Release: March 20, 2008
NCAA Championship Results
Fried, ranked 20th in the country, opened the tournament with a 7-3 loss to unseeded Mitch Mueller of Iowa State. It was a rematch of a November 18 match in which Fried beat then-14th-ranked Mueller 6-4 in overtime. This time, however, Fried was held to three escapes and while pressing for a potential tying takedown in the third period, Mueller clinched the decision with a takedown of his own.
Fried then eliminated 19th-ranked Don Fisch (Rider) in the first round of the consolations. Fisch was the reigning CAA champion and had dealt Fried one of his two losses during the regular season. In that match, Fried trailed 2-0 after the first period. He escaped to open the second and then posted a takedown to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. In the third, he picked up two near-fall points and added riding time for the final 6-2 decision.
In the second round of consolations, Fried scored an early takedown to go up 2-0 on 12th-ranked William Rowe of Oklahoma. But Rowe turned up the offense and outscored Fried 11-3 the rest of the way for an 11-5 decision.
Fried finished his final collegiate season with a stellar 23-4 record.
Patterson began his tournament with an 11-3 loss to second-seeded Steve Luke of Michigan. He then suffered a 5-3 loss to 19th-ranked Alex Caruso of Lehigh. In that match, Patterson trailed 4-3 entering the third period, and rode Caruso for much of the final two minutes to erase the Lehigh wrestler's riding time. But after cutting him loose in the closing 15 seconds, Patterson couldn't get the tying takedown.
He finished his sophomore season with a 22-6 record.
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