CLEVELAND – Senior Austin Bellile of the MSOE wrestling team took seventh place at 285 pounds and was named an All-American with his third win at the NCAA Championships Saturday morning at the Cleveland Auditorium.
Bellile opened his day with a tough loss by fall in 4:36 to go to the seventh-place match. Once there, he ground out a 3-2 win to post the highest national finish in program history. He is also the third All-American.
In the decisive match of the day, Bellile scored first with a late takedown in the first period against Cornell's Tyler Ortmann. Heading into the second frame with the score at 2-0, Ortmann chose down and escaped to get on the board, sending the match to the final period at 2-1.
Bellile chose down this time and escaped in six seconds to open a 3-1 advantage. He then held on, conceding a point on a pair of stalling calls in the closing seconds.
Bellile follows in the footsteps of MSOE Hall of Famers Matt Schoenherr (285#, 2004) and Matt Huset (197#, 2003), who each took eighth place at their respective weights.
In the first match of the day, Bellile fell to Konrad Ernst of UW-La Crosse. He scored first with a takedown inside the first minute and led 2-1 after one period. Ernst then chose down to start the second and escaped with 1:06 remaining. He came back and got Bellile with a takedown with 27 seconds to go and quickly converted the pin.
The seventh-place finish earned MSOE 7.5 team points, placing the Raiders 35th in the team standings.
Bellile finishes the season 14-2 and his career with an 85-23 record. He is 10th in school history in career wins but ends second with a .787 winning percentage and 39 falls.