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March 18, 2017

ST. LOUIS – Redshirt junior Ryan Solomon was knocked out of the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday night at the Scottrade Center after dropping a 2-0 decision to Penn State’s Nick Nevills at 285 pounds.
Solomon, the last Panther standing, went 3-2 on the national stage and concludes the 2016-17 campaign 20-6.
“I’m proud of the way Ryan came out and competed as the 15 seed,” said co-head coach Matt Kocher. “He came in and wrestled the No. 2 seed really well and bounced back in the consolations and rattled off two wins. He wrestled as good as he’s wrestled all year and did really well.”
After a scoreless first period, Solomon entering the second starting on top. Nevills escaped to take a 1-0 lead. Neither in-state foe could get anything going the rest of the way. In the third period, Solomon took bottom and would stay there for the remainder of the period as Nevills clinched the riding time point en route to a 2-0 decision.
“I thought the guys all gave a great effort with this weekend and they are all capable of standing on the podium,” said co-head coach Drew Headlee. “This tournament always comes down to the smallest of details and we came up a little short. Lucky for us, these four guys are all young and will have another shot at it next year. They have all seen what it takes and I truly believe they will all put in the work to be back next year and even better.”
Session 4: Solomon Falls to Nevills in Round of 12

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