By: Jake Krier, UWEC Sports Information
CLEVELAND, Ohio (blugolds.com) - The 2017-18 season for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team came to an end on Friday night at the NCAA Championships. The trio of Ramsey Bloy (Jr.-Freedom, WI), Seth Vosters (So.-Freedom, WI), and Tyler Demo (Fr.-Loves Park, IL/Belvidere North) all competed on Friday before being eliminated from the national tournament.
Bloy was defeated in his pigtail match to open up the 197-pound bracket by a tight score of 3-2. He followed that up by defeating the No. 8-seeded Michael DiNardo (Johnson & Wales) via an 8-1 decision. Bloy picked up his second win of the day, a 3-1 decision, to advance to the match one away from being an All-American.
He would need to defeat conference foe, Wesley Schultz from UW-La Crosse, to finish on the podium. Schultz lead the season series two-to-one heading into their fourth battle. Bloy was up by one in the waning seconds of the match but surrendered a late escape and takedown to lose, 7-5. Bloy finished the season with an overall record of 42-7 with 12 pinfalls and two technical falls.
At 157-pounds, Vosters lost to the No. 8-seed, Egan Berta (North Central (IL)), by major decision, 13-5. Against Messiah's Kevin Edwards, the sophomore trailed 11-4, yet was able to come back and force overtime. However, in the sudden victory period, Edwards was able to take Vosters down to his back to win the match, 18-12. Vosters ended his year with a record of 19-11 with three pins and four tech falls.
Demo lost via fall in his opening round match to the seventh-seeded Austin Sisco of SUNY Oneonta. In his wrestleback match, the freshman fell just short of a late third period comeback. His 8-7 loss to Delaware Valley's Brenden Velez knocked him out of the tournament, ending his season with a 24-12 record. He had eight pinfalls and one technical fall on the season.
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