Vosters takes second at the NCAA championships

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ROANOKE, Va. -- Senior Ben Vosters gave it his all and it nearly got him a national championship at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday. He came within a video review in the final seconds, but finished second in the 133 pound weight class.

Vosters advanced to the finals with a 7-6 decision win in the semifinals over No. 6 Charles Nash of Baldwin Wallace. He started fast with a takedown in the first 10 seconds of the match, but Nash escaped to make it 2-1. Vosters chose the down position to start the second period and gained two points on a reversal. After Nash escaped again, Vosters got another takedown to take a 6-2 lead. In the third period, Vosters got a late escape, but Nash was awarded three stalling points to make in close at the end.

In the finals, Vosters fell behind early as No. Jordin James on Mount Union got a takedown. Vosters escaped for a point, but James got a second takedown late as Vosters trailed, 4-1. Vosters couldn't escape from the down position in the second period and James piled up the riding time.

In the decisive third period, James escaped to take a 5-1 lead. Vosters got two points back for a takedown, but James quickly regained the points with a reversal. After Vosters escaped with about a minute left, he got a takedown after video review with 17 seconds remaining to close to within 7-5. He gave James an escape point, but got it back with a stalling penalty. In the final seconds, Vosters made one final attempt at a match-tying takedown, but upon video review, it was waived off and Vosters fell, 9-7.

Vosters finished his senior season with a 29-4 record. As the lone UWSP wrestler to advance to the NCAA Championships, he singlehandedly put the Pointers in a tie for 23rd in the country with 16 points.