PHILADELPHIA – Matt Fullowan dropped a pair of matches at the NCAA Wrestling National Championships. The Franklin & Marshall junior fell 8-2 in his first-round match and 2-0 in his consolation bout.
Fullowan was bucked from the championship draw by Boise State's Jake Swartz. The bout was significantly closer than the 8-2 final score indicates. Fullowan trailed 3-2 late in the third when he rejected a Swartz shot and worked in underhooks. With 15 seconds left in the match, he attempted to load up a desperation lateral drop. Swartz felt the move and forced Fullowan to his back, earning three near fall points at the buzzer.
In the consolation round, Bloomsburg's Mike Dessino used an escape and a riding point to advance to the second round of wrestlebacks. He ended Fullowan's season with a record of 27-15. He was F&M's first NCAA qualifier since Justin Herbert '09 earned a wild card berth his senior year. He was the first F&M wrestler to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament since 1998.