March 20, 2010
Final Team Standings
Final NCAA Brackets
OMAHA, Neb.- Ohio Wrestling finished its weekend of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Saturday, finishing tied for 35th place as a team. The Bobcat wrestlers finished with a record of 9-11 in their 20 total bouts throughout the three days of competition. Germane Lindsey headlined the impressive Ohio performances, finishing sixth place overall at 141 pounds to earn the Green and White’s 24th All-American honors in program history.
“Ohio University has a great history in wrestling and every guy in our room is trying to add to it,” said head coach Joel Greenlee. “We’re very proud of Germane. Sometimes this tournament isn’t necessarily about being the most talented guy or the best technician or anything like that…rather sometimes it just comes down to being a tough guy. I thought that’s how he wrestled all week. He wrestled hard for seven minutes every match and good things happened for him.”
Lindsey joins the ranks of such Bobcat greats as Dave Unik (1968), Kurt Blank (1974) and Rob Johnson (1987), who all finished sixth place at the NCAA Tournament. Ohio Wrestling has also produced four national champions, as Kermit Blosser (1932), Harry Houska (1964), Andy Daniels (1978) and Dwight Gardner (1998) all earned top honors in their respective weight classes once during their legendary careers.
“(This weekend) shows that we are headed in the right direction,” said Greenlee. “It shows this group of guys that they are doing the right things when there is a guy that has achieved what everyone else wants to achieve. It shows that if you do the right things, you can get it done.”
The junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, wrestled in two bouts on Saturday morning to wrap up his and Ohio’s portion of the tournament. Lindsey ran into the eventual third-place finisher, No. 4 Reece Humphrey of Ohio State in the first of the day’s bouts. Humphrey jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead at the end of the first period but Lindsey was able to answer back and earn a few points of his own in the second. Holding a 6-3 lead at the beginning of the third and final period, Humphrey went on a tear, scoring nine points en route to taking a 15-4 major decision.
In his second and final bout of the day, Lindsey lost a 3-2 decision to No. 10 Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh. Nauman took a 3-1 lead into the third period, a frame in which Lindsey scored an escape to narrow the gap to 3-2. The 141-pounder from Pittsburgh was able to hold him off the rest of the way, however, to take the bout and fifth place.
As a reminder of what can be the result of years of hard work and dedication, Ohio Wrestling has emblazoned on a wall in its practice room the names of every Bobcat who has achieved All-American status or won a Mid-American Conference championship.
“It is definitely going to feel good to add his name to the wall,” added Greenlee.
See below for results from day three:
Ohio Wrestling Third Day Results
141: No. 4 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) MD 15-4 Germane Lindsey (Ohio)
141: No. 10 Tyler Nauman (Pittsburgh) dec. 3-2 Germane Lindsey (Ohio)