Sulzer Moves Into Semifinals at NCAA Championships

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Nick Sulzer
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March 21, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Third-seeded Nick Sulzer (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) moved into the 165-pound semifinals of the NCAA Championships Friday in the first session at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Virginia currently is tied for 23rd place in the team standings with 14 points.

The Friday evening session begins at 8 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN. ESPN3 will have separate feeds of all six mats. A link to live brackets also will be available at VirginiaSports.com, while live updates will be provided on the Virginia Wrestling Twitter account, @UVaWrestling.

Sulzer (35-1) will wrestle second-seeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State this evening. Caldwell handed Sulzer his lone loss of the season, 2-1, on Jan. 2 at the Southern Scuffle.

Sulzer clinched All-America honors for the second straight year. He is the second Virginia wrestler to earn All-America honors on multiple occasions. Chris Henrich was a three-time All-American at 174 pounds from 2009-11.

Sulzer rebounded from an early takedown to defeat 11th-seeded Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of The Citadel, 4-3 in the first tiebreaker period. Sulzer tied the match, 3-3, in the third period when Luvsandorj was penalized a point for his second stall warning. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Sulzer held Luvsandorj down for the first 30 seconds of the tiebreaker. Sulzer immediately escaped in the second 30 seconds and held off Luvsandorj in the waning seconds to secure the win.

Sulzer is the lone Cavalier remaining in the tournament after four teammates were eliminated in the first session Friday.

Seeded 10th at 157 pounds, Blaise Butler (R-So., Belvidere, Ill.) defeated Columbia's Markus Scheidel, 9-3, Friday morning in the wrestlebacks but gave up an early takedown to NC State's Tommy Gantt in and never recovered in his next match, falling 3-2 to finish his season with a 22-8 record.

Stephen Doty (R-Sr., St. Louis, Mo.), the No. 11 seed at 174, earned a 6-0 win over Brian Harvey of Army in his first match Friday before dropping a 7-1 bout to CSU Bakersfield's Bryce Hammond. Doty concludes his UVa career with a 29-10 record this year.

Nick Herrmann (So., Amarillo, Texas) saw his season come to a close with a 7-3 loss to 12th-seeded Tim Lambert of Nebraska on Friday morning. Herrmann finishes 18-12 on the year after going 1-2 in his first  NCAA Championships.

The No. 7 seed at 149, Gus Sako (R-Jr., Cleveland, Ohio) was eliminated from the tournament following a 5-2 defeat Michael Depalma of Kent State. He finishes his season with a 19-5 record.

Virginia Results - double elimination
Nick Herrmann (125 pounds)
1st Round - No. 6 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) dec. Herrmann, 7-5
Conso Rd. 1 - dec. Cory Stainbrook (West Virginia), 8-2
Conso Rd. 2 - No. 12 Tim Lambert (Nebraska) dec. Herrmann, 7-3

No. 16 Joe Spisak (141 pounds)
1st Round - Laike Gardner (Lehigh) dec. Spisak, 9-8
Conso Rd. 1 - Gabe Moreno (Iowa State) pinned Spisak, 1:09

No. 7 Gus Sako (149 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Robert Jillard (Northern Illinois), 7-4
2nd Round - No. 10 Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech) dec. Sako, 3-2
Conso 2nd Rd. - Michael Depalma (Kent State) dec. Sako, 5-2
 
No. 10 Blaise Butler (157 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 7-6
2nd Round - No. 7 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) dec. Butler, 3-1 (SV)
Conso 2nd Round - dec. Markus Scheidel (Columbia), 9-3
Conso 3rd Round - Tommy Gantt (NC State) dec. Butler, 3-2

No. 3 Nick Sulzer (165 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Chris Moon (VT), 9-3
2nd Round - dec. No. 14 Dylan Palacio (Cornell), 12-6
Quarters - dec. No. 11 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel), 4-3 (TB-1)
Semis - No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State)

No. 11 Stephen Doty (174 pounds)
1st Round - dec. Austin Gabel (VT), 3-2
2nd Round - No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. Doty, 5-4
Conso 2nd Rd. - dec. Brian Harvey (Army), 6-0
Conso 3rd Rd. - Bryce Hammond (CSU Bakersfield) dec. Doty, 7-1

Jon Fausey (184 pounds)
1st Round - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) dec. Fausey, 7-5
Conso 1st Rd. - Clint Morrison (Rider) dec. Fausey, 7-5

Zach Nye (197 pounds)
1st Round - No. 4 Scott Schiller (Minnesota) dec. Nye, 10-3
Conso Pigtail - dec. Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), 7-3
Conso 1st Rd. - Daniel Mitchell (American) dec. Nye, 7-6

2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Schedule of Events - All Times Eastern

Friday (March 21)
Fourth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Semifinals & Wrestleback Fourth and Fifth Rounds

Saturday (March 22)
Fifth Session - 11 a.m. (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session - 8 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN3)
Championships Finals