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McKenna third, Schram eighth at NCAA wrestling finals

 

Joey McKenna became the first freshman in Stanford wrestling history to earn All-America honors, finishing third at Madison Square Gardens in New York on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Connor Schram placed eighth.

McKenna, the first Cardinal to record a third-place finish, edged No. 4 seed Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers, 7-6, in the third-place match. Leading 2-1 after the first, McKenna notched a reversal to start the second before Ashnault could escape.

Ashnault briefly tied the match at 4-4 with a takedown, but McKenna was able to escape for the 5-4 advantage heading into the final period.

In the third, Ashnault again tied the score (5-5) with an escape. McKenna secured the go-ahead takedown and was able to hold off Ashnault for the win.

He finished his freshman campaign with a 27-3 record, putting him seventh on the school's freshman wins list.

In the consolation semifinals, McKenna posted a 3-1 decision over 12th-seeded Chris Mecate of Old Dominion. He was awarded a point in the first period for an illegal move by Mecate.

McKenna then recorded a takedown to take a 3-0 advantage. There was no score in the second period, in which McKenna chose to start in the neutral position. Mecate chose top to begin the third and rode out McKenna for his one point.

At 125 pounds, Schram, the No. 10 seed, fell, 1-0, bto Oklahoma's fifth-seeded Ryan Millhof in the seventh-place match.

Schram finished his sophomore season with a 23-8 overall record and became the ninth Cardinal underclassman to earn All-America honors.

Stanford has produced two All-Americans in the same season for the first time since 2012, when Nick Amuchastegui (174 pounds) finished second and Ryan Mango (125 pounds) took fifth.

Fifteen of the program's 26 All-America finishes have come since 2004.

— Stanford Athletics

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