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2014 NCAA Championships • 133 pounds
The following is a breakdown of the 133-pound weight class at the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships, March 20-22, in Oklahoma City. WIN Magazine will preview this weight class as well as update brackets and provide notes and quotes during the tournament.
All-American Placment Highlights
3rd Place — Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) dec. A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 1-0 — The only point came when the Panther escaped 12 seconds in the second period. Schopp chose neutral in the third but could not score a takedown.
5th Place — David Thorn (Minnesota) dec. Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 5-3 – The Gopher scored the first of two takedowns on the edge of the mat with 1:06 left in the first period, then added a second off a single leg in the second period.
7th Place — Joe Roth (Central Mich.) dec. Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 8-6 — Trailing 4-2 in the second period, the Chippewa senior ended his career by scoring two takedowns in the final frame, the second coming with 38 seconds left.
No. 5 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) dec. No. 1 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa), 6-3 — Graff took Colon down three times in the first two periods to take a 6-2 lead. Graff was hit with a couple stalling points in the third period, but held on for the 6-3 win.
No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 2 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro), 5-1 — Ramos broke open a scoreless match with only 25 seconds left in the match when Ramos put No. 2 seed A.J. Schopp on this back after a takedown on the edge of the mat right in front of Iowa’s coaches. With the coaching staff calling for the pin, Ramos held Schopp on his back until the final buzzer for his second straight trip to the finals.
No. 1 Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) major dec. No. 8 David Thorn (Minnesota), 19-9 — The Panther scored two of his takedowns and put the Gopher on his back three times in the first period to take a 11-1 lead. Colon scored another takedown and two-point nearfall in the final period to take an 18-6 lead.
No. 5 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) dec. No. 13 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 9-6— Twenty seconds after Brewer scored a takedown to cut Graff’s lead to 6-4, the Badger clinched the victory with a reversal with 55 seconds left in the bout. Graff scored a takedown in both the each of the periods to lead 6-1.
No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 6 Mason Beckman (Lehigh), 3-1 — The Hawkeye clinched the match when he scored a takedown off a low single with 29 seconds left and rode out the MountainHawk.
No. 2 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) dec. No 7 Cashe Quiroga (Purdue), 11-7 — The Fighting Scot appeared ready to blow out the Boilermaker when he scored a takedown and twice put Quiroga on his back to take a 7-0. Quiroga fought back with three takedowns in the third period before Schopp (with a 4:13 riding time advantage) held on to win.
• In a Bedlam rivalry renewal, Oklahoma’s No. 13 seed Cody Brewer pinned Oklahoma State’s Jon Morrison in 2:45. The Sooner was leading 8-5 at the time of the fall.
• 2:02 riding time advantage gave Lehigh’s No 6 Mason Beckman a 5-4 win over Stanford’s No. 11 Ryan Mango.
• Iowa’s No. 2 seed Tony Ramos scored a TD with 32 seconds left in sudden victory to beat Illinois’ NO. 14 Zane Richards (Illinois)
• There were two upsets at this weight. One occurred between a pair of MAC wrestlers as Matt Manley (Missouri) defeated No. 16 Mack McGuire (Kent State), 7-5 in the second sudden victory. The other came when Michigan’s Rossi Bruno knocked off No. 15 seed Mark Grey (Cornell)
• Iowa’s Tony Ramos, the defending national runner-up, scored the match’s only takedown with 14 seconds left to give the Hawkeye and No. 3 seed a 3-1 win over Pitt’s Shelton Mack.
• There were two falls at this weight. Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp, seeded No. 2, pinned Navy’s Colton Rasche in 4:55, while Purdue’s Cashe Quiroga flattened Virginia Tech’s Dennis Gustafson in 4:51.
- Tony Ramos, Iowa (3rd, 2012; Runner-up, 2013)
- Tyler Graff, Wisconsin (5th, 2010; 5th, 2011; 3rd, 2013)
- A.J. Schopp, Edinboro (4th, 2013)
- Jon Morrison, Oklahoma State (5th, 2013)
- David Thorn, Minnesota (7th-125, 2013)
- Ryan Mango, Stanford (6th-125, 2011; 5th-125, 2012)
Northern Iowa’s Joe Colon made a statement at the Midlands where he defeated three former All-Americans: Wisconsin’s Tyler Graff, Edinboro’s A.J. Schopp and Iowa’s Tony Ramos.
Just competing for the Panthers this winter was a bit of a surprise considering his coach Doug Schwab was forced to drop Colon — a national qualifier and No. 5 seed in 2012 — from last year’s team because of academic and personal problems. But Colon responded to the challenge by eventually winning 30 of 31 matches this winter (with the only loss coming against Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius in the Las Vegas Invitational).
But Ramos — a runner-up to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber in last year’s NCAA final — is ready for another shot at Colon in Oklahoma City, especially after he defeated Graff for the Big Ten championship. Since losing to Colon, the Hawkeye has won 13 straight matches to raise his season’s record to 27-2. And he has 12 pins this year.
But don’t count out Graff and Schopp, who also earned All-American honors last season. Graff, who lost in overtime to Ramos, settled for third place after defeating Schopp, 6-3, in the consolation final.
The Fighting Scot has compiled an impressive 31-1 record, which includes a 3-2 victory over Ramos on Dec. 5 and most recently an Eastern Wrestling League championship. Schopp also has pinned 13 foes this winter.
Oklahoma State’s Jon Morrison, who finished fifth nationally in 2013, enters the NCAAs with a Big 12 championship, 25-1 record and is seeded No. 4.
Perhaps the hungriest to taste All-American honors again is Purdue’s Cashe Quiroga, who finished sixth back in 2010. He qualified again in 2012 but failed to place, then sat out last season because of injuries.