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Originally published: 2013-03-23 23:07:13
Last modified: 2013-03-23 23:07:13

ASU wrestlers eliminated from nationals

by Staff Reports

DES MOINES, IOWA — After one of the most memorable days in Appalachian State wrestling history, redshirt sophomore Dominic Parisi and redshirt freshman Zack Strickland combined for a 0-3 record, ending their campaigns at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Wells Fargo Arena on Friday.

Parisi, who was the first to return to the mats on the second day, squared off against fourth-seeded Nicholas Megaludis of Penn State. Megaludis and Parisi met with matching 30-win seasons, Megaludis controlled the bout and took a 10-2 major decision over Parisi.

The Concord native moved to the wrestleback bracket where he met Minnesota’s David Thorn, who entered the match with three-straight victories in the wrestleback bracket. Parisi came up short and was unable to find much offense, falling to Thorn, 9-2. That loss eliminated Parisi from the tournament.

Parisi finishes his season with a 30-15 record, the most on the active Appalachian roster. Parisi was also the furthest SoCon representative in the 125-man field.

After suffering his first loss on Thursday, Strickland had to make a run in the wrestleback bracket to find the podium. Strickland’s day ended quickly when he fell to Ohio State’s Mark Martin in a highly contested 2-0 loss.

Strickland closes his season with a 25-12 record.

The Mountaineers close their 2012-13 season, but return nine of their 10 starters from the regular season. Appalachian also brings back one of the most highly touted freshmen classes in the program’s history.