The Wildcats earned bonus points in the first two bouts of the night, but then dropped a pair of their own to lead 10-7.
Ryan Deakin got the 'Cats back on track with a technical fall drubbing at 157.
Johnny Sebastian earns a major decision as each team trades wins all the way up to 197.
With the team score nearly knotted up 19-18, Redshirt Junior Zack Chakonis was able to put the proverbial, "nail in the coffin," stretching the lead to four.
In the final match of the evening and the team leading by 4, #19 ranked Conan Jennings confidently handed his ankle bands to the referee. He knew he could lose and the team would still win, but that wasn't enough for the old junkyard dog. He wanted to win. He had to win. In a hostile environment, and a match that looked to be slipping away, Conan searched his soul for the strength to dig deep. Scoring two points in the final period, The Purple Giant was able to force overtime. He could see his opponent's energy seeping away with every passing moment. The first overtime came and it went. Both wrestlers exchanged glances as they prepared for their ninth minute of wrestling. Conan started off in the bottom position where he earned a crucial stall point against the Wisconsin wrestler. He had wrestled for eight minutes and 30 seconds thus far. 30 seconds was all that stood between him and the thrill of victory. His #9 ranked opponent miraculously stood up but Conan said, "no." He picked up his long-haired, 250 pound nemesis and slammed him to the mat. He would not be denied. As the final ticks of the clock withered away, Conan shot up to a frenzied opposing crowd, hands in the air, cementing the Wildcats 25-18 victory.
The Dave Schultz tournament is littered with former World Team Members, National Champs, and All Americans so it was an excellent opportunity to compete at a high level especially for our young bucks.
In our first day of action, Assistant Coach Cody Brewer made quick work of his opposition tech-falling every individual he faced within the first period. He took home the Gold Medal and a heaping of confidence.
In the Greco Division, Joe Rau went 4-1 on the day taking home a bronze medal in the process. But that wasn't enough for the wily veteran wrestler. He decided to compete the next day in the freestyle division dropping his bronze medal bout in a wild 20-17 match. For the record, double-styling is almost never heard of at the Senior Level. Congrats Joe!
Redshirt First Year Lucas Davison, aka The Big Tuna, came back from a six point deficit winning 8-8 in his bronze medal bout; an amazing performance at such a high level for the Redshirt First Year.