Who had the best runs in consolations?
There is frequent discussion on various boards about the best individual NCAA tournament runs (Bruce Kinseth is my favorite). However, some of my favorite wrestling performances have been the guys who came back hard in consolations. Here are some of my favorites (OF COURSE I"M A HAWKEYE FAN!)
1993 John Oostendorp beats Billy Pierce and Rulon Gardner to finish 3rd.
1997 Eleventh-seeded Mike Uker scores a couple of falls on his way to 5th.
2000 Jody Stritmatter and Doug Schwab score enough bonus points in their consolation matches to put the Hawks in position to win the title.
2001 After the emotional upset of #1 seed Reggie Wright, Mike Zadick loses to Jared Frayer (who he had absolutely humiliated earlier in the year). He then comes back to beat Maldonado, Schmiesing, Lawrence and FRAYER to finish 3rd.
Tell me your favorites.
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