Kraisser to compete for All-America honors Friday evening

Nathan Kraisser (Tech-Fall/John Sachs Photography)
Nathan Kraisser (Tech-Fall/John Sachs Photography)

ST. LOUIS, MO. – Nathan Kraisser has advanced to the round of 12 at the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships with his pair of decision victories on day two.

Kraisser opened up the morning with a 10-7 win over Stanford's Gabe Townsell in the second round of wrestlebacks. He continued his advancement with a 6-0 win over the No. 9 seed Joshua Rodriguez.

With the two victories, Kraisser will take on No. 14 seed Freddie Rodriguez of SIUE for an All-America spot. Rodriguez has taken two victories against Kraisser in the 2016-17 season, including a 12-8 win in the Southern Conference 125-pound final. 

Jere Heino picked up a victory in his first contest of the day, a 5-3 win in SV-1, over No. 12 William Miller of Edinboro. Heino's first NCAA tournament finished with a 3-2 loss against Youssif Hemida of Maryland.

Kraisser's matchup against Rodriguez is set for day two, session four, beginning at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.


(Bolded results indicate Day 2 results)

125: [16] Nathan Kraisser

(125) W, Decision (3-0), Jake Gromacki (Clarion, 3/16)

(125) L, Major Decision (22-8), Thomas Gilman (Iowa, 3/16)

(125) W, Decision (10-7), Gabe Townsell (Stanford, 3/17)

(125) W, Decision (6-0), Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State, 3/17)

141: Joshua Heil

(141) L, Decision (4-0), Christopher Carton (Iowa, 3/16)

(141) L, Decision (7-6) TB-1, Logan Everett (Army, 3/16)

165: Quentin Perez

(165) L, Decision (3-0), Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota, 3/16)

(165) L, Decision (10-4), Shaun'Qae McMurtry (NIU, 3/16)

184: Ville Heino

(184) L, Decision (5-3) SV-1, Michael Macchiavello (NC State, 3/16)

(184) L, Major Decision (13-2), Nick Corba (Cleveland State, 3/16)

285: Jere Heino

(285) L, Decision (4-2), Austin Schafer (Oklahoma State, 3/16)

(285) W, Decision (5-3), Jared Johnson (Chattanooga, 3/16)

(285) W, Decision (5-3) SV-1, William Miller (Edinboro, 3/17)

(285) L, Decision (3-2), Youssif Hemida (Maryland, 3/17)