Barnes Earns All-America Status in Day Two of NCAAs

March 20, 2009

St. Louis, Mo.Senior Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) battled his way through four matches on Friday, earning All-America status at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament.


Barnes becomes the first All-American since 2007 when Ty Watterson finished fourth at heavyweight, and he garners the 83rd honor for Oregon State.


He will face No. 10 Kyle Borshoff of American in the seventh place match on Saturday morning with matches beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT. Barnes is the only wrestler at 149 pounds to be named an All-American that was not a national top 12 seed.


Barnes came out strong Friday morning, dominating Michael Roberts of Boston University from the start of the match at 149 pounds. Barnes quickly took Roberts down before tallying a three-point near fall. Barnes allowed Roberts only three escapes throughout the match, routing him 14-3 to advance to the fourth consolation round, to face Cesar Grajales of Penn to close the morning session.


Barnes controlled the match against Grajales early with a pair of takedowns in the first period. In the second period, Barnes picked up a takedown and an extra pair of near fall points before his fourth takedown of the match and just over a minute of riding time to defeat Grajales, 11-3, for his third major decision of the tournament.


With the All-America potential on the line, Barnes recorded three takedowns and racked up 1:38 of riding time to hold off Paul Gillespie of Hofstra in a 7-5 decision in the fifth wrestleback round. After the win, Barnes was only three more wins away from a third place finish, but would face No. 6 Jake Patacsil of Purdue.


Barnes scored first against Patacsil, tallying a quick takedown, but Patacsil would control the match after that. Barnes fell to Patascil, 10-2, securing at least an eighth place finish.


Junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) scored a pair of escapes in his only match of the day at 165 pounds, but No. 7 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska picked up the 7-2 decision to end Davis’ run in the tournament.


Oregon State Results


133 Pounds –

No. 12 Steve Bell (Maryland) major decision over Kelly Kubec (Oregon State), 9-0

Kyle Hutter (Old Dominion) decision over Kelly Kubec (Oregon State), 7-3


149 Pounds –

Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State) major decision over Robert Sanders (Nebraska), 11-3

No. 1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) fall over Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State), 3:47

Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State) major decision over Michael Roberts (Boston), 14-3

Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State) major decision over Cesar Grajales (Penn), 11-3

Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State) decision over Paul Gillespie (Hofstra), 7-5

No. 6 Jake Patacsil (Purdue) major decision over Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State), 10-2


165 Pounds –

No. 4 Moza Fay (N. Iowa) fall over Keegan Davis (Oregon State), 1:00

Keegan Davis (Oregon State) decision over Paul Young (Indiana), 3-1 (OT)

No. 7 Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska) decision over Keegan Davis (Oregon State), 7-2


Heavyweight –

No. 4 Jared Rosholt (Oklahoma State) decision over Clayton Jack (Oregon State), 9-3

David Marone (Virginia Tech) major decision over Clayton Jack (Oregon State), 10-2


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