#4 Mike Cannon and #5 Steve Fittery lost in the semifinals of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday night, ending their national championship bids. Kyle Borshoff, meanwhile, wrestled his way to a 3-1 record on Friday and earned All-America status for the second straight year.
Fittery took to the mat first and dropped a 14-2 major decision to #1 J.P. O'Conner of Harvard. Cannon also lost by major decision against the top-seeded wrestler in his weight class, falling by a score of 11-2 to #1 Kirk Smith from Boise State. Cannon and Fittery's appearances in the semifinals marked the first time that two American student-athletes had reached the semis since Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov, '06, and Josh Glenn, '08, did so in 2006.
The pair earned their place in the semis by picking up wins Friday morning in the quarterfinals. Those victories guaranteed them no lower than a sixth-place finish, earning both All-America status. They will now move to the wrestleback bracket on Saturday morning and can still place as high as third. Fittery will face #2 Adam Hall of Boise State in Saturday's consolation semifinals while Cannon will meet #2 John Dergo from Illinois. Cannon and Dergo met in the finals of the Midlands Championships earlier this season with Dergo earning an 11-9 sudden-victory decision. Fittery and Hall have not met this year.
Cannon, now a three-time All-American, is just the 13th student-athlete under the current weight class structure to earn All-America at three different weight classes. In 2008 he placed sixth at 165 lbs. and in 2009 he took eighth at 174 lbs. Cannon is also now just the second student-athlete in American history to earn All-America three times along with Glenn.
Fittery, who made his debut at the NCAA Division I Championships this year, was a two-time Division II All-American at Shippensburg University where he finished as the national runner-up in both 2007 and 2008.
Borshoff won three of his four matches on Friday and joins Cannon and Fittery as an All-American. Borshoff won two bouts during the morning session to remain alive in the tournament and then won a third match during the evening session to gaurantee himself no lower than an eighth-place finish. After losing in his final match of the day, Borshoff will now wrestle Bucknell's Kevin LeValley, the ninth seed, for seventh place on Saturday. Borshoff and LeValley met on February 20 of this year with LeValley taking a 2-1 decision.
Borshoff is now a two-time All-American and has joined Glenn and Cannon as the only recipients of multiple All-America honors in program history. The senior also placed seventh at 149 lbs. in 2009.
The Eagles three All-American's at this year's tournament mark a new program record, surpasing the previous record of two which the team had accomplished three times. Since 2005, the year Daniel Waters, '05, captured American's first All-America honor, the Eagles have sent 11 student-athletes to the podium at the NCAA Championships.
American finished the day in 14th place of the team standings with a total of 31.5 points. The Eagles had previously finished as high as 17th at the NCAA Championships and did so in both 2006 and 2007.
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149 lbs. - Kyle Borshoff
Borshoff kept his tournament alive with a 4-2 sudden-victory decision over Binghamton's Donald Vinson in his first wrestleback match of the day. Borshoff and Vinson went scoreless into the second period where Vinson struck first with an escape. Trailing 1-0, Borshoff scored a reversal midway through the third period to take a 2-1 lead but a Vinson escape knotted the match at two and sent it to overtime. In sudden victory, Borshoff was able to get in on Vinson late and was awarded the takedown and victory with just five seconds remaining.
Borshoff returned to the mat during the morning session to record a 10-6 decision over Central Michigan's Anthony D'Alie. Borshoff scored two takedowns in the first period but after a D'Alie escape and reversal held just a 4-3 lead going into the second. D'Alie then took the lead with an escape and takedown early in the frame, 6-4, but a locked hands call against D'Alie and an escape by Borshoff tied the score at six. Borshoff then went back on top with an escape to begin the third period and added a takedown late for a 9-6 lead. With riding time advantage, the senior took the final decision by a margin of 10-6.
Borshoff secured his second consecutive All-America honor in his third match of the day with a 5-3 decision over #8 Jason Chamberlain from Boise State. Borshoff scored with a single leg takedown on the edge of the mat midway through the first period and after a penalty point was assessed for having locked hands held a 2-1 lead. Borshoff began the second period on top but could not ride Chamberlain, giving up the one point for the escape to tie the match at two. In the third period Borshoff took a 3-2 advantage with a quick escape and then went ahead 5-2 with a takedown late in the frame. Chamberlain added one point for an escape but it was too little too late as Borshoff earned the final decision, 5-3.
The senior lost to Edinboro's Torsten Gillespie in his final bout of the day in sudden victory overtime, 7-5. Borshoff held a 2-0 lead after scoring a takedown in the first period but trailed 4-3 after Gillespie earned two sets of back points in the second period. Borshoff went back on top 5-4 with a takedown in the third period and a Gillespie escape evened the match at five to send it to overtime. Gillespie was then able to earn a takedown in the sudden victory overtime, giving him the final margin.
157 lbs. - #5 Steve Fittery
Fittery defeated #4 Cyler Sanderson of Penn State Friday morning 9-4 to advance to the semifinals and gaurantee himself All-America status. Fittery fell behind early as Sanderson scored the first takedown of the match but an escape and single-leg allowed Fittery to gain a 3-2 advantage after the first period. The junior used a half-nelson to turn Sanderson for two back points in the second period and held a 5-3 lead to begin the third. Fittery scored on an escape and takedown in the third period and with riding time advantage gained the final 9-4 margin.
Fittery fell to #1 J.P. O'Conner of Harvard in the semifinals by major decision, 14-2. O'Conner scored two takedowns and two sets of back points in the first period for a 10-1 lead and held a 12-2 advantage heading into the third period. He added one point for an escape in the final frame and with riding time advantage took the match by a score of 14-2.
184 lbs. - #4 Mike Cannon
Cannon took a 4-1 decision over #5 Clayton Foster from Oklahoma State to keep his national championship hopes alive. Cannon scored first with a takedown in the first period and led Foster 2-1 heading into the second. The senior moved the score to 3-1 with an escape in the second period and then rode Foster for the entire third period to pick up the victory with riding time advantage, 4-1.
Cannon lost to #1 Kirk Smith of Boise State in the semifinals by major decision, 11-2. The two took a scoreless tie into the second period where Smith was first to get on the board with an escape. Smith then took a 3-0 lead with a takedown and added a second takedown and three back points for an 8-1 advantage heading into the third. Smith scored one more takedown in the final frame and with riding time advantage picked up the win by a score of 11-2.
197 lbs. - Daniel Mitchell
Mitchell's tournament was ended Friday morning by a second-period fall at the hands of Oklahoma State's Alan Gelogaev. Gelogaev held an 8-3 lead after the first period and caught Mitchell on his back at the 3:39 mark during a scramble for the pin.