NEW YORK CITY – Junior Isaac Jordan put the cap on his season as he finished as a national runner-up for the Wisconsin wrestling team at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Graham High School graduate’s bid for a perfect record was halted by three-time national champion Alex Dieringer (33-0) of Oklahoma State and Jordan finished with a stellar 29-1 record on the season.
Jordan dropped a 6-2 decision to Dieringer at 165 pounds but held the four-time All-American to his tightest match of the tournament, just being edged by four points. Jordan was Wisconsin’s first finalist since 2014.
Oklahoma State’s Dieringer registered a takedown at the 1:25 mark in the first period to go up 2-0 after one period. Dieringer, who ended his collegiate career an 82-match win streak, escaped at the start of the second period to lead 3-0.
Later in the second period, Dieringer added another takedown but this time Jordan was able to escape to make the score 5-1.
Jordan escaped one more time in the third period as Dieringer clinched the close decision with the riding time point, 6-2.
Jordan became a three-time All-American after defeating Nebraska’s Austin Wilson in the quarterfinals (3-1) and is the 13th Badger to earn the distinction three times.
Jordan finished the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 record and the best finish of his career. He brought home the Big Ten title for the second-consecutive year at 165 pounds.
He had a 10-0 dual record on the season and went 9-0 in Big Ten duals. Jordan also went 8-0 against ranked opponents in the regular season.
Ohio State’s Bo Jordan of Graham High School was also an All-American after placing third at 165. Isaac defeated Bo, 5-4, in the national semifinals on Friday.
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