A four-time All-American, two-time national champion, and 2016 NCAA runner-up, Nick Gwiazdowski's NC State wrestling career came to an end in the finals of the 2016 NCAA Championships.
In a battle of the top two seeds, Gwiazdowski fell to Kyle Snyder of Ohio State, the reigning World Freestyle Champion, 7-5, in extra time in the final bout of the championships.
The two heavyweights battled through a scoreless first period. Gwiazdowski started the second down, and escaped in eight seconds. He then countered a Snyder shot with the bout's first takedown, and was up 3-0 before Snyder escaped late in the period.
Snyder chose down to start the third, and his escape brought the score to 3-2. Snyder again went for a shot, and Gwiazdowski countered once again to take a 5-2 lead midway through, followed by a Snyder escape with 59 seconds left.
With 20 seconds left, Snyder connected on his first takedown of the match, and held the ankle to ride out the period and send it into the OT tied 5-5.
In the extra time, Snyder got in on Gwiazdowski's ankle and double-hooked his thighs for the match winning take down.
Gwiazdowski finishes his career a four-time All-American, first at Binghamton then last three at NC State. He is only the fourth Wolfpack wrestler to earn three All-American honors, and the first since 1991-93 (Chris Kwortnik and Sylvester Terkay).
Gwiazdowski was the lone ACC wrestler to reach the 2016 NCAA finals.
Gwiazdowski teamed with redshirt-senior Tommy Gantt (8th place - 157 pounds) and junior Pete Renda (3rd place - 184 pounds) to give NC State three All-Americans this year.
NC State's three All-Americans tie as the most in school history (1992). The Wolfpack has not had an All-American in three straight years since 1991-93, and the total of six All-Americans over the last three seasons is the most in a three-year span since 1991-93.
As a team, NC State finished in 11th place, the best finish since a school-best seventh in 1993. This season marks the sixth time that NC State has finished 11th or higher at the NCAA Championships. Over the last three seasons, NC State has finished 19th in 2014, 16th in 2015 and 11th this season.