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UVU's Wilson Advances to Day Two of NCAA Championships
March 15, 2012
ST. LOUIS - After winning his first two matches on Thursday to advance into the field of 16, Utah Valley University 149-pounder Josh Wilson fell to No. 2 Jamal Parks of Oklahoma State 7-2 in session number two of the 2012 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
With the loss, Wilson will now drop to the wrestleback brackets and face Illinois' Eric Terrazas (23-13) Friday morning.
"Josh wrestled well," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "Parks is tough and quick. He got in on the legs a couple of times and we weren't able to stop him. Josh will now have to win three matches on Friday to be able to place. We'll take them one at a time and hopefully he will be able to accomplish that."
Wilson went toe-to-toe with the returning All-American and undefeated Cowboy, by keeping the bout close until the very end.
Parks (32-0) got on the board first with a takedown a minute into the opening period. Wilson (20-10) then countered with an escape but Parks managed to score another takedown at the end of the frame to jump ahead 4-1. Wilson then bounced back in the second with another escape point to cut the deficit to 4-2.
In the final period, Wilson managed to get Parks' riding time advantage under a minute before letting him go so he could look for a takedown. With the OSU grappler ahead 5-2 in the closing seconds, Parks managed to get another takedown in the closing seconds to win by five.
Earlier in the day, Wilson defeated both Missouri's Kyle Bradley and Rutgers' Mario Mason to advance into the field of 16 against Parks. Wilson cruised past Bradley (21-12) by beating him 7-3 in the pigtail round and gutted out a sudden victory overtime win over Mason (19-4) in the field of 32 with a last second escape to win 4-2.
"This is a tough tournament and a lot of things can happen," Williams added. "We didn't feel that Josh was an unranked wrestler coming into this and we've felt all along that he is capable of beating most of the guys here. So he'll go out and try to prove that on Friday."
Session III (quarterfinals) of the championships will begin Friday at 10 a.m. CT/ 9 a.m. MT. Session IV (semifinals) will then take place Friday at 6 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. MT. Both sessions can be seen on live ESPNU and WatchESPN.com.