March 16, 2013
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA -- Johns Hopkins senior 141-pounder Paul Marcellohad his magical run at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships come to an end in the national title match as he dropped a tough 2-1 decision to third-seeded Adam Sheley in the finals. Sheley made a second-period escape and a riding time point stand up to secure the title.
Marcello's national runner-up finish helped the Blue Jays tie for 21st place with 16 points. Wartburg amassed 103 points to easily claim the team title.
After a scoreless first period, Sheley started in the down position and quickly worked his way free to grab a 1-0 lead. He nearly built that lead to 3-0 midway through the period as he caught Marcello's attempt at a double-leg takedown with a body lock, but Marcello was able to fight his way free and the period ended with Sheley nursing the 1-0 lead.
Marcello, who entered the tournament as the number five seed, started on the bottom in the third period and worked hard to get free, but Sheley was able to hold him for nearly 90 seconds before surrendering the escape with 35 seconds left on the clock.
Marcello angled in several times to try and secure a takedown, including twice off restarts in the final 10 seconds, but Sheley eluded him each time and held on for the 2-1 win with the one point of riding time the difference.
With the loss, Marcello's season ends with a 29-9 record and he is the first national finalist in school history. He is also just the fourth wrestler in Centennial Conference history to advance to the national championship match in any weight class.
Marcello is the fourth All-American in school history as he joins Reid Mosquera (8th at 197) and Paul Bewak(7th at 125), who both earned All-America honors in 2012, and Eric Fishel, who was the first wrestler in school history to earn AA honors when he placed eighth in 2008. Marcello concludes his career with a 76-28 record.
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