Cal Poly Wrestlers Shorts and Schilling Eliminated From NCAAs

Cal Poly Wrestlers Shorts and Schilling Eliminated From NCAAs

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Although Colt Shorts upset the No. 6 seed in the 157-pound bracket Thursday, both Cal Poly wrestlers who qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship have been eliminated.

Shorts went 1-2 in his weight class while Colton Schilling was 0-2 at 141 pounds in the nationals at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Shorts drew the unfortunate task of wrestling in the pigtail match in both the championship and consolation brackets.

The senior from Canonsburg, Penn., dropped an 11-2 major decision to Bryant Clagon of Rider in his first match before upsetting No. 6 Clayton Ream of North Dakota State in an 8-5 decision.

Later in the wrestlebacks, Shorts was outscored by Mike D'Angelo of Princeton, 21-14.

A second-place finisher at 157 pounds at the Pacific-12 Conference Championship three weeks ago at Stanford, Shorts concluded his Cal Poly career with a 69-57 win-loss record. He was 21-14 this season with four falls and five major decisions.

A graduate of Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Penn., Shorts placed second in the Reno Tournament of Champions, fourth at the Roadrunner Open and seventh at the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this season.

Shorts placed eighth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Association Championships and led Canon-McMillan to a state team title. He was 129-30 in four varsity seasons, including a school-record 50 wins as a junior en route to a third-place PIAA finish.

Schilling fell 7-3 to 16th-seeded Jared Prince of Navy in the opening around at 141 pounds, then dropped a 7-6 decision to Brock Zacherl of Clarion in the wrestlebacks.

Schilling, who placed third at 141 pounds in the Pac-12 Championship, closes his junior season with a 13-11 mark and led the team with nine falls.

A graduate of Sweet Home High School in 2013, Schilling sports a 59-39 career record at Cal Poly. He posted a 4-2 mark in the Reno Tournament of Champions and was 2-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational.

At Sweet Home High School, Schilling captured three Oregon state 4A championships and placed second as a junior, compiling a 184-4 career win-loss record with 145 falls.

Shorts is ranked No. 26 in the final NCAA Division I Coaches Poll while Schilling is unranked.

Cal Poly finished tied for 62nd in the final team standings with 0.5 points.

Results for Cal Poly wrestlers:
   141 — Colton Schilling was dec. by No. 16 Jared Prince (Navy) 7-3, was dec. by Brock Zacherl (Clarion) 7-6.
   157 — Colt Shorts was maj. dec. by Bryant Clagon (Rider) 11-2, dec. No. 6 Clayton Ream (North Dakota State) 8-5, was dec. by Mike D'Angelo (Princeton) 21-14.

Photo above of Colt Shorts courtesy of Randy Martin