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TULSA, Okla. – Matt Ramos pulled off a single of the largest upsets in NCAA wrestling history to book his spot in the championship finals and Parker Filius fought his way to All-America status in an eternal evening for the Purdue Wrestling system at the 2023 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships .

Facing 3-time reigning NCAA champion No. 1 Iowa’s Spencer Lee, fourth-seeded sophomore Ramos came in as a single of the largest underdogs in the semifinal round. Going in, he believed in himself and the work he place in to get there.

“He’s a seriously superior wrestler and I respect him, but I consider I can hang with him,” Ramos mentioned in a pre-match interview. “I function seriously challenging. Just before just about every match I inform myself that I am the finest wrestler in the globe. There is no a single who can hang out with me. I really feel I can. I’ve been instruction for this considering the fact that I walked. to the Purdue wrestling area.”

And he hung out with him. The Lockport native fired hot out of the gate, selecting up a objective and two a lot more on a close to fall to make it four-1 more than the Iowa legend. A 4-point reversal for Lee in the second gave him a five-four lead prior to he got a takedown of his personal with just beneath a minute left in the match.

For quite a few other individuals, that would be the finish, but not for Matt Ramos. As he has carried out twice prior to in this tournament, he turned the tide in his favor late on. Ramos dropped Lee to his back and held him there for 30 seconds prior to lastly finishing off the pin (six:59) to choose up the historic victory.

“It really is a dream for me, but the job is not carried out but,” Ramos mentioned following the win. “I think in my potential and in some cases you just have to let it fly. I knew I had to get some points at the finish, so I went for it. I think in the belief I have in myself and my why. I want to be a state champion and I think that I can be.”


RAMOS PINS LEE!! RAMOS PINS LEE!!🤯@Matt_Ramos2 introduce oneself to the globe! pic.twitter.com/MIkHnkTTo5

— Purdue Wrestling (@PurdueWrestling) March 18, 2023

He is the 1st NCAA finalist for the Boilermakers considering the fact that Chris Fleeger completed second to the fifth seed in 2006 and just the 13th wrestler in system history to attain the finals. He will face no. two Princeton’s Pat Glory to attempt to turn out to be the fifth person champion in Purdue history. The final Boilermaker to spot 1st was Charles Jones in 1992 at 167 pounds in Oklahoma City.

The monumental evening for the Boilermakers continued shortly following sixth-year senior Parker Filius became the program’s 61st All-American with a pin of his personal (six:05) more than Iowa State’s Casey Swiderski in the blood rounds.



The sixth year senior saved his finest wrestling for final and earned his 1st podium finish of his senior season!! #BoilerUp🚂 | #AlwaysAggressive pic.twitter.com/nJAgV8nO0D

— Purdue Wrestling (@PurdueWrestling) March 18, 2023

No. 12 seed Filius is tied for the lowest-seeded Boilermaker ever to go national along with Jason Silverstein, who completed eighth as a No. 12 seed in 1999. They are two of 4 double-digit seeds in Purdue history to fight their way to the podium.

Filius and Ramos are the 1st pair of teammates to earn All-America status in the similar year considering the fact that 2006, when Fleeger and Ben Wissel also did it at the Oklahoma City tournament.

A narrow three-1 loss to No. 11 Clay Carlson of South Dakota State puts Filius in a seventh-spot match against Ohio State’s Dylan D’Emilio, whom Filius has beaten twice currently this season. That contest will take spot in the fifth session, which is scheduled to commence at ten:00 a.m. CT. Ramos’ final match will take spot in the final session and will start off on Saturday evening at 18:00 CET.

final results
NCAA Wrestling Championships
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18th spot – 27. points.

125: #four Matt Ramos (R-Sophomore)

Championship Round 1: #29 Niko Provo (Stanford) – P, D three-two
Championship Round two: #20 Jarrett Trombley (NC State) – W, ​​TB2 five-four
Champ Quarters: #28 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) – W, ​​D eight-7
Halftime Champions: #1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) – F, Fall six:59
Champions Final: #two Pat Glory (Princeton)

141: #12 Parker Filius (Graduate Student)

Championship Round 1: #21 Cleveland Belton (Oregon State) – W, ​​D eight-three
Championship Round two: #five Ryan Jack (Stava North Korea) – W, ​​D 7-six
Championship Quarters: #four Brock Hardy (Nebraska) – L, D 7-
Cons. Round four: #24 Casey Swiderski (Iowa State) – F, Fall six:05
Cons. Round five: #11 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) – P, D three-1
Seventh Spot: Dylan D’Emilio (Ohio State)

157: #12 Kendall Coleman (R-Senior)

Championship Round 1: #21 Andrew Clark (Rutgers) – P, D 9-four
Champions Round two: #five Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) – P, D three-
Cons. Round two: #11 Chase Saldate (Michigan State) – L, D six-four

285: #30 Hayden Copass (R-Freshman)

Very first Round: #three Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) – L, Fall (:34)
Cons. Pigtail: #33 Travis Stefanik (Princeton) – F, SV three-1
Cosn. Round 1: #19 Jonah Nissenbaum (Duke) – L, D six-

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