RICHMOND, Va. - Two members of the No. 20 Iowa State wrestling team (9-4 overall, 1-2 Big 12) earned All-American honors Sunday at the National Collegiate Open. No. 15 Boaz Beard and Ryak Finch both were tabbed NCO All-Americans after finishing in the top-six of their respective weight classes.
Finch, a redshirt sophomore, went 4-1 en route to a second-place finish at 125 pounds. The Safford, Ariz. native got on a roll early, earning first period pins in each of his first three matches.
His quarterfinal pin over North Carolina's Brian Bokoski in 26 seconds marks the fastest pin by a Cyclone this season. The 26-second pin by Finch earned him the No. 10 slot all-time in Iowa State's quickest pins club.
With the four wins today, Finch's overall record on the season moves to 15-8.
Beard, a redshirt junior, went 3-1 on the day en route to a sixth-place finish at 184 pounds. The Wichita, Kan. native forfeited his final two matches of the day. Beard's record on the year moves to 13-6 overall with his three wins.
Other Cyclones in competition today included true freshman John Meeks (2-2), redshirt sophomore Luke Goettl (1-0), redshirt senior Max Mayfield (2-2) and redshirt sophomore Mikey England (3-2).
Finch and Beard became the first NCO All-Americans in Iowa State history. The tournament, which began in 2009, has had many distinguished alumni including NCAA All-Americans David Taylor (Penn State), Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), Matt Wilps (Pittsburgh), Steve Fittery (American) and Jesse Delgado (Illinois).
Iowa State will be back in action March 8 for the Big 12 Duals in Stillwater, Okla. The Big 12 Championships follow the next day on March 9.*