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Krawchuk finishes 2nd at NCAAs


March 16. 2013 11:50PM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT



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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After a valiant effort, Wilkes wrestler Kris Krawchuk finished second at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships Saturday night.


The junior, 157-pounder, lost the championship bout 3-0 to Springfield’s Devin Biscaha, who entered the tournament unseeded. Krawchuk, who was the bracket’s No. 4 seed, is the second Wilkes wrestler to finish as runner-up in as many years following Anthony Dattolo at 149 last season.


After a scoreless opening period in the final, Biscaha chose bottom to start the second. Krawchuk tried several times to turn his opponent and get back points. Instead, he got himself in trouble on the last one as Biscaha got two points for a reversal with about 20 seconds left in the period.


Still Krawchuk was in decent shape holding the advantage in riding time. He chose down to start the third and was still in good position in the match if he got an escape or reversal. But his moves didn’t work on Biscaha, who won four matches in two days helped by be being strong on top. In the last 40 seconds, Krawchuk was working hard on getting a reversal. In the last 10 seconds, he got close, but came up short as time ran out.


In Saturday morning’s semifinals, Krawchuk advanced to the finals pinning eighth-seeded Cade Sarbacker in 4:58. Biscaha moved to the finals with a 1-0 win over second-seeded Chris Burdge from Centenary.


Krawchuk, who ends his season with a record of 29-4, was trying to become the school’s eleventh national champion and first since Gene Ashley and Jim Weisenfluh each won in 1975. His performance marked the fifth straight season that Wilkes coach Jon Laudenslager has produced an All-American.


Berwick grad Aaron Karns, a 197-pounder, lost his semifinal Saturday morning in sudden victory to fall into the consolation bracket. He still finished as an All-American and concluded his season with the Aggies with a mark of 32-6.turn his opponent and get back points. Instead, he got himself in trouble on the last one as Biscaha got two points for a reversal with about 20 seconds left in the period.


Still Krawchuk was in decent shape holding the advantage in riding time. He chose down to start the third and was still in good position in the match if he got an escape or reversal. But his moves didn’t work on Biscaha, who won four matches in two days helped by be being strong on top. In the last 40 seconds, Krawchuk was working hard on getting a reversal. In the last 10 seconds, he got close, but came up short as time ran out.


In Saturday morning’s semifinals, Krawchuk advanced to the finals pinning eighth-seeded Cade Sarbacker in 4:58. Biscaha moved to the finals with a 1-0 win over second-seeded Chris Burdge from Centenary.


Krawchuk, who ends his season with a record of 29-4, was trying to become the school’s eleventh national champion and first since Gene Ashley and Jim Weisenfluh each won in 1975. His performance marked the fifth straight season that Wilkes coach Jon Laudenslager has produced an All-American.


Berwick grad Aaron Karns, a 197-pounder, lost his semifinal Saturday morning in sudden victory to fall into the consolation bracket. He still finished as an All-American and concluded his season with the Aggies with a mark of 32-6.




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