Trent and Travis Paulson came into
There was no score until the third
Paulson escaped to start the
period and instantly took Zinch down for a 3-0 lead. Zinch escaped to cut
Manotti scored a late TD late in
the first period and never looked back in an 8-2 loss for
"He scored a couple times right at
the end of the period. That was kind of a pivotal point in the match. I just got
to give him credit," commented
A failed attempt to turn Manotti
on his back late in the third period resulted in another Manotti TD and a
fourth-place finish for
"Disappointed with how it finished out but there was some good things to take home, and we still got a lot of work to do."
"I woke up this morning and felt
like I got hit by a truck. Kind of a crappy day today," commented
Travis's rough start to the morning didn't get any better. He couldn't put it together this morning in either of his matches, starting with his match with Abdurakhmanov of American.
Abdurakmanov controlled the match throughout with two TDs and three near fall points to capture a victory over Travis Paulson, 7-2
Travis took on the Bracamonte of Oregon in his fifth-place match. Bracamonte started the match with a TD in the first period but Travis promptly escaped to make it 2-1, Bracamonte after the first period.
Travis escaped to start the second period to tie the match up at 2-2. The score remained tied after two periods.
Bracamonte reversed Paulson to take the lead at 4-2, but Paulson escaped with 48 seconds to go in the match and in a 4-3 hole. Bracamonte started to wrestle a defensive match, but Travis nearly managed a TD in the closing seconds. Time expired and Travis had to settle for sixth-place.
"That kid just wouldn't wrestle me. He just pretty much danced around the whole match. He just circled and kind of backed up, and I would stock him, but if I got over aggressive he would just dive in from a ways away."
Note-Bracamonte is the only wrestler to beat Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State (the returning national champion) this year.