Ashley Fox: The always-optimistic Anthony Robles became an NCAA wrestling champion at 125 pounds, beating the Division I reigning champion in that weight class, Matt McDonough of Iowa, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Gonzo: One of the best coaches Philadelphia has ever known isn't known by Philadelphia at all. Among active coaches, no one has more wins than Jack Childs, who is fifth on the all-time Division I wrestling list.
Sonny Yohn said he let himself down on Thursday when he lost in the second round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships and went into his Friday match looking for redemption.
The Minnesota junior scored a 5-3 win in the wrestleback round over Oregon State’s Chade Hanke. Yohn took over in the third period as he outscored his opponent 3-1. In the period, he sensed fatigue in Hanke and was able to take advantage of it.
Penn’s Stephan Burak quickly glanced at the scoreboard to see he held a 1-0 lead with 21 seconds left in his wrestleback match at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Wells Fargo Center. But what Burak was focused on was his amount of riding time and how close he was to gaining the extra point awarded when a wrestler’s riding time surpasses one minute, 30 seconds.
In Friday morning’s wrestleback round, Virginia’s Derek Valenti said he used the mindset of “do-or-die” to pull out a one point victory after trailing Buffalo’s Desi Green 3-1 with just over 10 seconds left at 149 pounds.
The junior scored a takedown with nine seconds left, then scored an escape before the buzzer to finish the match with a 4-3 lead and earn himself a spot in the next round of Friday afternoon’s wrestlebacks.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - It's no surprise that wrestling, the most basic of sports, enjoys its greatest popularity here.
If America is a colorful quilt, Iowa is the plain woolen square at its center. Like the wrestlers they worship, residents here tend to be strong, simple, in touch with the ground.