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Jack finishes second at U23 nationals at 143 pounds

Danbury native Ryan Jack was eliminated Friday from the NCAA Division I tournament by Lehigh’s Malyke Hines.

Danbury High graduate Ryan Jack finished second at the U23 national championship tournament on June 4 at Spire Academy in Geneva, Ohio at 65 kilograms or 143 pounds.

Jack, who attends North Carolina State, won his first five matches of the tournament, including a win on criteria over defending champion Cole Matthews of Pittsburgh in the semifinals.

In the best-of-3 championship final, Nebraska’s Brock Hardy swept two matches from Jack to win the national title, 9-5 and 10-5.

With the victory, Hardy earns a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the Under 23 world championships in Finland in October.

Tied at 5-5 in the opening match, Hardy scored the final four points of the match to win the opener over Jack. In the second match, Jack had a 5-2 lead after a throw and roll in the first period.

Trailing by one in the second period, Jack fell to his back trying to make a throw but Hardy defended well to prevent the throw and picked up four exposure points to take a 10-5 lead.

Jack earned his spot in the final by getting a takedown with 10 seconds left to force a tie, 3-3. Jack advanced on criteria.

In his four earlier matches in the tournament. Jack won three straight by 10-0 technical falls along with a pin in 3:23.

All the matches from Geneva, Ohio, can be viewed on-demand at with a subscription. Brackets and complete results are available on FloArena.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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