CLEVELAND –- Junior Brendon Seyfried's quest to repeat as an All-American ended on day one at the NCAA Championships when he was defeated 5-4 and then 7-5 in a sudden victory decision.
In his first bout versus Dylan Van Sickell from Stevens Tech Seyfried trailed 3-0 heading into the final period, but managed to tie the match at 3 with an escape to start the third period and a takedown shortly after his escape.
Van Sickell responded with a late take down to go up 5-3 before Seyfried managed an escape but by the time he had escaped he did not have enough time left for a takedown to post a win before the final seconds of the match expired.
The first period was scoreless as both wrestlers were trying to get a feel for their opponent. Van Sickell opened the scoring in the match when he escaped from the down position to start the second period.
With the loss Seyfried moved to the consolation side of the 149-pound bracket, where he faced an elimination bout versus Josh Lawson from Elmhurst College.
20 seconds in Seyfried scored with the takedown to go up 2-0, but soon the referee approached the scorer's table and took the points Seyfried scored on the takedown away and re-set the clock to 2:42. A video review show3d that Seyfried did not have proper control to win the take down. Eph head coach Scott Honecker said, "I think they got it right."
On the re-start Seyfried again notched another takedown, but Lawson was able to execute a quick reversal to tie the match at two.
At the end of the first period Lawson had logged 1:49 of riding time, effectively putting him ahead 3-2.
Lawson was in the down-position to start the second period and Seyfried managed to get on top of Lawson before Lawson was able to escape to score another point, taking a 3-2 lead and in possession of 1:20 in riding time.
Lawson took a 3-2 lead and the 1:20 of riding time into the final period.
At 1:40 Seyfried executed a take down to take a 4-3 lead, but Lawson still had 1:20 in riding time. A Lawson escape tied the match at 4, but a second stalling caution on Lawson put Seyfried up 5-4, but Lawson's riding time now 1:09 gave him the point to tie the match at 5.
Tied 5-5 after three periods the match entered overtime and a sudden victory situation.
A Lawson takedown 22 seconds into sudden victory ended Seyfried's season with a 7-5 defeat.
"I am super proud of Brendon and the way he competed today," Honecker. "Although he came out on the tough end of two narrow matches, he brought the fight and represented our program well. Brendon overcame tremendous adversity this season and to carry our program to the NCAAs was an accomplishment in itself. Although I am sad a great 2018 season comes to a close today, I am excited for the team and Brendon going forward as our best wrestling is ahead of us."
Seyfried ended the season with an overall record of 22-9.