CLEVELAND - AU sophomore Michael Labry saw his bid to win a national championship at 133 pounds end on Saturday morning (Mar. 15) with a 3-2 overtime loss to Daniel DeShazer of Nebraska-Kearney.
DeShazer is ranked first in the country and is the defending national champion. Labry is ranked second in the nation. He was attempting to become the first AU national champion since Corey Kline in 1996.
Labry is assured of being an All-America. He will continue wrestling on Saturday in the lower half of the bracket. Labry is 33-5. A year ago, he was fourth at nationals.
Labry is one of three AU wrestlers still in action at this championship event at Public Hall. Bryson Hall is still alive at 184 pounds and Joe Brandt is wrestling at 197 pounds. Hall and Brandt both have one loss in this double-elimination tournament.
Hall's first match on Saturday is against Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist. Brandt will oppose Evan Rosborough of Lake Erie.