Bewak, Stauber Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships
March 14, 2014
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Johns Hopkins junior 125 Paul Bewak and senior 141 Henry Stauber have both advanced to the second day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships and each has secured All-America honors with their day-one performances. Bewak posted a 3-1 record on the first day of competition, while Stauber was 2-1. Both will continue wrestling in the consolation bracket on Saturday and each can still place as high as third. The top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-America honors.
With his three wins on the day, Bewak also broke Eric Fishel’s school record for career victories. Bewak now stands at 99-17 in three seasons, while Fishel won 98 matches during his career from 2004-08.
Paul Bewak (Jr. • 125)
Greensburg, PA/Hempfield Area
Bewak entered the tournament as the top seed and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to the consolation bracket. He opened with a 16-4 win against Jonathan Murray of Rhode Island College before scoring a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Sean Ambrocio of Concordia. (WI). Bewak methodically worked his way past Murray, jumping out to a 5-2 lead at the end of the first period and eventually built a 13-2 lead early in the third period before claiming the major decision victory.
After topping Ambrocio and moving into the quarterfinals, Bewak drew sixth-ranked and eighth-seeded Matthias Ellis of Brockport, who used a first-period takedown and a point of riding time stand up for a 3-0 victory.
Needing one win to secure All-America status for the second time in his career, Bewak topped Cortland State’s Sean Kempf, 10-7. Bewak led 3-2 at the end of the first period and 5-4 at the end of two before scoring a pair of back points early in the third to grab a 7-4 lead. Kempf scored a quick reversal after a restart to make it 7-6, but let Bewak up to try and score a takedown. Down 8-7 after a stalling point was awarded, Kempf tried for a late score, but it was Bewak that added a takedown to secure the three-point victory.
Bewak will wrestle seventh-ranked and fifth-seeded Jesse Gunter of Baldwin-Wallace in his first match on Saturday. A win there assures him of no worse than a sixth-place finish, while a loss would send him to the seventh-place match.
Henry Stauber (Sr. • 141)
Waccabuc, NY/John Jay
Stauber wasn’t seeded and drew sixth-seeded Matt Adcock of Wisconsin-Whitewater in his opening match. Stauber was down just a point (3-2) early in the third period after working for an escape to open the period, but Adcock scored his second takedown of the match to push his lead to 5-2 before Stauber worked for his third escape of the match to make it 5-3. Despite several late shots, he couldn’t score a takedown to draw even and fell to the consolation bracket.
Stauber met Ferrum’s Logan Meister in his first match in the consolation bracket and used a pair of takedowns and a series of tilts to cruise to a 19-2 technical fall victory. He led 10-0 at the end of the first period, 11-2 at the end of the second and scored a quick takedown and a pair of three-point near falls in the third to secure his team-leading fourth technical fall of the season.
Like Bewak, Stauber now needed one more win to secure All-America status and would need to go through third-ranked and fourth-seeded Justin Holm of Olivet.
Holm needed less than 10 seconds to grab a quick 2-0 lead as he got in on an ankle pick to open the match. Stauber worked for an escape and the first period ended with Holm leading, 2-1. Working from the top to open the second period, Stauber spun one of his patented tilts for three near-fall points to grab a 4-2 lead, which he carried into the third period. Unable to turn Stauber after starting on top, Holm allowed an escape point with just over a minute to go, but couldn’t score a takedown as Stauber kept him away to secure a 5-2 victory.
Stauber will wrestle ninth-ranked and eighth-seeded Matt Holmes of Loras in his first match on Saturday. A win there assures him of no worse than a sixth-place finish, while a loss would send him to the seventh-place match.
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