NCAA Wrestling Day 3 (excluding championship matches) -

NCAA Wrestling Day 3 (excluding championship matches)

Missouri did well in the wrestlebacks this morning. The Tigers, who had a school-high five grapplers earn All-American status, look to have a shot at finishing fifth in the team standings. Entering tonight they sit in the seventh slot.

Michael Chandler from Northwest High School finished fifth at 157. He defeated Matt Moley of Bloomsburg 2-1. Chandler, a senior, made a trip to the NCAA Championships all four years at Mizzou and wraps up his 2008-09 season 31-8.

165-pounder Nick Marable rebounded from a first round upset Thursday to finish seventh. The junior finished the year 28-8.

Senior Raymond Jordan rebounded from a tough overtime loss in the semi-finals Friday and roared to a third place finish. Jordan shutout Nebraska's Brandon Browne
4-0. Jordan finishes 36-5 on the year.

197-pounder Max Askren went 1-1 this morning. He lost to Hudson Taylor of Maryland
8-0, then defeated Brent Chriswell of Boise State 3-0 to take fifth. Askren went 30-7 in his junior season.

Illinois had two wrestlers earn medals Saturday morning. They're going into tonight's action sitting in eighth. The Illini will probably finish there even if 157-pounder Mike Poeta, their lone wrestler going for a championship, scorers a big win.

133-pounder James Kennedy grabbed fifth place by blanking Maryland's Steve Bell
16-0. Kennedy, a junior, ended the year with a 31-6 mark.

Heavyweight John Wise won by forfeit over Zach Sheaffer of Pitt in his seventh-place match. Wise went 25-9 on the season.

The team title looks to be Ohio State's to loss. Even though the Buckeyes are in second, trailing defending champ Iowa by 9-and-half points, entering tonight's action; they have the numbers. OSU has three wrestlers going for a championship, and Iowa has only one. Unless the Buckeyes drop all three matches, which is unlikely, they'll hold off the Hawkeyes; denying their Big-10 foe it's 22nd national title.

Todd Schumacher
-News 4 Sports

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