Losses in the third round of the consolation round ended the season for North Carolina State’s Jakob Camacho (125 pounds) and Ryan Jack (141) in the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament on Friday at Little Casear’s Arena in Detroit.
Camacho, a redshirt sophomore from Danbury, won his first consolation round match of the day with an 8-5 win over No. 13 seed Drake Ayala of Iowa with a takedown in all three periods, including one with two seconds left in the match to seal the deal.
But Camacho, the No. 14 seed, was eliminated in a 5-1 loss to No. 6 seed Eric Barnett of Wisconsin, who got a takedown with four seconds left in the second period to take a four-point lead. Camacho, who was 2-2 in the tournament, ends the season with a record of 18-6.
Jack, the freshman from Danbury, was wrestling in his first NCAA tournament. He won his first match of the day with a 6-4 win over Rider’s Quinn Kinner. Jack, who is seeded No. 18, scored a takedown and a reversal in the first, then a final takedown with 10 seconds left sealed the 6-4 win.
In the next round, No. 7 seed Clay Carlson of South Dakota State eliminated Jack, 2-1 in overtime. The two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods for the only scoring during regulation. Carlson was awarded the tie-breaking point in overtime on a stalling call after a takedown attempt by the Jackrabbit wrestler.
Jack, who was also 2-2 in the tournament, finishes his first season in the starting lineup with a 18-9 record.
Camacho and Jack were the only two Connecticut wrestlers to earn a spot in this year’s NCAA Division I national championship tournament.
The last All-American from Connecticut at the Division I level was Danbury’s Kevin Jack, who was sixth for North Carolina State in 2018 at 141 pounds. Kevin Jack was a three-time All-American for the Wolfpack (2015, 2017, 2018).
After day two, North Carolina State is in 12th place with 40½ points. Three Wolfpack wrestlers earned All-American honors and will be in the consolation round on Saturday. Hayden Hidlay (174) is the only five-time All-American in school history while Tariq Wilson (149) is a four-time All-American with N.C. State. Trent Hidlay (184) also earned All-American honors for the third straight season.
No. 1 Penn State is on the road to their 10th national championship. After day two of the tournament, the Nittany Lions have a healthy 108 to 84½ lead over Michigan with Arizona State (63½) in third place. Penn State went 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday and 5-1 in the semifinals to place five men in Saturday’s championship finals.
2022 NCAA Division I tournament results and brackets (TrackWrestling.com)