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    NCAA WRESTLING UPDATE: Powless Tallies Win #124

    Go Hoosiers! Ryan LeBlanc
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    Ryan LeBlanc
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    March 15, 2012

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Senior wrestler Matt Powless concluded his Hoosier career Friday afternoon, racking up 124 wins in four seasons. The Powless win total is the fifth-most in Indiana University history, surpassing Coyte Cooper (2000-04) with his final victory.

    Ryan LeBlanc and Taylor Walsh ended their 2011-12 campaigns during Session III as well. Powless and LeBlanc were each victorious in their opening bouts on Friday before bowing out of the competition in the next round.

    LeBlanc was on the mat for nearly 10 minutes in his first match, taking on Wyoming's Patrick Martinez. Despite a high volume of shots for both wrestlers, no takedowns were tallied and it was a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. The stalemate continued past sudden victory, forcing a tiebreaker. Nothing was solved following the tiebreaker either, setting the stage for a second sudden victory period. That's when LeBlanc transitioned smoothly from a front headlock into an outside single leg. As Martinez sprawled, LeBlanc got underneath, lifted, and popped out the back end for match-clinching takedown.

    Powless didn't need nearly as much time getting his first `W' in Session III over John Weakley of Campbell. After building an 8-2 lead in the first three and a half minutes, Powless stepped over Weakley from a whizzer position and pressed him to the mat for a fall at the 3:50 mark. That triumph was #124 for Powless and gave him sole possession of fifth place all-time at IU.

    Needing just two more wins to reach the All-America stand, LeBlanc and Powless both got caught for a pin in amidst close bouts. Both were trailing by a lone point when the fall occurred. LeBlanc's pin was a bit of an oddity as his opponent, Curran Jacobs (Michigan State), was sitting on his behind when LeBlanc's shoulders made contact with the mat. Powless, meanwhile, was the victim of an Andrew Campollatano (Ohio State) inside trip that sent Powless straight to his back.

     

     

    COMPLETE HOOSIER RESULTS
    Session III:
    149 lbs. - Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) dec. #11 Taylow Walsh (IU), 7-4
    174 lbs. - Ryan LeBlanc (IU) dec. Patrick Martinez (Wyoming), 5-3 (SV2)
    174 lbs. - Curran Jacobs (Michigan State) pins Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 4:47
    197 lbs. - #8 Matt Powless (IU) pins John Weakley (Campbell), 3:51
    197 lbs. - Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) pins #8 Matt Powless (IU), 4:37

    Session II:
    149 lbs. - #11 Taylor Walsh (IU) pins Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga), 1:02
    174 lbs. - #7 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) dec. Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 6-1
    197 lbs. - #9 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) dec. #8 Matt Powless (IU), 7-6
    285 lbs. - Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State) dec. Adam Chalfant (IU), 6-4 (SV2)

    Session I:
    149 lbs. - Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) dec. #11 Taylor Walsh (IU), 10-9
    174 lbs. - Ryan LeBlanc (IU) dec. #10 Te Edwards (Old Dominion), 4-1
    197 lbs. - #8 Matt Powless (IU) dec. James Fox (Harvard), 12-8
    285 lbs. - #4 Zachary Rey (Lehigh) dec. Adam Chalfant (6-4), 6-4 (SV1)

    As a team, the Hoosiers were tied for 34th place at the conclusion of Session III. Complete results and final team standings will be posted after the Championships come to an end.

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    SESSION II RECAP
    Three Hoosiers remain in contention for All-America status after Day One of the 2012 NCAA Championships. Taylor Walsh (149 lbs.), Ryan LeBlanc (174 lbs.) and Matt Powless (197 lbs.) are each three wins away from reaching the All-American stand.

    COMPLETE HOOSIER RESULTS
    Session II:
    149 lbs. - #11 Taylor Walsh (IU) pins Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga), 1:02
    174 lbs. - #7 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) dec. Ryan LeBlanc (IU), 6-1
    197 lbs. - #9 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) dec. #8 Matt Powless (IU), 7-6
    285 lbs. - Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State) dec. Adam Chalfant (IU), 6-4 (SV2)

    Session I:
    149 lbs. - Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) dec. #11 Taylor Walsh (IU), 10-9
    174 lbs. - Ryan LeBlanc (IU) dec. #10 Te Edwards (Old Dominion), 4-1
    197 lbs. - #8 Matt Powless (IU) dec. James Fox (Harvard), 12-8
    285 lbs. - #4 Zachary Rey (Lehigh) dec. Adam Chalfant (6-4), 6-4 (SV1)

    Walsh wasted little time in his Session II bout, sticking his opponent in just 62 seconds. His pin of Chattanooga's Dean Pavlou marked the 13th fall for Walsh this season, etching his name into the IU record books. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native now owns a share of 10th place all-time for pins in a season at Indiana; pulling even with Paul Young (2010) and Nick Walpole (2009).

    He notched a takedown just 10 seconds into the match and quickly executed a cradle to turn Pavlou. Once turned, Walsh jammed his right knee into Pavlou's oblique and used his left leg to lock down Pavlou's far leg and flatten him out for the fall.

    Powless and Chalfant both suffered close defeats in Session II. Powless dropped a 7-6 decision to #9 Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming in the second round of the championship bracket. The match was tied 6-6 heading to the third period, but Hernandez notched the lone point of the final frame on an escape.

    Chalfant, meanwhile, went into sudden victory for the second time in as many matches. In fact, one sudden victory and a tiebreaker weren't enough to decide a winner in his bout against Oklahoma State's Austin Mardsen. The Cowboy finally ended it with a takedown in sudden victory number two, posting a 4-2 decision and ending Chalfant's tournament.

    Session III is set to begin at 11 a.m. eastern, 10 a.m. local. Head to www.twitter.com/iuwrestling1 for up-to-the-minute details on how the Hoosiers are faring.


    SESSION I RECAP
    Indiana split its four bouts in Session I of the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ryan LeBlanc and No. 8 Matt Powless were victors while Adam Chalfant forced overtime against the defending national champion in his opening match.

    COMPLETE HOOSIER RESULTS
    Session I:
    149 lbs. - Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) dec. #11 Taylor Walsh (IU), 10-9
    174 lbs. - Ryan LeBlanc (IU) dec. #10 Te Edwards (Old Dominion), 4-1
    197 lbs. - #8 Matt Powless (IU) dec. James Fox (Harvard), 12-8
    285 lbs. - #4 Zachary Rey (Lehigh) dec. Adam Chalfant (6-4), 6-4 (SV1)

    Taylor Walsh, seeded 11th at 149 lbs., was the first Hoosier to take the mat in St. Louis. It looked good early on as he built a 5-1 lead and owned a 90-plus second riding time advantage. It went downhill from there though with Bulser notching four takedowns in the final period and a half to squeeze by Walsh, 10-9.

    Next up was LeBlanc, knocking off his seeded opponent. Points were at a premium in this one. After a scoreless first frame, a LeBlanc escape was the only point tallied in the second period. Edwards, known for his ability to record near-fall points, couldn't turn LeBlanc and rode him for 1:02. It was LeBlanc's turn to start on top for the third period, holding on long enough to erase the riding time advantage.

    A wild scramble nearly resulted in the go-ahead reversal for Edwards, but LeBlanc limited it to just an escape. Moments later, Edwards was forced to take injury time and LeBlanc took advantage of a new rule this season which allowed him to start from the down position once action resumed. Following a quick escape, LeBlanc took care of the rest himself and sealed the deal with a takedown as time expired for the 4-1 winner.

    Powless found himself in an absolute dogfight in his first round bout. The lead changed several times and points flew off the board. Powless' third takedown late in the final period essentially ended it, giving him an 11-8 lead with the riding time point coming. The final score was 12-8 in favor of the returning All-American.

    Chalfant began his Hoosier career back in January facing the defending Big Ten champion heavyweight, Ben Rasing, in a dual match against Iowa. His NCAA debut took it one step further, pitting him against the defending NCAA Champion. And Chalfant did not back down from the challenge, out-shooting Lehigh's Zach Rey, eight-shots-to-none.

    His aggressiveness paid off early, planting Rey with an explosive double leg takedown in the first period to grab a 2-0 edge. Chalfant quickly became a fan favorite inside the Scottrade Center, picking up more and more cheers as he continued to fire off shots. In the end, Rey was able to record the final takedown, however, and tally the sudden victory. Chalfant got in deep once again before a counter by Rey ended the bout.

    Session II starts Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. eastern (6:30 central). Head to www.twitter.com/iuwrestling1 for up-to-the-minute details on how the Hoosiers are faring.

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