ST. LOUIS (March 16, 2017)
– Dylan Cottrell
posted a first-round win before falling in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.
Cottrell, the No. 8 seed at 165 pounds, won a 4-1 decision over Penn’s Brooks Martino in the first round of action on Thursday morning. He then fell to No. 9 seed Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State in the second later in the evening.
The Spencer, West Virginia, native will move to the consolation bracket, where he will wrestle either Ohio State’s Cody Burcher or Oklahoma’s Yoanse Mejias on Friday morning. He remains in contention to earn All-America honors and can still place as high as third.
“We came to wrestle this morning, but tonight we looked flat and not ready to go from the whistle,” said WVU coach Sammie Henson. “Tomorrow we need to come out, win the positions and attack. Dylan has the skills to make his dreams happen. He just needs to fight from the first whistle until the last.”
In his first bout of the day Cottrell scored a takedown with just over a minute remaining in the first, riding Martino throughout the remainder of the period for a 2-0 lead and 1:02 riding time. Deferring choice, he started the second period on top and rode Martino for more than 40 seconds. Martino escaped with 19 seconds remaining as Cottrell ended the period with a 2-1 lead and 2:41 advantage time. Cottrell started the third in the defensive position and escaped 20 seconds into to pad his lead at 3-1. Martino was awarded a last-second takedown, but the call was reversed upon official review. Cottrell added the riding time point to claim the 4-1 decision.
In the second round, Rogers claimed an early 2-0 lead with a takedown just 15 seconds into action. Cottrell escaped soon after, but Rogers countered with another takedown. Cottrell fell to Rogers with 2:09 remaining in the first.
Session II consisting of championship quarterfinals and the second round of wrestlebacks will start at 11 a.m. ET on Friday. All mats will be shown live on ESPN3 and ESPNU with live scoring available through track wrestling.