OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Senior 197-pound Cody Reed came up one win short of All-American honors in Friday evening’s session of the NCAA Championship at the Chesapeake Engery Arena.
After advancing to the quarterfinals with a pair of wins on Thursday, Reed, a red-shirt senior, fell in both his matches on Friday to end Binghamton’s run at the NCAA Championship. Reed fell to No. 1 Nick Heflin of Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket before losing to No. 3 Morgan McIntosh of Penn State in the wrestle-backs of the consolation bracket.
With an All-American spot on the line Reed fell to McIntosh by major decision, 13-4. McIntosh secured a pair of first-period take downs to take a 4-0 lead into the second frame. Reed was able to escape a McIntosh leg-lock to record his first point, but another takedown by the No. 3 seed gave McIntosh a 7-1 lead heading into the final three minutes. In the final period, Reed was again able escape McIntosh’s grasp but another takedown and riding time gave the Nittany Lion the victory and All-American status.
Reed, who went 2-2 at the NCAA Championship, finishes his career at Binghamton with a record of 94-62 and completes the 2013-14 season with a record of 29-12. Reed became just the second Binghamton wrestler to win his first two matches of the NCAA Championship and advance to the quarterfinals. The Walton, N.Y. native is a three-time NCAA qualifier and compiled a record of 4-6 at three NCAA Championships.
In Reed’s 197-pound quarterfinal bout against top seed Nick Heflin of Ohio State the red-shirt senior fell to the top ranked wrestler in the country 8-1. Late in the first period Heflin secured a takedown after the two wrestlers battled to a stalemate for much of the opening three minutes. In the second period, Heflin added to his lead scoring on an escape and a reversal to take a 5-0 lead into the final two minutes. Reed finally got on the board in the third with an escape but not before another takedown by Heflin. The top seed accumulated almost two minutes of riding time to advance to the semifinals.
Binghamton went 3-4 at the NCAA Championships and accumulated 4.5 points and currently sits in 43rd place in the final team standings.
CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET QUARTERFINALS
No. 1 N. Heflin (OHST) wins by dec. over C. Reed (BING), 8-1
CONSOLATION BRACKET ALL-AMERICAN ROUND
No. 3 M. McIntosh (PSU) wins by maj. dec. over C. Reed (BING), 13-4
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)