FINAL DAY: Hawks’ St. John Takes Title
Winning a national championship is the dream of every college wrestler. The Hawkeyes wouldn’t be bringing home a team title, but 2 individuals had a chance to stand atop the podium on the final day of the NCAA National Wrestling Championship; Tony Ramos and Derek St. John.
At 133 pounds, Ramos took on Ohio State’s Logan Stieber. Trailing 5-1 in the second period, Ramos gets Stieber on his back, looks like a fall – near points for sure – but none are awarded.
Head coach Tom Brands goes ballistic then Brands rushes the wrestling stage yelling at brother Terry to challenge. They do, but it’s not overturned.
Ramos goes on to lose 7-4. Tough break for the Iowa junior.
At 157 pounds, St. John took on Northwestern’s Jason Welch in front of a crowd of 16,653. Tied at 2 in the 3rd, St. John with the escape and that is it; Derek St. John is the lone NCAA champ for the Hawks, who finish in 4th.
The Cyclones finished the Championship in joint 10th and UNI came joint 15th. Penn State won the national team title for the third year in a row.
The highlight of the night came when Cornell senior Kyle Dake became the first wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles at four weights. He beat defending 165-pound champion David Taylor from Penn State, 5-4.