points.”

Heil was the first to punch his ticket to the title match, knocking off fourth-seeded Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers by way of an 8-3 decision. Heil, the No. 1 seed in his bracket, took a 2-1 lead with a takedown in the first and added an escape and another takedown in the second to take a 5-1 lead into the final period. With another takedown in the third, Heil sealed the deal and grabbed a spot in the first NCAA finals of his career.
“I knew it was going to be a tough opponent,” Heil said. “When I was little, I always looked forward to wrestling Ashnault. I looked forward to wrestling him last year, but he got hurt in the first. So getting to wrestle him while he was healthy and being able to beat him, I guess as dominantly as I did, felt good. But that’s already in the past. I’m thinking about one person and one person only, and that’s Bryce Meredith, who I have in the finals right now.”
A two-time defending national champion, Dieringer left no doubt about his place in the finals and as the top-seeded favorite in the 165-pound bracket, dominating Missouri’s fourth-seeded Daniel Lewis throughout the match. When all was said and done, Dieringer came out as a 14-4 major decision winner and improved his perfect record to 32-0.

“I got a major decision, which is pretty good because I only beat him 4-3 last time. Obviously I wanted some pins, but bonus points for the team is big. So pretty pleased with it,” Dieringer said.
OSU also had a third semifinalist as No. 11-seed Anthony Collica wrestled No. 2 Brandon Sorenson of Iowa, but Collica couldn’t find a way to what would have been his third major upset of the tournament, falling 4-2 after a late takedown effort fell short. Collica wrestles in the consolation bracket tomorrow morning and can still place as high as third.

In the consolation round of 12, the Pokes secured three more All-Americans in Joe Smith (157), Nolan Boyd (184) and Austin Marsden (285), bringing the program total to 450 All-Americans.

Boyd and Marsden each went 2-0 in the evening session, while Smith went 1-1.

Boyd, the No. 8 seed at 184 pounds defeated No. 6 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State with a 6-4 decision and then went on to take out No. 10 Nate Brown of Lehigh, 6-4. He will continue to wrestle on the path for third tomorrow morning.

Marsden also seeks a third-place finish after his two decisive wins on Friday night. The senior picked his second-career All-America honors with a 13-5 major decision over Wyoming’s Tanner Harms. In the conso quarterfinals, he handily defeated eighth-seeded Max Wessell of Lehigh, 8-2.

True freshman and No. 6 Joe Smith will wrestle for seventh place at 157 pounds tomorrow morning as he earned his first All-America honors defeating West Virginia’s Dylan Cottrell, 5-3, in the blood round. He later lost by a second-period fall to No. 5 Dylan Palacio of Cornell in the consolation quarterfinals.

At 174 pounds, Chandler Rogers dropped a 7-2 decision to No. 13 Alex Meyers to end his run at the NCAA tournament.

Preston Weigel also wrapped up his first championships after falling to No. 7 Brett Harner of Princeton by pin.

Consolation action continues in the morning at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can watch on ESPNU and ESPN3.

NCAA Championships Session Four
March 18, 2016 :: Madison Square Garden :: Attendance – 18,303

Team Standings (top five)
1: Penn State – 114.0
2: Oklahoma State – 79.5
3: Iowa – 77.5
4: Virginia Tech – 69.5
5: Ohio State – 68.0

Championship semifinals results
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 4 Anthony Ashnault (RUT), 8-3
149: No. 2 Brandon Sorenson (IOWA) dec. No. 11 Anthony Collica (OSU), 4-2
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) MD No. 4 Daniel Lewis (MIZ), 14-4

Championship quarterfinal results
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 8 Joey Ward (UNC), 8-3
149: No. 11 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. No. 3 Lavion Mayes (MIZ), 3-2
157: No. 3 Jason Nolf (PSU) MD No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU), 11-3
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. No. 9 Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 11-5
174: No. 1 Bo Nickal (PSU) MD No. 9 Chandler Rogers (OSU), 15-4
184: No. 1 Gabe Dean (CORN) dec. No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU), 10-4
285: No. 5 Adam Coon (MICH) dec. No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU), 3-2

Championship second round results
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 10 Randy Cruz (LEH), 4-1
149: No. 11 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. No. 6 Jason Tsirtsis (NW), 3-2
157: No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU) dec. Bryce Steiert (UNI), 6-2
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall No. 16 Devon Gobbo (HARV), 3:26
174: No. 9 Chandler Rogers (OSU) fall Casey Kent (PENN), 6:59
184: No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. No. 9 Matt Miller (NAVY), 10-3
285: No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU) MD William Miller (EDIN), 12-3

Championship first round results
125: Conor Youtsey (MICH) dec. No. 6 Eddie Klimara (OSU), 7-6
133: No. 15 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 10-6
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Javier Gasca (MSU), 4-1
149: No. 11 Anthony Collica dec. Joey Delgado (ORST), 11-8
157: No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU) dec.  Jake Ryan (OHST), 11-9
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall Austin Trott (GW), 2:22
174: No. 9 Chandler Rogers (OSU) MD Rustin Barrick (BUCK), 10-2
184: No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Alex Utley (UNC), 8-5
197: No. 3 Brett Pfarr (MINN) dec. Preston Weigel (OSU), 5-0
285: No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Riley Shaw (CSU), 5-1

Consolation quarterfinals results
157: No. 5 Dylan Palacio (CORN) fall No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU), 4:38
184: No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. No. 10 Nate Brown (LEH), 6-4
285: No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. No. 8 Max Wessell (LEH), 8-2

Consolation fourth round (blood round) results
157: No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU) dec. Dylan Cottrell (WVU), 5-3
174: No. 13 Alex Meyer (IOWA) dec. No. 9 Chandler Rogers (OSU), 7-2
184: No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. No. 6 Blake Stauffer (ASU), 6-4
197: No. 7 Brett Harner (PRINCE) fall Preston Weigel (OSU), 6:38
285: No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU) MD No. 15 Tanner Harms (WYO), 13-5

Consolation third round results
197: Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. Sam Wheeler (CSU), 3-2

Consolation second round results
197: Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. No. 13 Jake Smith (WVU), 4-0

Consolation first round results
125: No. 11 Ronnie Bresser (ORST) dec. No. 6 Eddie Klimara (OSU), 2-1 TB1
133: Jade Rauser (UVU) MD Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 12-4
197: Preston Weigel (OSU) TF Anthony Abro (EMU), 18-1

Finals schedule
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) vs. No. 14 Bryce Meredith (WYO)
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) vs. No. 2 Isaac Jordan (WISC)

Consolation semifinals schedule
149: No. 11 Anthony Collica (OSU) vs. No. 10 Mike DePalma (KENT)
184: No. 8 Nolan Boyd (OSU) vs. No. 14 Willie Miklus (MIZ)
285: No. 4 Austin Marsden (OSU) vs. No. 3 Ty Walz (VT)

Seventh-place match schedule
157: No. 5 Joe Smith (OSU) vs. No. 2 Tommy Gantt (NCST)

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