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Strayer knocked out of NCAA tournament

In College Sports, Forest Hills, Wrestling on March 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Penn State senior Jake Strayer, a former standout at Forest Hills, fell twice on Friday, ending his career with the Nittany Lions in stunning fashion.

After a morning-session loss, Strayer faced Navy’s Joe Baker on Friday night and was leading early, until a referee’s decision cost him his tournament.

Strayer took command in the first period against Baker and was riding the No. 8 seed for better than a minute. But the Navy corner called for an illegal hold as Strayer worked from the top and the referee awarded Navy the call. Then, the Midshipmen’s corner determined its wrestler was too injured to continue, and the referee ruled Strayer’s move was intentionally dangerous. That judgment disqualified Strayer at the 2:41 mark of the first period.

A victory would have ensured Strayer his second All-American season with Penn State.

Strayer, ranked No. 10 in his weight class, fell 15-6 to second-ranked Reece Humphrey of Ohio State in the morning quarterfinals. Humphrey controlled throughout the duration of the match, scoring four takedowns against Strayer, who finished seventh in the nation as a sophomore.

While Strayer didn’t finish as high as he would have liked, we want to offer our hearty congratulations to a sensational athlete and individual. He has overcome a lot during his career with the Nittany Lions and we expect there are plenty more good things to come from him in the future.

Strayer DQ’d on controversial call (The Tribune-Democrat)

Penn State’s release on Day 2 of the tournament

For the updated NCAA wrestling brackets, click here.

For weight class scoring and live updates, click here.

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