Guy Patron, Jr. places 3rd in his first NCAA Division III Championships
March 11th, 2017| Written by: Editor | Photos by Larry Radloff of via James Naprstek



La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI -- After losing his first match 8-4 to #6 Kyle Kosar of Messiah College in his first NCAA Division III Championships tournament, Guy Patron, Jr. of Loras College had to win a consolation "pigtail" to continue wrestling for third place.  He won that match 11-3 over Gage Gladysz of Thiel, PA.  Landing in the first round of consolations, the former Jesuit Blue Jay went on a 4-0 streak to make the consolation finals.  In that run he defeated the #4, #8 and #2 seeded wrestlers.

Loras scored 46.5 points and placed sixth as a team.  Wartburg College won with 124.5 points, 44.5 points ahead of runner-up Augsburg College..

Final 197 lbs. Bracket


Patron started Saturday the way he ended on Friday, by defeating a seeded wrestler.  The matches, however, were hardly mirror images. 

Friday, in the second round of consolations, Patron fell behind 8-0 against the #4 seed, Devon Carillo of Wesleyan College.  In the second period Patron chose to start in the neutral position, and he scored a takedown, but Carillo answered that with an escape and another takedown to make the match score 11-2 after two rounds.  Rather than risking a tie-up with Patron in the third period, Carillo started on top.  When the whistle blew to start the third period, Patron became a "rock," and did not let Carillo move him.  As Carillo tried to get into a position from which he could "break down" Patron, Patron saw an opening and quickly reversed Carillo.  The reverse left Carillo's shoulders perpendicular to the mat, but Patron lifted Carillo and put him on his back for a fall in 4:58.

In the consolations quarterfinals Patron faced eighth-seeded Kacee Hutchinson of Greensboro College.  Using a takedown and 10 nearfall points, Patron racked up a 12-0 lead after the first period.  Hutchinson chose to start in the neutral position, and that was fine with Patron.  The Loras freshman quickly took down Hutchinson and scored a fall in 3:29.  After that match Patron earned a spot in the consolation semifinals and was guaranteed at least a sixth-place finish.

Patron's consolation semifinals opponent was second-seeded Kyle Fank of Wartburg College, who lost to third-seeded Carlos Toribio of Ithaca College 4-3 in the semifinals. Patron gave up a takedown in the first period, and Fank built-up a large "riding time" deficit for Patron.  Fank chose bottom for the beginning of the second period and scored an immediate escape.  But in the last 30 seconds Patron did something akin to a Peterson, reversing Fank and scoring four nearfall points to take a 6-5 lead.  Patron chose the bottom starting position for the third period, knowing the score was actually tied due to Fank's riding time.  One more point was all Patron needed, and Fank made him earn it, eventually losing control of Patron and allowing an escape.  Neither could score on their feet again, and Patron advanced to the consolation finals with a 7-6 win.In the consolation finals Patron found himself competing with another unseeded opponent, Triston Engle of New York's Brockton College.  Engle won his first match on Friday 3-1, but then was beaten by Fank 5-0 in the second round.  In the consolation rounds Engle scored falls in 1:00 and 2:45.  In the consolation semifinals Engle won via an injury to fifth-seeded A.J. Koral of Steven's Tech.

In the consolation finals match Patron scored a takedown after the first 30 seconds and then used a tilt to score four nearfall points at 2:15 in the first period.  With a 6-0 Patron lead, plus about two minutes of "riding time," Engle chose the top position.  He controlled Patron through most of the round but allowed a reversal at 4:40 (1:40 of the second round) to give Patron an 8-0 lead.  In the third period Patron chose to start in the neutral position.  At the 6:15 point of the match Engle scored a takedown to make the score 8-2.  Engle eliminated Patron's "riding time" but gave up an escape with 0:01 remaining in the match.  Patron survived that one-second of time and placed third with a 9-2 victory.

A summary of Patron's matches may be found below:

Round 1 Consolation Pigtail C1 C2 C-QTRs C-Semis C-Finals
Opponent (Seed) Kyle Kosar (6) Gage Gladysz Dylan Diebitz Devon Carillo (4) Kacee Hutchinson Kyle Fank (2) Triston Engle
School Messiah Thiel College WIS Stevens Pnt. Wesleyan Greensboro Wartburg Brockport
Win/Loss Loss Win Win Win Win Win Win
Score 8-4 11-3 13-6 4:58 3-29 7-6 9-2
Opponent's Finish 6th DNP DNP DNP 8th 5th 4th

Overall Patron recorded a 6-1 win-loss record in placing third.

Duhawks Clint Lembeck (141 lbs.) and Jimmy Davis each placed fifth for Loras.  Lembeck defeated Joseph Ferinde of Johnson and Wales University via a fall in 5:51 and Davis defeated Mark Choinski of Wisconsin-Oshkosh via a 15-5 major decision.

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