Overtime Win Gives Wood Third All-America Honor, Berth in Semifinals
DETROIT – Senior Jordan Wood avenged an earlier loss to Iowa’s Tony Cassioppi to become a three-time All-American Friday, while junior Josh Humphreys came up short in his quarterfinal bout as the Mountain Hawks completed session three of the NCAA Championships at Little Caesars Arena .
Wood’s 3-1, sudden victory decision puts him into Friday night’s semifinals and guarantees a top six finish.
Friday afternoon’s heavyweight quarterfinal matched the no. 6 seed Wood and No. 3 seeds Cassioppi. Wood escaped early in the second period, while Cassioppi did the same early in the third, sending the match to sudden victory.
With a little under a minute left in the sudden victory period, Wood scored on a single leg shot to win 3-1. Wood earns the 159th All-America honor in program history and will now face No. 2 seed Cohlton Schultz of Arizona State in Friday night’s semifinals. Schultz edged Wood in the tiebreakers, Feb. 19 in Tempe, Ariz.
Jordan Wood with the HUGE SV over Tony Cassioppi!
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— NCAA Wrestling (@NCAAWrestling) March 18, 2022 Humphreys will have a chance to join Wood on the podium when he wrestles in the All-America round of 12 Friday night. The seventh-seeded Humphreys dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 seed Ryan Deakin of Northwestern at 157. Deakin scored takedowns in the first and then late in the second periods, while Humphreys was only able to muster a first period escape and a late stalling point. He will face no. 11 seed Austin O’Connor of North Carolina, the 2021 NCAA Champion at 149, needing a win to secure a place on the podium.
Lehigh finished the session with 11 points, and sat in a tie for the 25th place.
Gallery: (3-18-2022) Wrestling NCAA Session 3, 3/18/22
The NCAA Championships continue Friday night with session four beginning at 8 pm The session will feature the championship semifinals, All-America round of 12 and consolation quarterfinals. It will be televised on ESPN with streaming video of every mat available on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.
The 2021-22 Lehigh wrestling season is presented by the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
157-No. 7 Josh Humphreys
Round of 32: dec. No. 26 Ben Barton (Lock Haven) 4-0
Round of 16: dec. No. 10 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) 8-5
Quarterfinals: L by dec. No. 2 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) 6-2
Fourth-round consolation: No. 11 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina)
285-No. 6Jordan Wood
Round of 32: dec. No. 27 Michael Wolfgram (West Virginia) 1-0
Round of 16: dec. No. 11 Gary Traub (Oregon State) 6-0
Quarterfinals: dec. No. 3 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) 3-1, sv
Semifinal: No. 2 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)
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