Bedelyon Ends NCAA Run with Sixth Place Finish
ST. LOUIS – Kent State senior Nic Bedelyon (Lewistown, Pa.) settled for a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday inside the Scottrade Center. Bedelyon dropped a 6-4 overtime decision against Stanford's Ryan Mango in his fifth place match, but finishes his career as one of the most accomplished wrestlers in recent program history.
"I have the utmost respect for Nic," Head Coach Jim Andrassy said. "He's one of the guys that brought this program to the next level and has helped us get an All-American in four straight years."
Bedelyon jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods against Mango, but surrendered a takedown with 15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Mango then got in deep on a shot in sudden victory to claim the win.
In his consolation semifinal, Bedelyon had a tough draw against No. 2 Zach Sanders of Minnesota. Sanders had a pair of opening period takedowns and never trailed in a 9-4 decision.
"McDonough and Sanders were the two matchups I was most concerned about going in and he drew them both," Andrassy said. "Nic's not the most talented guy in the bracket, but he works really hard and that's why he's a two-time All-American."
Bedelyon's 113 career victories are the sixth most in team history and the third most without a redshirt season. His sixth place finish ties for the second highest for a Kent State wrestler since 1985.
Along with Dustin Kilgore (2010-11) and Don Horning (1985-86), Bedelyon is one of just three two-time All-Americans in program history.