Former Hermiston wrestlers Sam Colbray and Bob Coleman made their first appearances at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last week, and the tournament came with mixed results.
Colbray reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, but two losses Friday put him out of the tournament, and left him one win shy of the podium in Pittsburgh.
Colbray, a 2016 Hermiston graduate who wrestles for Iowa State, lost a 6-4 quarterfinal match to Chip Ness of North Carolina in overtime at 184 pounds.
After a scoreless first period, Colbray took the down position to start. He maneuvered an escape within 9 seconds, then got a takedown with 48 seconds remaining.
Ness was out of Colbray’s grasp in 2 seconds, then took Colbray down with just 5 seconds left in the round. Colbray got an escape at the buzzer for a 4-3 lead.
Ness started down in the third and got an escape 30 seconds in to tie the score.
In overtime, Ness took Colbray down with 5 seconds remaining.
In the blood round to stay alive for a spot on the podium and All-American status, Colbray dropped a 5-2 decision to Emery Parker of Illinois.
Colbray, a sophomore, finished the season with a 28-8 record.
Colbray, ranked No. 10, opened the tournament Thursday with an impressive 8-2 decision over Jackson Hemaur of Fresno State.
In the Round of 16, Colbray beat Dakota Geer of Oklahoma State 7-4.
Coleman, who won a Pac-12 title at 184 pounds, competes for Oregon State.
Coleman had to win his pigtail match against Christopher Kober of Campbell first thing Thursday morning to reach the main bracket.
Coleman posted a 9-0 victory over Kober, only to draw top-ranked Myles Martin of Ohio State in the first round.
Martin pinned Coleman in 3:22 to send him to the consolation bracket.
Coleman would lose his first consolation match, and finished the season 17-16.