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NCAA wrestling wraps up with Iowa assured of title

March 22, 1997

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa’s Mike Uker captured third place Saturday at the NCAA wrestling championships as the Hawkeyes, who have clinched their third straight national title, had eight all-Americans.

Iowa captured its sixth crown in the last seven years after Friday’s rounds in which the Hawkeyes won an NCAA record 23 consecutive matches to pull away from the field. The Hawkeyes advanced six wrestlers into Saturday night’s championships.

The second-ranked Hawkeyes had 150 points after Saturday’s consolations and threatened their own NCAA record of 158 points set in 1986 _ the last time they had six finalists.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State, which had three in the finals, lost all four third-place matches. The Cowboys had 105.5 points, followed by Minnesota (71), Iowa State (66), Lock Haven (50), Edinboro (45), Oklahoma (44 1/2), Cal-Bakersfield (43 1/2), Illinois (42 1/2) and Penn State (36).

Uker beat Arizona State’s Casey Strand 6-2 at 167 pounds although teammate Kasey Gilliss had to settle for sixth place at 142 after losing 2-0 to Jason Ramstetter of Cal-Bakersfield.

Losers for Oklahoma State included Teague Moore at 118, Scott Reyna at 142, Hardell Moore at 158 and Mark Smith at 167.

Teague Moore lost 8-4 to defending champion Sheldon Thomas of Clarion while Reyna dropped a 6-3 decision to Minnesota’s Jason Davids. Smith was a 3-2 loser to Lehigh’s John Van Doren, who upset Smith, the top seed, in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Hardell Moore lost 4-0 to Illinois’ Ernest Benion, last year’s national runner-up. Benion became the Illini’s all-time winningest wrestler with 121 victories, erasing the previous mark of 120 set by Steve Marianetti, a 150-pound national champ his senior year in 1995.

Other third place finishers:

_Wisconsin’s Eric Jetton, a 5-3 sudden death winner over Iowa State’s Dwight Hinson at 126.

_Fresno State’s Yero Washington, who pinned Oregon’s Jeremy Ensrud in 4 minutes 36 seconds at 134.

_Minnesota’s Chad Kraft, who beat Oregon State’s Scott Norton in a 1-1 tiebreaker at 150.

_Michigan’s Jeff Catrabone, who beat Wisconsin’s Kevin Wilmot 3-0 at 167.

_Minnesota’s Tim Hartung, a 5-1 winner over Pittsburgh’s Mark Bodo.

_Nebraska’s Tolly Thompson, a 6-4 victor at heavyweight over Clarion’s Bryan Stout.

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