Dies and Ciarcia Advance In NCAA Wrestling Championship

March 19, 2004

St. Louis, MO -

Seniors David Dies and Nick Ciarcia will be wrestling Friday night with a chance to earn All-American honors with a victory.

Dies, who won three matches on Thursday, lost his first match on Friday to the tournament's number one seed at 149, Harvard's Jesse Jantzen, by a narrow 5-2 score. Dies will face Oklahoma State's Jeff Eckloff, the number 10 seed, tonight. A victory over Eckloff will assure Dies of at least eighth place and All-American honors.

Ciarcia battled back from a tough loss on Thursday to win a late match Thursday night and two bouts on Friday in the consolation bracket at 184. Ciarcia earned a 9-4 decision over Wyoming's Sam Wendland, and jumped all over Brady Reinke from Wisconsin, winning by fall in 1:16. Ciarcia's third win came over eight-seed Nick Frost from Arizona State, taking a 3-1 decision. Tonight, Ciarcia will battle Lehigh's Travis Fink, the number 10 seed. A win against Fink would guarantee Ciarcia at least an eighth place finish and All-American status.