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Senior Cody Reed won his first two NCAA Championship matches, but lost his last two matches to two of top three seeds. The 197-pound senior came one win short of All-American honors.
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Reed falls short of national honors
March 24, 2014Tweet
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed came up one win short of All-American honors in Friday evening’s session of the NCAA Championship at the Chesapeake Engery Arena.
After advancing to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins on March 20, Reed, a redshirt senior, fell in both his matches on March 21 to end Binghamton’s run at the NCAA Championship. Reed fell to No. 1 Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket before losing to No. 3 Morgan McIntosh of Penn State in the wrestle-backs of the consolation bracket.
With an All-American spot on the line Reed fell to McIntosh by major decision, 13-4. McIntosh secured a pair of first-period take downs to take a 4-0 lead into the second frame. Reed was able to escape a McIntosh leg-lock to record his first point, but another takedown by the No. 3 seed gave McIntosh a 7-1 lead heading into the final three minutes. In the final period, Reed was again able escape McIntosh’s grasp but another takedown and riding time gave the Nittany Lion the victory and All-American status.
Reed, who went 2-2 at the NCAA Championship, finishes his career at Binghamton with a record of 94-62 and completes the 2013-14 season with a record of 29-12. Reed became just the second Binghamton wrestler to win his first two matches of the NCAA Championship and advance to the quarterfinals. The Walton, N.Y., native is a three-time NCAA qualifier and compiled a record of 4-6 at three NCAA Championships.
In Reed’s 197-pound quarterfinal bout against top-seed Nick Heflin of Ohio State the red-shirt senior fell to the top ranked wrestler in the country 8-1. Late in the first period Heflin secured a takedown after the two wrestlers battled to a stalemate for much of the opening three minutes. In the second period, Heflin added to his lead scoring on an escape and a reversal to take a 5-0 lead into the final two minutes. Reed finally got on the board in the third with an escape but not before another takedown by Heflin. The top seed accumulated almost two minutes of riding time to advance to the semifinals.
Binghamton went 3-4 at the NCAA Championships and accumulated 4.5 points to finish in 49th place in the final team standings.
NCAA Day One
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed pulled off a pair of upsets March 20 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. Reed knocked off the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds to become just the second Binghamton wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals. Junior 125-pound David White went 1-2 during the first day of competition to complete his first NCAA Championship.
Reed began his day by knocking off No. 9 Christian Boley of Maryland in a rematch of a 2012 NCAA first round bout. After a scoreless first period, Reed escaped Boley midway through the second to take a 1-0 lead. Boley did the same to Reed in third before heading to the one minute overtime. Reed escaped a pair of single-leg locks by Boley before securing a double-leg takedown in overtime to capture the 3-1 win and advance in the championship bracket.
The three-time NCAA qualifier then faced No. 8 Phillip Wellington of Ohio in the second round of the championship bracket. Reed displayed his balance and flexibility by escaping a single-leg lock and reversing Wellington to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Wellington elected to start up in the second period and Reed escaped for a 3-0 lead. In the final period Reed was able to hold Wellington down and accumulate almost two minutes of riding time to advance with a 4-0 victory.
Reed faces top seed and top ranked Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the quarterfinals on March 21. Reed is the second Binghamton wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals in the program’s Division I history. Justin Lister was the first Bearcat to accomplish the feat, advancing to the semifinals to become Binghamton’s second Division I All-American.
White began his day by falling to No. 12 Tim Lambert of Nebraska, 5-1. However, White bounced back with an impressive showing in a pigtail bout of the consolation bracket. The junior-transfer fell behind 2-0 to Corey Keener of Central Michigan, but worked himself into a cradle on top of Keener late in the first period. White finished off Keener by pinning him with 26 seconds left in the opening frame. White completed his first NCAA Championship by falling to Nick Roberts of Ohio State 10-5. White fell behind 5-0 in the first period, but pulled within 8-5 late in the third. However, it wasn’t enough as Roberts accumulated over two minutes of riding time to move on.
The NCAA revealed the 33-man brackets for its 2014 Wrestling Championship and the two Binghamton qualifiers saw their respective paths.
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed and junior 125-pound David White will represent the Bearcats in Oklahoma City on March 20-22. The three-day event will be held at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Reed (27-10), EIWA runner-up who is making his third consecutive NCAA appearance, will face ninth-seeded Christian Boley of Maryland in the opening round. The pairing is a rematch of the 2012 NCAA Championship first round, when Reed posted a shocking 2-1 upset over then-No. 4 Boley. Reed made a strong showing at the EIWA Championship, winning three of four matches to earn an automatic bid. He posted a major decision in the first round and then recorded a dramatic pin in overtime over fellow NCAA qualifier James Fox of Harvard in the quarterfinals to seal his return trip to the national championship. Reed has four wins against the NCAA field. Boley (22-4) was the No. 1 seed at the ACC Championship but placed fourth.
White (26-11) will make his first NCAA Championship appearance and has drawn 12th-seeded Tim Lambert of Nebraska in the opening round. Lambert (22-11), a redshirt freshman, placed fifth at the Big Ten Championship. White went 4-2 at the EIWA Championship to finish fourth and claim an automatic berth.