Byers finished his collegiate career with a third-place finish at NCAAs.
March 17, 2012
ST. LOUIS – Oklahoma State sophomore Chris Perry and senior Cayle Byers each won two matches Saturday to finish in third place at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships. It is both wrestlers’ highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships and the first time for each of them to earn All-America status.
“It’s a way to go out,” Perry said. “To finish strong for our team was good for both me and Cayle. It was exciting. I’ve got another two years to look forward to, so it’s definitely a motivator.”
Perry, wrestling at 174 pounds, started the day with an 8-7 win over No. 9 Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the sixth round of the wrestleback. He then advanced to the third-place match where he claimed a 4-1 win over No. 7 Jordan Blanton of Illinois.
Those decisions improved Perry’s season record to 31-1, as he finishes the year second on the team in total wins.
Byers’ day began with an 8-1 win over No. 10 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota in the 197-pound wrestleback. He then earned an upset win over Pittsburgh’s No. 3-seed Matthew Wilps on riding time, 3-2, to take third place.
“Obviously you don’t come here to just be an All-American,” Byers said. “You come to win it. I’m not satisfied, but I’m happy.”
Byers, who transferred to Oklahoma State for his senior season, finishes his career with an overall record of 112-22. He was 28-4 this season and recorded 14 bonus-point wins.
Entering this evening’s championship finals, OSU is in fifth place with 66 points. Penn State has clinched the national title with 128.5 points.
The Cowboys have a total of three All-Americans at the tournament, as junior Jordan Oliver is assured of a first- or second-place finish with his spot in Saturday evening’s 133-pound championship match. A win would give Oliver his second-consecutive NCAA title.
Tonight’s championship finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Fans can watch all the action live on ESPN, ESPN3.com or follow live updates through the official team Twitter account (@CowboyWrestling).
Team Standings 1. Penn State - 128.5 points 2. Minnesota - 113.5 points 3. Iowa - 103.5 points 4. Cornell - 90.5 points 5. Oklahoma State - 66 points 6. Ohio State - 64.5 points 7. Illinois - 62 points 8. Lehigh - 61 points 9. Northwestern - 42.5 points 10. Oregon State - 40.5 points
Championship Finals Schedule (Saturday Evening) 133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) vs. No. 2 Logan Stieber (Ohio State)
Oklahoma State Results at the NCAA Championships Championship First Round 125: Jon Morrison (OSU) TF5 Antonio Gravely (Appalachian State); 16-0 133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Frank Martellotti (Penn State); 2:07 141: No. 4 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU); 6-4;TB1 149: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Augustus Sako (Virginia); 7-2 157: No. 10 Anthony Jones (Michigan State) dec. Albert White (OSU); 5-2 165: Dallas Bailey (OSU) MD No. 6 Peter Yates (Virginia Tech); 13-2 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Chris Moon (Virginia Tech); 9-4 197: No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU) MD Brent Chriswell (Boise State); 12-3 285: Brandon Williamson (West Virginia) dec. Austin Marsden (OSU); 5-4;TB1
Championship Second Round 125: No. 2 Zachary Sanders (Minnesota) dec. Jon Morrison (OSU); 2-0 133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Shelton Mack (Pittsburg); 1:30 149: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Josh Wilson (Utah Valley); 7-2 165: Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh) dec. Dallas Bailey (OSU); 4-2 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Curran Jacobs (Michigan State); 6-2 197: No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU) dec. No. 12 Joseph Kennedy (Lehigh); 5-2
Championship Quarterfinals 133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall No. 8 Zachery Steven (Michigan); 2:35 149: No. 7 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) dec. No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU); 3-2 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 7 Jordan Blanton (Illinois); 3-2;TB1 197: No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU) dec. James Nakashima (Nebraska); 5-4
Championship Semifinals 133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. No. 4 B.J. Futrell (Illinois); 8-2 174: No. 3 Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) dec. No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU); 6-3 197: No. 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) dec. No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU); 6-3
Wrestleback First Round 141: Josh Kindig (OSU) MD Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa); 14-6 157: Jake O`Hara (Columbia) dec. Albert White (OSU); 6-4 285: Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Adam Chalfant (Indiana); 4-2;SV2
Wrestleback Second Round 125: Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Ryak Finch (Iowa State); 4-0 141: No. 7 Nick Nelson (Virginia) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU); 6-4;SV1 165: Corey Leer (Bucknell) dec. Dallas Bailey (OSU); 4-2 285: No. 7 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Austin Marsden (OSU); 8-2
Wrestleback Third Round 125: No. 7 Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) dec. Jon Morrison (OSU); 3-2
Wrestleback Fourth Round 149: Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) dec. No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU); 4-2;SV1
Wrestleback Sixth Round 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 9 Nick Heflin (Ohio State); 8-7 197: No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU) dec. No. 10 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota); 8-1
Third-Place Matches 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 7 Jordan Blanton (Illinois); 4-1 197: No. 5 Cayle Byers (OSU) dec. No. 3 Matthew Wilps (Pittsburgh); 3-2