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All-American Jack Dechow still has the opportunity to finish as high as third place on Saturday at the NCAA Championships
Courtesy: ODU Sports

Dechow's Magical Semifinal Run Halted in Heartbreaker to No. 1 Seed

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: March 22, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Old Dominion’s 184-pound redshirt freshman Jack Dechow had his seven match win streak and Cinderella-like run in the Championship Bracket of the 2014 NCAA Tournament come to a heartbreaking end (3-2 decision) against Maryland’s No. 1 nationally ranked and seeded Jimmy Sheptock in the Semifinals on Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Even with the loss, Dechow will be standing on the All-American podium tomorrow night, which makes Dechow the 26th wrestler in school history to garner All-American honors and undoubtedly one of the youngest ever to do it. Dechow is also the only wrestler in school history to All-American at the 184-pound weight class. Regardless of Dechow’s results tomorrow, he can finish no lower than 6th place and as high as 3rd.

On Thursday night with a Quarterfinal victory, Jack Dechow earned himself an extremely challenging opportunity to go up against the No. 1 seeded and nationally ranked Jimmy Sheptock of the University of Maryland in Friday’s Semifinals. The Terp’s redshirt-senior entered Friday night’s match with a flawless 32-0 record.

In the first period of the nationally televised event, Sheptock struck first with a takedown 1:15 into the match. 18 seconds later, Dechow escaped Sheptock’s grasps, making the score 2-1 after the first three minutes of semifinal wrestling.

Jack started the second period on bottom and managed to get loose after 14 seconds to tie the match at 2-2 heading into the third period.

In the third and final period, Sheptock started on bottom and escaped after eight seconds of struggle to take a 3-2 lead. Later in the third, Sheptock was hit with a stall warning; however, it wasn’t enough to snap Sheptock’s now 32 consecutive match win streak, as Dechow fell via a gut-wrenching 3-2 decision.  

Dechow will be right back in action tomorrow morning in the Semifinals of the Wrestleback Bracket against Minnesota’s No. 7 seeded Kevin Steinhaus, who has qualified for three NCAA Tournaments and earned All-American status at all three.

Should Dechow defeat Steinhaus, he will earn a spot to wrestle for third place.

Should Dechow lose to Steinhaus, he will still have the opportunity to wrestle for fifth place.

Tomorrow’s Wrestleback action will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST and will be aired live in HD on ESPNU and ESPN3.

--- RESULT ---

Championship Semifinal Match - 184
No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) dec. No. 13 Jack Dechow (ODU) 3-2

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