“It’s a good and bad feeling,” Heil said. “I’m unhappy that I’m ending this season with a loss, but placing fourth behind three seniors who were all All-Americans at one point, and technically all finalists at one point, it’s definitely a motivational boost. I just can’t be satisfied. I’ve got to take what I’ve learned from the tournament and go back into the room and work on what I need to work on.”
At 174 pounds, 12th-seed Crutchmer finished fifth, defeating an Iowa Hawkeye to close out his sophomore campaign. Facing Mike Evans, the three seed, Crutchmer went to his third-consecutive overtime match. With the bout still tied, 1-1, after sudden victory, Crutchmer rode out Evans in the first tiebreaker one period and went on to win the match with an escape in the second TB1 period. Crutchmer finished the season 22-8 with seven wins over ranked opponents.
“It’s Iowa-OSU, there’s a lot of bad blood and a lot of respect, and to win that match for the fans and my family, it’s always good,” Crutchmer said. “To win in that fashion in the tournament is something I can build off of. I’ve had some hiccups here and there this tournament, but I think that’s something I’ll work on and improve and come back next year.”
Crutchmer nearly reached the third-place match, but fell earlier in a hard-fought battle to No. 6 seed Logan Storley of Minnesota. The Cowboy trailed 4-1 entering the final period, but came back and appeared to have won with a late takedown. After a long review from a Minnesota challenge, however, an earlier call was overturned and the bout went into overtime, where Storley scored a nearfall to close the first tiebreaker and earn a 9-7 decision.
Klimara finished a breakout season with a seventh-place finish at 125 pounds. Klimara saw No. 11 Jordan Conaway of Penn State in his final bout of the tournament. The Cowboy trailed 4-2 entering the third period, but picked up a quick escape to cut the Nittany Lion’s lead. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Klimara countered a shot from Conaway and earned the takedown to win it, 5-4. The junior wrapped up a 24-7 season and his first All-America honor.
“It’s nice, especially after my third year here,” Klimara said. “It’s nice to All-American. It’s not the place I wanted, but it’s still nice to get on the podium. It’s a great feeling. (Heading into the Conaway match), I just knew I had to stick to my offense, keep scoring, keep him off my legs and just keep fighting until the period was over. He’s a tough guy. He doesn’t really gas, so you’ve just got to keep wrestling against him.”
Alex Dieringer will take to the mat tonight to face No. 6 Taylor Walsh of Indiana in the 165-pound finals. The finals are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the 149-pound bout.
NCAA DI Wrestling Championships
Session Five (March 21, 2015)
Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Mo.)
Attendance – 18,797
Third-Place Match Results 141: No. 4 Devin Carter (VT) MD No. 14 Dean Heil (OSU), 17-8
Fifth-Place Match Results 174: No. 12 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. No. 3 Mike Evans (IOWA), 2-1
Seventh-Place Match Results 125: No. 7 Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. No. 11 Jordan Conaway (PSU), 5-4
Consolation Semifinals Results 141: No. 14 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Kevin Jack (NCST), 12-6 174: No. 6 Logan Storley (MINN) dec. No. 12 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU), 9-7 TB1
Consolation fifth round results 125: Conor Youtsey (MICH) dec. No. 7 Eddie Klimara (OSU), 3-2 141: No. 14 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 7 Anthony Ashnault (RUT), 9-4