Michael captures 6th place, SOU finishes 16th

DES MOINES, Iowa — Chandler Michael's third upset of the 61st annual NAIA Wrestling Championships propped him up to a sixth-place finish Saturday afternoon at the Jacobson Exhibition Center.

Michael, Southern Oregon University's junior 149-pounder, became an NAIA All-American for the first time in his third appearance at the tournament, getting redemption after missing the placing matches by one win in 2017. It's the seventh year in a row the Raiders have produced an All-American at 149.

The Gresham product accounted for 15 of SOU's 30 team points. The Raiders are locked into 16th place out of 49 teams going into the evening session's championship finals. Grand View (Iowa) has already clinched its seventh consecutive title.

Michael entered the weekend seeded No. 11. After staying alive with wins by fall over the Nos. 4 and 8 seeds to cap Friday's action, he started Day 2 by pinning No. 5 seed Richard Pocock of Hastings (Neb.) in 3:22 to reach the consolation semifinals.

He went on to lose to No. 3 Devin Reynolds of Grand View, by fall in 2:58, and Austin Roper of Benedictine (Kan.) in the fifth-place match by 12-7 decision. Michael finished the season as SOU's wins leader with a 31-11 record.

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