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Kolodzik tops crowd favorite Finesilver in finale at NWCA All-Star Classic

DENVER -- Top-ranked Matt Kolodzik of Princeton spoiled Mitch Finesilver's return to his home state of Colorado.

Kolodzik rolled to a 12-7 victory at 149 pounds over the Duke senior in the final match of the NWCA All-Star Classic on Friday night in Denver, Colo.

Kolodzik, a third-place finisher at last year's NCAAs, built a 9-0 lead midway through the second period, but Finesilver battled back, scoring a late second-period takedown to cut the deficit to six. The two would trade takedowns in the final period, with Finesilver scoring the final one with 20 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late.

At 141 pounds, second-ranked Joey McKenna (Ohio State) topped No. 5 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) 11-4 in a battle of two-time All-Americans at 141 pounds. After a back-and-forth first period, McKenna led 5-4 after the opening period. The Buckeye senior broke the match open in the second with a four-point nearfall. He added an escape and riding time point to win by seven.

Fourth-ranked Derek White (Oklahoma State) overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat No. 3 Youssif Hemida (Maryland) 7-5 in sudden victory at 285 pounds. Hemida, a returning All-American, used a takedown and two-point nearfall to go up by four points early, but White worked his back into the match and eventually sent the match to sudden victory. In sudden victory, White used a leg attack to secure a match-winning takedown.

No. 3 Myles Amine (Michigan) handled Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) 11-2 at 174 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Amine turned it up in the second period, getting an escpae, takedown and four-point nearfall to go up 7-0. Smith used a reversal to cut the deficit to five, but it was all Amine the rest of the way as he scored with an escape, takedown and a riding time point to get the major decision.

At 184 pounds, No. 3 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) picked up two third-period takedowns to en route to a 10-5 victory over No. 8 Max Dean (Cornell). Venz defeated Dean by five points (11-6) in their previous meeting at the NCAA Division I Championships as well.

In women's action, four No. 1-ranked wrestlers claimed victories: Simon's Fraser's Dominique Parrish (123), McKendree's Alexis Porter (143), Emmanuel's Maria Vidales (109) and Wayland Baptist's Brittany Marshall (170).

Parrish cruised to a 10-0 technical fall over Wayland Baptist's Gabriela Ramos-Diaz, the nation's top-ranked wrestler at 116 pounds.

Porter used a late four-point counter for a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over No. 1 (136) Nicole Joseph (King) at 143 pounds.

In a rematch from last year's NWCA All-Star Classic, Vidales claimed a 12-0 technical fall over Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville).

Marshall upended No. 2 Mariah Harris (Campbellsville) 3-1 at 170 pounds in a rematch from last year's national championship match. The two wrestlers traded passivity points off the shot clock, with Marshall scoring the last one to take a criteria lead. Marshall then added to her lead with a takedown in the final minute.

No. 3 (123) Abby Nette (Emmanuel) picked up a 10-0 technical fall over No. 2 Erika Mihalca (Missouri Baptist) at 130 pounds.

Men:
141: No. 2 Joey McKenna (Ohio State) dec. No. 5 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State), 11-4
149: No. 1 Matt Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. No. 8 Mitch Finesilver (Duke), 12-7
174: No. 3 Myles Amine (Michigan) maj. dec. No. 10 (184) Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State), 11-2
184: No. 3 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) dec. No. 8 Max Dean (Cornell), 10-5
285: No. 4 Derek White (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 3 Youssif Hemida (Maryland), 7-5 SV

Women:
109:  No. 1 Maria Vidales (Emmanuel) tech. fall No. 2 Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville), 12-0
123: No. 1 Dominique Parrish (Simon Fraser) tech. fall No. 1 (116) Gabriela Ramos-Diaz (Wayland Baptist), 10-0
130: No. 3 (123) Abby Nette (Emmanuel) tech. fall No. 2 Erika Mihalca (Missouri Baptist), 10-0
143: No. 1 Alexis Porter (McKendree) dec. No. 1 (136) Nicole Joseph (King), 6-3
170: No. 1 Brittany Marshall (Wayland Baptist) dec. No. 2 Mariah Harris (Campbellsville). 3-1

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