Port Allegany Graduate Nick Budd 6th at NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships earning All American status
Number of Competing Teams: 44
Result: Gannon finished 13th out of 44 teams with 28.5 points.
The Short Story: Gannon freshman Carmine Ciotti (Erie, Pa./McDowell) (133), redshirt junior Eric Lewandowski (Depew, N.Y./Lancaster Central) (157) and redshirt junior Nick Budd (Port Allegany, Pa./Port Allegany) (Hwt.) placed and earned all-america honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. The trio helped the Golden Knights finish 13th place, representing the program's best finish since tying for eighth in 2010.
Gannon Wrestler: Nick Budd (Port Allegany, Pa./Port Allegany)
Record on Day Two: 1-2
Budd's Final Record: 21-12 Overall
Notes: Budd began the day with a 3-1 victory against unranked Ryan Appleby of Kutztown during the consolation quarterfinals ... after a scoreless first period, Appleby started the middle stanza down and escaped in six seconds for a 1-0 lead ... Budd started the third period down and escaped in seven seconds to tie the bout at one ... Budd then produced a takedown late in the third period to capture the victory ... Budd improved to 3-0 against Appleby this season, including a pin during the third-place match of the NCAA Division II Super Regional One ... Budd later dropped into the fifth-place match after a setback against seventh-ranked Michael Lowman of Augustana (S.D.) ... a Lowman takedown quickly turned into a pin with 36 seconds left in the first period to settle the match ... Budd concluded his run with a 5-3 loss against eighth-ranked Logan Hopp of Upper Iowa during the fifth-place match ... Hopp led 2-1 after one period following a takedown that was followed by a Budd escape ... Hopp started the second stanza down and escaped for a 3-1 lead ... Hopp continued with a takedown that was followed by another Budd escape, leaving the Hopp advantage at 5-2 after two periods ... Budd started the final two minutes down and needed only five seconds to escape, climbing within 5-3 ... neither wrestler was able to score the rest of the way, giving Budd a sixth-place finish ... Hopp defeated Budd for the second time during the national championships ... Budd was making his second NCAA Division II National Championship appearance ... Budd wrestled in the 2015 national championships after placing second at the regional tournament that season.
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