Walsh Sets All-Time IU Record En Route to Midlands Semifinals Appearance
Dec. 30, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - Redshirt junior Taylor Walsh extended his current pinning streak to 14 straight matches and broke an all-time Indiana University record with 21 falls on the season, pushing into the Midlands 157-pound semifinals on Day One of the competition. Ethan Raley (141 lbs) and Ryan LeBlanc (165 lbs) also remain in contention to place at the prestigious event, each winning three of four bouts on Sunday.
Walsh's 42nd career pin moved him into a tie with four-time All-American and national champion Angel Escobedo (2006-09) for the second most falls in school history. The all-time top mark is held by Viktor Sveda (1998-2002) with 47 pins. Rob Chamberlin's 22-year record of 19 pins during the 1981 season has been bypassed by Walsh's 21 thus far. The Cherry Hill, N.J., native still has the entire Big Ten schedule, SIUE Duals and postseason action to distance himself atop the record books.
Walsh will face defending Midlands champion Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) in the semifinals during Session III on Monday.
Raley was triumphant in each of his first three bouts, thrusting into the 141-pound quarterfinals before running into No. 1 Mitchell Port of Edinboro. Raley begins Day Two four wins away from a third-place showing and just one raised hand from guaranteeing his spot on the stand.
The Big Ten's leader in major decisions (t-2nd nationally), Ryan LeBlanc, added to that total with a pair of majors on Sunday. His season total is now nine majors and he, too, is four wins from third place and a lone besting from placing at Midlands.
The short-handed Hoosiers sit in 11th place of the 40-plus team field despite being represented in only eight of 10 weight classes. NCAA Qualifiers Joe Duca and Adam Chalfant fell ill and were forced to withdraw from the competition. Indiana ends Day One ahead of the following nationally-ranked opponents: #19/20 Lehigh (12th place), -/#14 Virginia Tech (19th), -/#25 Rider (t-17th) and #25/- North Dakota State (14th).
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