Courtesy of NYU Athletics – New York University’s three All-American wrestlers — Brandon Jones, Nathan Pike and Patrick Sheehan — wrapped up their stellar seasons at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, March 14, in Hershey, PA. The trio of grapplers each cemented their status as All-Americans on Friday night, and wrestled Saturday to determine placing.
NYU finished the event with a total of 31 team points and in 12th place, tying a program best (2008).
Jones (141), a three-time All-American, finished in fourth place. He began the day by defeating Michael Ferinde of Johnson & Wales University by a 9-5 decision. The senior captain followed that up with an 11-5 consolation semifinal victory against sixth-seeded Nick Stegar of Loras College to earn a spot in the third-place match. Jones was defeated in his final bout against top-seeded Kaleb Loht of Messiah College.
The West Des Moines, IA, native finishes his career as one of the most successful NYU wrestlers of all time. In addition to being a three-time All-American, Jones won three regional titles, was named All-University Athletic Association (UAA) three times and ends his career with a 65-10 (.867) record in an NYU singlet.
Pike (133) opened up Saturday’s session with his second one-point win of the tournament, defeating fourth-seeded Connor Campo of Wartburg College in a 9-8 decision. In the consolation semifinals, Pike was upended by sixth-seeded Evan Obert of Luther College in a tough 7-3 match. He then fell in a tight fifth-place bout to top-seeded Nathaniel Giorgio of the United States Coast Guard Academy. The junior wrapped up his first season at NYU with an impressive 25-9 record.
Sheehan dropped his first bout of the day, falling to fourth-seeded Christopher Chorzepa of Williams College. In the seventh-place bout he avenged a loss from earlier this season and defeated third-seeded Tyler Beckwith of SUNY Cortland 7-2. Sheehan finishes his senior season with a 26-5 record.
In addition to the three All-Americans, NYU freshman Jacob Donato also qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 125-pounder fell one bout short of All-American status in his rookie season.
NYU finished its 2014-15 season with the most dual wins in team history (21) and captured the Centennial Conference Regular Season Championship and the UAA Championship, and was NCAA East Regional Runner-Up. The squad also set program records by sending the most wrestlers to NCAA’s (4) and producing the most All-Americans (3).