NCAA 3rd Place 165lb Evan Wick University of Wisconsin

By TomM March 17, 2018 12:35

NCAA 3rd Place 165lb Evan Wick University of Wisconsin


165 Pounds Evan Wick (29-7) 3rd Place
2018 NCAA Championships Cleveland, Ohio (March 15-17)

Championship Round 1 – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by dec. Drew Daniels (Navy) 29-7 (Dec 11-4)
Championship Round 2 – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by dec. Logan Massa (Michigan) 17-8 (Dec 9-6)
Quarterfinal – David McFadden (Virginia Tech) 35-2 won by dec. Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 (Dec 3-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by fall Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) 25-12 (Fall 3:17)
Cons. Round 5 – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by dec. Jonathon Chavez (Cornell) 23-6 (Dec 9-2)
Cons. Semi – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by major dec. Alex Marinelli (Iowa) 19-6 (MD 16-3)
3rd Place – Evan Wick (UW) 29-7 won by fall Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven) 45-4 (Fall 3:19)

Full Results

Freshman Phenom: Wick takes bronze in his first NCAA tournament

Wick defeats Marinelli and Marsteller, sends Coach Davis out a winner taking third at 165 pounds
Final Standings
1. Penn State-141.5 points
2. Ohio State-133.5
3. Iowa-97
4. Michigan-80
4. NC State-80
6. Missouri-61.5
7. Cornell-48
8. Virginia Tech-47.5
9. Nebraska-47
10. Arizona State-43
17. Wisconsin-27.5
CLEVELAND, OHIO- Day three of the 2018 NCAA Championships in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio concluded on a high note Saturday, as freshman and No. 10 seed Evan Wick beat his seed and then some, placing third in the country at 165 pounds after two big victories. Wick received a roar from the 19,267 fans in attendance and hugs from his coaches when he locked in the cradle on Lock Haven’s No. 9 seed Chance Marsteller for the clinching pin.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to be the last wrestler in college to wrestle for Coach Barry,” Wick said in his post-match interview. “I love him so much. He’s got an incredible passion for the sport, he’s very innovative. A lot of the stuff that I’m doing out here I wouldn’t be able to do without Coach Barry, so I love him, wish him the best and will always be in contact.”

What commenced after Wick’s victory was a touching standing ovation from the crowd for Coach Davis, with the 25-year leader of the Badgers giving his signature fist pump and salute as he walked off the mat.

Wick made these moments possible when he began the day facing off with Iowa’s 165-pound freshman phenom and No. 5 seed Alex Marinelli. Wick struck first, recording a takedown just over a minute into the match, but Marinelli came back and took the lead 3-2 with an escape and takedown. Wick escaped before the buzzer, tying the score at 3 at the end of the first period. The second period is where the Badger took over, recording a takedown and locking in a cradle to get a pair of four-point near falls, part of a 10-0 scoring run that put the match at a 13-3 Wisconsin advantage. Wick rode out Marinelli for the entire third, recording another two points from stalling and riding time en route to a 15-3 major decision victory.

The Murrieta, California native then faced the No. 9 seed Chance Marsteller (44-4) of Lockhaven in the third place bout Saturday afternoon, where things began in Marsteller’s favor. The Bald Eagle opened with a 4-1 lead, scoring two takedowns on Wick in the first period. Wick chose top to begin the second and would do to Marsteller exactly what he did to Minnesota’s Nick Wanzek the night before to become an All-American: Use his lanky, 6-foot-2-inch frame to wrap around his opponent and get the cradle locked in for the pin.

Evan Wick‘s NCAA Championships
1. No. 10 Evan Wick def. Drew Daniels (Navy) by dec. (11-4) (Championships Round 1)
2. No. 10 Evan Wick def. No. 7 Logan Massa (Michigan) by dec. (9-6) (Round of 16)
3. No. 2 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) def. Evan Wickby dec. (3-0) (Quarterfinals)
4. No. 10 Evan Wick def. No. 12 Nick Wanzek (Minnesota) by fall (3:17) (Consolation of 8 #2)-Became All-American
5. No. 10 Evan Wick def. No. 5 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) by major decision (15-3) (Consolation semi-finals)
6. No. 10 Evan Wick def. No. 9 Chance Martseller (Lock Haven) by fall (3:20) (Third-place match)

Evan Wick: The Freshman All-American

Wick becomes All-American by defeating Minnesota’s Nick Wanzek

CLEVELAND, OHIO- The second day of the NCAA Championships at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio was a tough one for Wisconsin wrestling, but a shining light came in the form of an All-American victory for freshman Evan Wick. With that win, this is the 14th-consecutive year that UW has had an All-American wrestler.

1. Penn State          120.5
2. Ohio State           109.5
3. Iowa                     86.5
4. Michigan              73.5
5.NC State               69.5
6.Missouri                51.5
7. Virginia Tech        44.5
8. Cornell                 43
9. Rutgers                42.5
10. Arizona State     37
20. Wisconsin        20


Evan Wick-165 pounds-Alive in consolation of 4

Coming into the day 2-0, freshman and No. 10 seed Evan Wick began session three in the quarterfinals with a close 3-0 decision loss against the undefeated No. 3 seed David McFadden. He was placed in the consolation bracket, needing one win to find a place on the podium Friday evening.

In his next match, he squared off with Minnesota’s No. 12 seed Nick Wanzek. Wick began his bout by taking down his opponent within the first 20 seconds. Wanzek would turn the momentum in his favor, however, escaping, scoring a takedown and riding out Wick for a 3-2 lead and 1:44 of riding time. Wanzek chose bottom to begin the second, but that would be his undoing, as the 6-foot-2-inch Badger would work his lengthy wingspan in to lock in a cradle and pin the Gopher 17 seconds into the second period. Wick joined alumni Isaac Jordan, Andrew Howe, and Donny Pritzlaff as the only freshmen to become an All-American at the 165-pound weight class.


Wick wrestled once again on Friday night, this time in the consolation of four against Cornell’s No. 16 seed Jonathan Chavez. The Murrieta, California native poured on the offense, tallying two takedowns and a two-point nearfall in the first two periods, while keeping Chavez scoreless. Chavez would make one final push late in the third, but Wick pulled out the 9-2 decision victory. Wick will be vying for a spot in the third-place match when he faces Iowa’s Alex Marinelli in the consolation semis in session five tomorrow.

Ricky Robertson-184 pounds-Eliminated from tournament

Going 1-1 in day one, senior Ricky Robertson faced off with Chattanooga’s No. 12 seed Bryce Carr. Robertson and Carr would not give any space until the third period, when Carr scored a late takedown to seal the victory and eliminate Robertson.

Andrew Crone-157 pounds-Eliminated from tournament

After also going 1-1 in day one, senior Andrew Crone faced and fell to Minnesota’s Jake Short by a 3-1 decision. The two were tied going into short time of the third period, but Short secured a takedown with :09 left to get the victory and end Crone’s weekend.

Hunter Ritter-197 pounds-Eliminated from tournament

Posting a 1-1 slate after sessions one and two, sophomore Hunter Ritter faced a tough opponent in his first action on Friday in the No. 7 seed Frank Mattiace of Penn. Ritter was unable to establish an offense against Mattiace, and fell by a 4-2 decision, ending his sophomore season.

Ryan Christensen-174 pounds-Eliminated from tournament

Falling to Forrest Przybysz of Applachian State and rebounding with a win over Columbia’s Tyrel White, Ryan Christensen was eliminated from the tournament after suffering a close 5-3 decision to the No. 11 seed David Kocer of South Dakota State.

Eli Stickley-141 pounds-Eliminated from tournament

Avenging an earlier season loss by defeating Purdue’s Nate Limmex in the first round of the championships, Eli Stickley dropped his last two matches with the eliminating loss coming to Indiana’s Cole Weaver by a 6-2 decision.

Day three and session five of the NCAA Championships will begin at 11 a.m. ET inside the Quicken Loans center, beginning with the consolation of four matches, then the seventh, fifth and third place bouts. Action will be shown and streamed on ESPN, with live updates coming from Wisconsin Wrestling’s official Twitter, @Badgerwrestling

By Andrew Cervantes-Kerwin UW Athletics
By TomM March 17, 2018 12:35


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