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Wesneski wins 285-pound D3 National Title.

By: Tim Birney | | March 11, 2019 | Photo courtesy Glenn Jarvis

Wesneski wins 285-pound D3 National Title.

ROANOKE, Va. - Canton grad Garrett Wesneski, a senior at Lycoming College, capped a brilliant season with an overtime win Saturday night to claim the 285-pound title at the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships here at the Burgundy Center.

Wesneski, the fifth seed, pulled out a 9-7 overtime decision over second-seed Adagios Jones of Augustana to cap a 28-1 season. He finished his two-year career at Lycoming with a 66-5 record, and his .930 winning percentage is the best in program history.

Jones took advantage of a bad shot by Wesnski early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead with a takedown of his own, but Wesneski escaped moments later. He then caught Jones off-guard with a power double-leg for a 3-2 advantage, and Jones was penalized for fleeing the mat.

Jones ended a wild first period with an escape in the closing seconds to trim the deficit to 4-3.

Jones chose neutral to start the second period, and took advantage of the decision with a takedown for a 5-4 lead, but Wesneski countered with an escape to send the bout into the third period at 5-5.

Wesneski chose down to start the third period, and quickly escaped, but Jones scored another takedown to take a 7-6 lead. Wesneski was able to power his way to an escape in the closing second to tie the score and force overtime.

In the extra session, Wesneski took charge and set up a sweeping single-leg to secure the 9-7 victory, and a national title.

Wesneski advanced to the title match with a 4-3 win over Wartburg’s Bowen Wileman, who upset the top seed in the quarterfinals.

Wesneski scored a first-period takedown, and a second-period escape to take a 3-0 lead into the third period.

Wileman scored a takedown with 47 seconds remaining in the third period, and immediately cut Wesneski loose, but Wesneski was able ward off further takedown attempts, despite being penalized for stalling in the closing seconds.

Dale Jarvis contributed to this report.


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Tim Birney is the founder/owner of Valley Sports Report, which covers high school and youth sports in the Sayre and Athens, PA and Waverly and Tioga, NY school districts.

Birney, a 1988 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, spent nearly 20 years as a Sports Writer at the Daily Review and Evening/Morning Times.

He founded Valley Sports Report in August of 2009.

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