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Jackson Achieves Seventh-Place at Freestyle Nationals

By Indiana Sports Information , 06/07/16, 12:15PM EDT

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The NCAA All-American junior led 12 Hoosiers in weekend tournament

AKRON, Ohio – The Indiana University wrestling team's Hoosier Wrestling Club sent 12 competitors to last weekend's ASICS University Nationals at the University of Akron. Nate Jackson battled to a seventh-place finish in the 86 kg tournament to lead several promising performances by the Indiana contingent.
 
Jackson finished the weekend with a 5-2 record, earning three tech falls on his way to a top-eight finish. A pair of tech fall wins over Jerald Spohn (Kent State) and Jack Rozema (Ohio State) put Jackson one match away from the championship quarterfinals, where he took a 6-3 decision win against Chattanooga's Bryce Carr. Jackson bowed out of the championship bracket with his quarterfinal loss to Jack Dechow (Old Dominion). He rebounded in the wrestle backs with two more wins, including a 10-7 win in the seventh-place bout over Iowa's Cash Wilcke.
 
In addition to Jackson, a pair of former redshirt freshman reached the quarterfinal round in their weights. Devin Skatzka (80 kg) and Jake Hinz (86 kg) each posted 3-2 records over the weekend.
 
Skatzka began his run with three consecutive wins, opening with a tech fall against Maryland's Idris White. Following that win, Skatzka pulled away from Princeton's Jonathan Schleifer in a close 15-11 decision, and then earned another tech fall win against NC State's Stacy Davis. Skatzka saw his run at the championship come to a close in the quarterfinal round after falling to Phil Bakuckas (Rutgers).
 
Hinz amassed an equally impressive outing in the 86 kg tournament. The true freshman opened his weekend account with a narrow 8-6 decision win against Will Sumner (Utah Valley), followed by an 11-1 tech fall win versus Pittsburgh's Zach Bruce. A one-point decision win over Josh Anthony (UW-Parkside) pushed Hinz into the quarterfinals matchup. In that match, Hinz fell out of the championship with a loss to Iowa's Sammy Brooks, the 2016 Big Ten Champion at 184 lbs.
 
There were a handful of promising performances by Hoosiers who didn't make the quarterfinals, either in the opening rounds or the wrestle-backs. Luke Blanton secured a 1:19 pin in his opening round bout over Edinboro's Zaal Zafari, and followed with a 13-2 tech fall win.
 
Jake Danishek picked up a pair of wins to go 2-2 on the first day of the tournament. The freshman earned an 8-2 decision win over Danny Reed (Columbia) and a 12-2 tech fall win over Christian Monserrat (West Virginia).
 
Norman Conley secured two wins in the 86 kg tournament alongside his teammates, Hinz, Jackson, and Gage Garpow. A tech fall shutout over Minnesota's Faris Karaborni opened the day for Conley, and he followed up in the wrestle-backs with another 10-0 win over Oklahoma State's Luke Bean. Garpow pinned his first-round opponent, North Dakota State's Alex Bleeker, in 1:52.