Paulsons Take Fourth and Fifth at Nationals

Trent and Travis Paulson came into the Ford Center this morning with the chance for a third-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. The twin brothers fell short of their goals with Trent finishing in fourth-place and Travis taking a fifth-place finish.


 

Trent and Travis Paulson came into the Ford Center this morning with the chance for a third-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. The twin brothers fell short of their goals with Trent finishing in fourth-place and Travis taking a fifth-place finish. The team remained in 14th place (44.5 points) with a chance to move up to 12th with a Gallick victory tonight.

 

Trent Paulson

 

There was no score until the third period of Trent's first match of the morning with Zinck of Lehigh, but that all changed in the third period.

 

Paulson escaped to start the period and instantly took Zinch down for a 3-0 lead. Zinch escaped to cut Trent's lead to 3-1 but Trent sealed the win with another third period TD. With riding time, Trent advanced with a 6-1 win.

 

W 6-1

 

Trent then took on a tough Manotti of Cornell in his third-place match.

 

Manotti scored a late TD late in the first period and never looked back in an 8-2 loss for Trent.

 

"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 Trent after his fourth-place finish.

 

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 Trent.

 

"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."

 

L 8-2

 

Travis Paulson

 

"I woke up this morning and felt like I got hit by a truck. Kind of a crappy day today," commented Trent after two losses moved him down to a sixth-place finish.

 

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."

 

L 4-3

   

Note-Bracamonte is the only wrestler to beat Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State (the returning national champion) this year.  

 

 

 


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