March 22, 2014
NCAA Championships Bracket
Watch Mike McMullan Post Match
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Three-time All-American Mike McMullan won the third place match of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships, recording his third consecutive top three finish or better at the nation tournament.
McMullan finished No. 3 as a freshman in 2012 and reached the championship last year to finish No. 2. In the 165 lbs. bracket, All-American Pierce Harger finished No. 8. RS Freshman Jason Tsirtsis will compete for the 149 lbs. title at 7:00 p.m. tonight live on ESPN. As a team, the Wildcats stand tied with Iowa State in 11th place in the nation with 42.0 points.
McMullan reached the third place match after avenging two losses on the season by Indiana’s Adam Chalfant.
All it took was 18 seconds.
McMullan pinned Chalfant just 0:18 seconds into the consolation semifinal to reach the third place match.
“[Chalfant’s] a big guy. He’s aggressive. He get’s into my legs a lot. When we fool around in practice, we do those kinds of moves, so I figured, nothing to lose, give it a shot and it worked out for me today,” McMullan said of his pin on Chalfant. “You roll around and get in positions like that. It’s good to get into those situations in the practice room and you never know when they’re going to be applicable to the real match situations.”
With the win, McMullan advanced to face Iowa’s Bobby Telford in the third place, recording a 3-1 over the Hawkeye to place No. 3. After finishing in the top three of his first three years, he looks make a final strong impression as a senior next season.
“I need to be more confident in my approach and recognize my capabilities as a wrestler and not wrestle the heavyweight-type matches where it’s a one score matches to come out on top next year,” he said.
Also for Northwestern, first time All-American Pierce Harger finished No. 8 in the 165 lbs. bracket. He fell to Minnesota’s Daniel Zilverberg by a 6-2 decision.
After a scoreless first period, Zilverberg took a 2-0 lead with a reversal in the second period. Harger got on the board to close the score to 3-2 before the Gopher went up 5-2 and went on to defeat Harger 6-2. The Wildcat junior from Loveland, Ohio placed No. 8 during his third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. Harger earned his first career All-American finish in his highest NCAA finish.
The NCAA Finals begin at 7:00 p.m. CT live on ESPN, starting with the 174 lbs. weight class. The 149 lbs. final will be the eighth match of the night between Tsirtsis, and No. 11 Joshua Kindig (OKST).
“Jason is bar none the hardest working individual I’ve ever been around,” Wildcats three-time All-American Mike McMullan said. “He’s never satisfied. He’s always the last one to leave the room, always putting in the extra work.”
Session V Results
7th Place Match
165: No. 15 Daniel Zilverberg (MINN) dec. No. 7 Pierce Harger (NU), 6-2
285: No. 6 Mike McMullan (NU) pin, No. 3 Adam Chalfant (IND), 0:18
3rd Place Match
285: No. 6 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. No. 5 Bobby Telford (IOWA), 3-1
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