Keller, seeded fifth at 133, defeated sixth-seeded Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly, 5-2 Saturday morning to advance to the third-place match. Top-seeded Nick Simmons of Michigan State scored an 8-0 major decision over Keller, and Keller finished fourth. The McDonald, Tenn., native placed eighth last season for his first All-America status.
Keller ended up with a 5-2 record in the national tournament and concluded the season with a 33-4 overall record.
The Mocs compiled 29.5 team points, the most in the program’s NCAA Division I era, which began in 1978. UTC finished in 20th place, and that would give Chris Bono’s team the top NCAA finish in the school's Division I era.
UTC tied National Champion Minnesota with a national-best nine qualifiers in the Nationals entering the tournament. And the Mocs went farther at Nationals than any year previously in the Division I era.
Six Mocs advanced to the fifth round of the consolations Friday including Javier Maldonado at 125 pounds, eighth-seeded Aaron Martin at 149, Jake Yost at 157 and heavyweight Matt Koz.
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.
Yost went 4-2 in the tournament. Maldonado, Martin and Koz each were 3-2. T.J. Sayers (165), Lloyd Rogers (174) and Josh Edmondson (184) were eliminated Friday morning.
UTC INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
133 - Consolation semifinals: (5)Matt Keller (UTC) dec. (6)Darrell Vasquez (Cal Poly), 5-2
Third Place match: (1)Nick Simmons (Michigan State) maj. dec Keller, 8-0
(Keller places fourth)
Thursday and Friday
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