Lauer, Edwards seal All-America status

Both vie for 7th places in NCAA tourney today


March 22, 2003|By Luke Broadwater | Luke Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three years after Brandon Lauer and Frank Edwards won their third Maryland state high school wrestling titles for River Hill and Sherwood, respectively, the duo became NCAA Division I All-Americans yesterday.

With a 15-13 overtime win over Wisconsin's Tom Clum, Lauer, a West Virginia University 133-pounder, placed yesterday at the NCAA national championship tournament. The top eight finishers in each weight bracket gain All-America status.

Edwards, who wrestles at 165 pounds for the Naval Academy, did the same by defeating Wyoming's Levi Prevost, 10-4, in a dominant performance.

"It feels great. I've come a long way since last year," Edwards said. "All the hard work is paying off."

Edwards attributed the victory to his coaches and his practice partners, especially eight teammates who gave up their spring breaks to train with him.

Both wrestlers said they had been tracking each other.

Lauer, said Edwards, "has been wrestling awesome."

Edwards also won twice earlier yesterday. He controlled an 8-0 major decision over Duquesne's Bill Boeh, then defeated Oscar Santiago of Purdue, 3-1.

After winning twice Thursday, Lauer dropped a 7-3 bout to Clarion's Rad Martinez in yesterday's quarterfinals. That loss pitted him against Clum.

And Clum got Lauer in trouble early, building a 5-0 lead. But Lauer battled back, gaining a 13-8 lead before Clum cradled and nearly pinned him late, forcing overtime. Then, Lauer promptly scored with single-leg takedown.

In his next bout, however, the sophomore lost a rematch to Iowa State's fifth-ranked Zach Roberson, 16-1, his second major loss to Roberson this season. But in Wednesday's first round, he pinned Roberson in 4:21.

Lauer will compete for seventh place against former Pennsylvania state champion Evan Sola (North Carolina) today.

Edwards, who lost 10-5 against Ohio State's fifth-ranked John Clark, will also compete for seventh.

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