The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

March 24, 2013

Henderson places sixth at NCAA wrestlilng

DES MOINES, Iowa — Standing on the podium at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships took some of the sting out of Saturday’s two losses.

Some of it, but not all of it.

“It was pretty cool, I guess,” said Evan Henderson, a sophomore at North Carolina who is from New Florence.

“Lights flashing all around you. It was awesome. Not exactly where I wanted to be on the podium, but hey, I got it done. Got my first (All-American). Got two more to go.”

Henderson, who wrestled at United and Kiski Prep in high school, advanced to the national tournament as a true freshman last year but didn’t place.

This year, he came in as the fifth seed and ended up placing sixth.

Next year, he wants to take the next logical step.

“Be on top of the podium,” he said. “Be on top of the podium twice. Hopefully I’ll keep that going and see what it takes,” Henderson said.

After winning his first two matches at Wells Fargo Arena, Henderson lost three of his next four, including two on Saturday.

He was pinned by The Citadel’s Undrakhbayar Khishignyam in the consolation semifinals and then lost 9-2 to Cornell’s Michael Nevinger.

Henderson was hampered by a knee injury that he suffered on Friday.

He said he was told that it was a sprain of the medial collateral ligament.

“They said it was stable, but every match it popped out a little bit,” he said. “I couldn’t do much. I was wincing in pain the whole match. I warmed up, but didn’t even take a penetration shot the whole time.”

Penn State captured the team championship for the third consecutive season.

The Nittany Lions led the team race for most of the tournament, but Oklahoma State overtook them with a victory in the first match of the finals. The Cowboys’ Chris Perry beat Penn State’s Matt Brown 2-1 in tiebreaker.

But Penn State’s Ed Ruth put his team back in front with a

12-4 major decision of Lehigh’s Robert Hamlin.

Quentin Wright, who is from the State College area, clinched the team title with an 8-6 victory over Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore.

Not everything went the Lions’ way, however. Cornell’s Kyle Dake beat David Taylor

5-4 in the highlight match at 165 pounds, becoming the first wrestler to win NCAA titles at four different weight classes. Taylor was the defending champion at the weight.

Penn State’s Nico Megaludis also finished as a runner-up, losing 7-4 to Illinois’ Jesse Delgado at 125 pounds.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

  • racin 0416 Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open

    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0416 Penguins rally to wear out Jackets

    Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
    Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelley and McElligot Series serves as reunion for former Chiefs personnel

    Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
    The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Malkin nearing return

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.

    April 15, 2014

  • Reds swing way past Pirates

    Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
    First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.

    April 15, 2014

AP Video

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide