Cedar Rapids, Iowa - March 14, 2014 - Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) advanced to day two of the 2014 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Saturday, knowing that at the end of the day, he would be an All-American.
On Friday night, Foley earned an 8-4 decision win over Anthony Carlo of Ursinus with All-America honors on the line. Entering Saturday's competition, Foley couldn't finish below eighth place.
The junior won one of three matches on Saturday, finishing sixth overall in the 165 pound weight class to earn All-America honors in his first ever appearance on the national stage. Foley becomes the sixth All-American for the Pride in the past three seasons and the 28th in the program's Division III history.
Foley earned a 4-3 decision win in his first match of the day on Saturday, beating Stephen Aiello from Wheaton (IL). With the win, the junior advanced to the consolation semifinals, to take on top-seeded Chris Burdge of Centenary. Burdge was unbeaten on the season until a loss on Saturday morning to No. 5 Nicholas Carr, who had also beaten Foley on Friday.
The consolation semifinal was a battle between Burdge and Foley, but top-seeded Burdge came away with the narrow 1-0 decision. Burdge scored one point early on and that would be the deciding factor as the pair battled scoreless the rest of the match. Burdge improved to 20-1 on the season while Foley fell to 42-8, moving on to wrestle No. 4 Cedric Gibson of Whitewater for fifth place.
In the fifth place match, Foley battled tough against his second top-four wrestler of the day. Foley fell to No. 4 Gibson (26-7) in a 5-3 decision to finish sixth overall. After a scoreless first period, Gibson capitalized with a takedown in the second. Gibson scored four points to go ahead 4-0 after two. Foley showed his toughness, though, scoring three points in the third, making it a 4-3 match, but Gibson picked up one more point down the stretch to earn fifth place in a 5-3 decision. Foley finishes the season with a record of 42-9.