OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Bryce Hammond (RSo., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) finished the NCAA Championships with an eighth place finish and All-American honors.
Hammond won four consecutive matchups in the consolation bracket including wins against two ranked opponents. The redshirt sophomore eventually fell to the No. 5 ranked wrestler, Matt Brown of Penn State, and landed in the seventh place match against No. 7 Tyler Wilps of Pitt.
Hammond came out of the gate with a quick takedown for a two-point lead, but an escape and two stall warnings tied the match at 2-2. Wilps got a takedown late in the match to take a 4-2 lead and he would hold on to it as Hammond could not mount a comeback.
With the eighth place finish, Hammond earned All-American honors for himself and Bakersfield, the program's first since 2010.