Wrestler Keller Set for All-America Honors Saturday
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. --- Matt Keller is on the verge of earning his second consecutive All-America medal at the 2007 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Fifth-seeded Keller, who claimed All-America status last season by finishing in eighth place, will wrestle Cal Poly’s sixth-seeded Darrell Vasquez Saturday morning for the right to wrestle in the third-place match or the fifth-place match. Keller is guaranteed to finish anywhere from third through sixth place. The top eight placers in each weight class are All-Americas.

With a national-best nine qualifiers in the Nationals, the Mocs went deeper in the tournament than any year previously in the Division I era. They have a chance for their best team finish since a tie for 14th place in 1983.

Six Mocs advanced to the fifth round of the consolations Friday. Javier Maldonado was eliminated by fifth-seeded Charlie Falck of Iowa, 8-0 at 125 pounds. Eighth-seeded Aaron Martin lost to Harvard’s Max Meltzer at 149, Jake Yost dropped a 5-3 decision to Matt Molcher of Pittsburgh at 157, and heavyweight Matt Koz was knocked out by Northwestern’s Dustin Fox, 2-1.

Michael Keefe, an All-America in 2005, was one of a handful of unseeded wrestlers to make the championship bracket quarterfinals. After defeating two seeded wrestlers, No. 10 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin and No. 7 Brandon Rader of West Virginia, Keefe was sent to the consolation bracket by second-seeded Derek Moore of Cal State-Davis, losing 8-4. Keefe’s ride ended with a 13-9 loss to Harvard’s Max Meltzer.

Yost was 4-2 in the tournament. Maldonado, Martin and Koz each went 3-2. T.J. Sayers (165), Lloyd Rogers (174) and Josh Edmondson (184) were eliminated Friday morning.

Keller advanced to the championship quarterfinals before dropping to the consolations by a 6-4 overtime loss to Oklahoma’s Coleman Scott, the fourth seed. Keller defeated Old Dominion’s Christian Staylor, 7-5, and Indiana’s Andrae Hernandez, 9-2. He will be UTC’s fourth All-America in the past three seasons and 11th in the Division I era since 1978.

The battle for the team title is between defending National Champion Minnesota and Iowa State. The Gophers lead the Cyclones 66 points to 62.5.

125 - (1)Sam Hazewinkel (Oklahoma) maj. dec. Javier Maldonado (UTC), 8-0
Consolations: Maldonado dec. Matthew Fisk (Lehigh), 5-3; Maldonado dec. Collin Cudd (Wisconsin), 7-1; Maldonado dec. Mike Sees (Bloomsburg), 4-3; (5)Charlie Falck (Iowa) maj. dec. Maldonado, 8-0

133 - (5)Matt Keller (UTC) dec. Kyle Anson (Northern Iowa), 9-6; Keller pinned (12)Robert Preston (Harvard), 4:47; Quarterfinals: (4)Coleman Scott (Oklahoma) dec. Keller, 6-4 ot
Consolations: Keller dec. Christian Staylor (Old Dominion), 7-5; Keller dec. Andrae Hernandez (Indiana), 9-2

141 - Michael Keefe (UTC) dec. (10)Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin), 12-10 ot; Keefe dec. (7)Brandon Rader (West Virginia), 14-13; Quarterfinals: (2)Derek Moore (Cal State-Davis) dec. Keefe, 8-4
Consolations: Max Meltzer (Harvard) dec. Keefe, 13-9

149 - (8)Aaron Martin (UTC) dec. Joe Caramanica (N.C. State), 10-4
Tyler Turner (Wisconsin) dec. Martin, 6-0
Consolations: Martin dec. John Cox (Navy), 8-1; Martin dec. Matt Moley (Bloomsburg), 3-1; J.P. O’Connor (Harvard) dec. Martin, 6-3

157 - Jake Yost (UTC) dec. Zac Frying (West Virginia), 9-3; (10)Moza Fay (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. Yost, 11-0
Consolations: Yost dec. Devan Mesanko (Columbia), 3-2; Yost dec. John Jarred (Navy), 8-2; Yost dec. Will Rowe (Oklahoma), 6-4; Matt Kocher (Pittsburgh) dec. Martin, 5-3

165 - Justin Fraga (Purdue) maj. dec. T.J. Sayers (UTC), 16-8
Consolations: Daniel Atondo (Cal State-Bakersfield) dec. T.J. Sayers, 11-9

174 - (1)Ben Askren (Missouri) pins Lloyd Rogers (UTC), 6:24
Consolations: Rogers dec. Nathan Lee (Boise State), 5-2; (6)Kenneth Cook (Cal State-Davis) maj. dec. Rogers, 16-3

184 - (4)Tyrel Todd (Michigan) maj. dec. Josh Edmondson (UTC), 20-7
Consolations: Edmondson dec. Nathan Shirk (Bloomsburg), 6-4 OT; (3)Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) maj. dec. Edmondson, 17-5

285 - Matt Koz (UTC) dec. John Wise (Illinois), 5-2; (3)Ryan Gritter (Central Michigan) dec. Koz, 2-1
Consolations: Koz def. Josh Buck (Indiana), inj. Default 2:38; Koz dec. Ed Prendergast (Navy), 6-2; Dustin Fox (Northwestern) dec. Koz, 2-1

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