Saul Ervin, a redshirt sophomore 141-pounder, was eliminated from NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday, March 18 after two losses at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Ervin lost his first match by a 2-0 decision to Zachary Sherman from the University of North Carolina. Ervin then lost in a 4-2 sudden victory overtime match against No. 7 seed Ian Parker from Iowa State.
This was Ervin’s first time to qualify for NCAA, and Head Coach Jeremy Spates said Ervin wrestled well against the competition.
“Both guys [Ervin faced] were seeded in the top ten of the country, so they’re both very good wrestlers and a year or two older than him,” Spates said.
Spates said since Ervin is only a sophomore, he still has time to continue to improve.
“Him being a sophomore [and] getting bigger and stronger in the next couple of years will really help him get to hand fighting,” Spates said.