CLEVELAND, Ohio - Three Coe College wrestlers were crowned as All-Americans after the first day of the NCAA National Championships.
At 157 pounds, fifth-seeded Cole Erickson (Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis) defeated SUNY Cortland's Greg Chery 2-1 in the first session on Friday afternoon. In the night session, Erickson faced fourth-seeded Mark Choinski of Wis.-Oshkosk.
Erickson had a takedown early in the first period, which gave him a 2-1 lead into the second period with :07 in riding time. Erickson took a 6-4 lead into the third period, which he began on top. Choinski earned an escape, but Erickson led 6-5 with 1:27 left in third. Erickson scored another takedown with just 29 seconds left in the match. Erickson won 8-6 over Choinski and advanced to the championship semifinals, where he will face the number-one seed Ryan Epps of Augsburg. The sophomore Kohawk is now a two-time All-American.
At 174 pounds, Jake Voss (Ryan, Iowa/West Delaware) made it past the first session with ease, winning with a 16-1 technical fall over Oswego State's Troy Seymour. In the second session, Voss was unable to gain a lead against third-seeded Ben Swarr of Messiah. Swarr won by an 8-5 decision and Voss went on to compete in a wrestleback match later in the night.
Sixth-seeded Voss won his wrestleback with a 10-5 decision over Joseph Sindoni of York College. With that win, Voss guaranteed himself a top-eight finish and All-American honors for the first time in his career.
At 197 pounds, Andrew Holladay (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) upset eighth-seed Michael DiNardo of Johnson & Wales with a 6-4 decision. In the night session, Holladay faced second-ranked Kyle Frank of Wartburg. Frank won with an 8-6 decision, which moved Holladay into the wrestleback bracket.
In the 197 consolation round, Holladay faced York College's Hasan Alic. Holladay scored four in the first period with a takedown and a two-count nearfall, then pinned Alic in 4:37. With that win, the senior also guaranteed himself a top-eight finish and All-American honors for the first time in his career.
Going three-for-three, the Kohawks secured their 16th straight year with All-Americans, which is the sixth longest streak in the nation. Head coach John Oostendorp has now coached 49 All-Americans after adding three new qualifiers this year.
Session III of the NCAA National Championships begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Cleveland Public Auditorium. A link to live stats and video is available at CoeAthletics.com.