NCAA Wrestling Championships Update
March 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -
All three advanced to the championship round of 16 before bowing out. LeBlanc finishes his redshirt junior campaign at 24-10 overall, including six pins, four major decisions and a tech fall.
Walsh racked up a team-high 30 wins and eight falls. The redshirt sophomore also added three major decisions, two tech falls and six victories coming over nationally-ranked opponents. He opened the NCAAs by blanking 3-seed Joseph Napoli in the opening round.
Chalfant posts a 27-11 overall mark with a team-high seven major decision in his second season donning the Cream and Crimson. He posted five wins over nationally-ranked opponents and earned the number 12 seed at the NCAAs. Chalfant, LeBlanc and Walsh all return for the 2013-14 season in search of third straight NCAA qualification, All-America status and national championships.
COMPLETE HOOSIER RESULTS
DAY ONE RECAP
All three advanced to the round of 16 with victories in the championship first round, including Walsh's blanking of 3rd-seeded Joseph Napoli (Lehigh), 6-0. LeBlanc tallied two wins to earn his spot in the second round after emerging from the 165-pound pigtail match.
LeBlanc's pigtail bout extended into a tiebreaker. After holding down Central Michigan's Mike Ottinger for 30 seconds, LeBlanc not only escaped from his turn in the bottom position, but also notched a takedown for the 5-3 triumph.
The next Hoosier `W' came when Walsh shutout the 3rd-seeded 157-pounder for his 30th win of the season. It was a bit of redemption for Walsh, avenging a 4-3 defeat to Napoli earlier this season in the semifinals of the Midlands. Neither man was able to score in the first period and Walsh kept it scoreless by riding out Napoli for the entire second stanza. Walsh elected to start in the bottom position for the third frame. He nailed a reversal and turned Napoli for three near-fall points. Tack on a riding time advantage point and Walsh earned the 6-0 winner.
LeBlanc returned to the mat next, facing Navy's Peyton Walsh. The redshirt junior Hoosier jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the opening minute. He would take down the Midshipman once more before his 6-1 decision came to an end.
Chalfant, seeded 12th at heavyweight, reached the round of 16 with an 8-3 decision over Jacob Kettle (George Mason). It was all locked up until Chalfant tallied two takedowns and an escape in the second period to go ahead 5-1. He added a third takedown late in the third and final frame.
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