Graff falls in semifinals, will wrestle in consolation semifinals
March 22, 2013
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DES MOINES, Iowa --*With a spot in the 133 lbs., national title match on the line, Tyler Graff was unable to advance through the semifinals, falling to Iowa’s Tony Ramos in one of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships’ most closely contested matches.*
The third-seeded Graff and second-seeded Ramos battled to a 4-4 tie through three periods, sending the match to overtime. The two continued to duel scoreless through the first sudden victory and tiebreaker periods, before Ramos broke through with a takedown in the second sudden victory frame for a 6-4 win.*
With the loss, Graff moves to the semifinals of the consolation bracket, where he will compete for a third-place title tomorrow during session V at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Even with the loss, Graff secured a spot on the medal stand and All-America honor Friday morning with a win in the quarterfinals. The All-America honor is the third of Graff’s career and while that wasn’t what he set out to accomplish, it’s not a bad accolade to settle for.*
“There’s not too many guys that can say they made the stand three times in their first three years,” head coach Barry Davis said of Graff.
Graff got off to a good start against Ramos, earning a takedown early in the first period and a reversal in the second to build a 4-2 lead heading into the third and final frame. However, in the third, Ramos cut the lead to 4-3 with a reversal off the start and then tied the score when Graff was called for his second stalling warning, earning Ramos a point and sending the match to overtime.
In overtime, Ramos was able to win the match in the second sudden victory when Graff took a shot, but came up empty. Ramos was able to scramble around Graff for the takedown and the 6-4 victory.
Graff will resume competition Saturday morning in the consolation semifinals, with a chance to advance to the third-place match. He will face Minnesota’s fifth-seeded Chris Dardanes.
Davis said that it’s important for Graff to put the disappointment of his loss to Ramos behind him and focus on reaching, and winning, the third-place match.
“You want to go out on a winning note and get that bronze medal,” Davis said. “So hopefully Graff will put things together, move forward, show the leadership he has and come away with the bronze medal.*
Session V of the NCAA championships will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. ESPNU will broadcast the medal round match-ups.
Session IV Results:*
#2 Tony Ramos (IOWA) dec. #3 Tyler Graff (WIS), 6-4 SV2
Graff will face No. 5 Chris Dardanes (MINN) in the consolation semifinals
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