ST. LOUIS – Seth Gross’ quest to become the first South Dakota State University wrestler to win an individual Division I national title came up a point short against Iowa’s Cory Clark, 4-3, Saturday night at Scottrade Center. The second-seeded Gross scored the first points of the match on a takedown with about a minute to go in the opening period. Clark escaped late in the period and evened the score at 2-all with another escape midway through the second period. Gross held a riding-time advantage of 1 minute, 19 seconds at the start of the third period and took a 3-2 lead in the first 10 seconds of the decisive period with an escape. However, Clark would come up with what would turn out to be the winning takedown midway through the third period and rode out the remainder of the match for the 4-3 victory. A three-time finalist, Clark won his first national title and finished an injury-plagued season with a 20-3 record.
Gross, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minnesota, ended the season 34-2 overall while making his second appearance at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
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