Final Session NCAA Championships | Medbery brings home silver

By TomM March 18, 2017 21:55

Final Session NCAA Championships | Medbery brings home silver

Final Session NCAA Championships | Medbery brings home silver |

Abigail Ruckdashel | Wisconsin Wrestling Online | March 18, 2017

(St. Louis, MO) The lights were dimmed, “Immigrant Song” blared through the speakers and the lights followed along with the bass. Smoke filled the tunnel and flames shot out as Wisconsin’s Senior heavyweight, Connor Medbery, emerged from within looking to take care of some unfinished business.

In a rematch of the Big Ten Finals Connor Medbery (28-2) squared off with defending National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder, Ohio State (16-0). Snyder accounted for Medbery’s only loss heading into the championship. The nation’s top two heavyweights then took their respective spots on the mat.

“[It’s been a] great tournament. [Connor] is a good friend,” Snyder remarked in his post-match press conference.

In the opening period both men meticulously looked for their shots and bided their time looking for a position they liked. It wasn’t until the very end of the period when Snyder was able to get in on Medbery’s leg, lifting him and driving him to the mat for the first takedown. Medbery got away in short order.

In the second period Snyder chose down and escaped, extending his lead to 3-1. Later in the same period Snyder took Medbery down again, extending his lead to 5-1.

To start the third, Connor chose top looking to turn with his signature tilt to make up some points. Snyder escaped halfway through the period. Then in a change of events Medbery executed a slide by takedown bringing the score to a close 6-3. With under 30 seconds remaining Medbery tried, with all his might, to turn Snyder. Kyle held his own and that was it.

“You know, we tried some things. Picking top in the third period to turn him. It just didn’t work out,” Head Coach Barry Davis said.

In the end, Connor had an amazing season that ended in his second All-American finish. Medbery was the weight class leader in tech falls across the country and never lost a match in the regular season.

“He was team captain and a leader all the other guys in the room looked up to. Just great leadership,” Coach Davis said.

Coach Davis also looked forward to next season saying, “We’ve got seven of our qualifiers coming back next year. We are gonna give em Spring Break off, then come back, talk to them all individually and set a plan for next year. We aren’t going to wait till September. We are going to get things rolling again in the next two weeks.”

Connor, it’s been a pleasure getting to watch you. Pure class act. You really are one of the greatest to ever wear the “W” on your chest. We will miss you. Best of luck on everything in the future.


Photo Credit: Pam Ruschell

By TomM March 18, 2017 21:55