Wrestling: Williamson Falls Short

  • March 19, 2010 09:45 PM
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By Ira Green for MSNsportsNET.com
March 19, 2010

  • 2010 NCAA Championships Results

      Brandon Williamson

    OMAHA, Neb. – West Virginia University wrestler Brandon Williamson fell one victory short of becoming the Mountaineers’ first heavyweight All-American at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday.

    A Riverside, Conn., native, Williamson had a tough start on day two of the tournament, dropping an 8-2 decision to the No. 2 seed, Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State.

    Falling to the wrestleback bracket, Williamson was matched up against the No. 11 seed, Mitch Monteiro of Cal-State Bakersfield. Williamson took the lead with an escaped point in the second, but Monteiro tied the match at one apiece in the third with an escape. After going scoreless in sudden victory, Monteiro elected down in the first tiebreaker. He recorded a reversal and went up 3-1, heading into the second tiebreaker. Williamson elected down, but was unable to break free, falling by the aforementioned score.

    Williamson won consecutive matches on day one of the tournament, defeating two seeded wrestlers – No. 7 seed Jarod Trice of Central Michigan and No. 10 seed Dominick Russo of Rutgers.

    Before the end of day two, the Mountaineers are tied with Drexel for 47th place with five points.

    Williamson finished the season with a 20-9 overall record. The junior college transfer took second at the Eastern Wrestling League Championships and qualified for his first NCAA Division I national tournament.

    #2 seed Jared Rosholt (Oklahoma State) dec. Brandon Williamson (WVU), 8-2
    #11 seed Mitch Monteiro (Cal-State Bakersfield) dec. Brandon Williamson (WVU), 3-1 (t.b.)

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