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What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30 years?

1981 – 134 Jim Gibbons [6] - Iowa State (16-8) Darryl Burley [1] - Lehigh
4 (22.2%)
1981 - 158 Ricky Stewart [2] - Oklahoma State (WBF 4:56) Dave Schultz [1] – Oklahoma
2 (11.1%)
1986 - 158 Jude Skove [6] - Ohio State (5-2) Greg Elinsky [1] - Penn State
1 (5.6%)
1995 - 190 J.J. McGrew [3] - Oklahoma State (8-6) Joel Sharratt [1] – Iowa
0 (0%)
2000 - 141 Carl Perry [8] - Illinois (5-3) Michael Lightner [2] - Oklahoma
1 (5.6%)
2003 - 184 Jake Rosholt [10] - Oklahoma State (13-5) Scott Barker [4] – Missouri
1 (5.6%)
2003 - 197 Damion Hahn [6] - Minnesota (5-4) Jon Trenge [1] – Lehigh
2 (11.1%)
2007 - 125 Paul Donahoe [6] - Nebraska (3-1 SV) Sam Hazewinkel [1] – Oklahoma
2 (11.1%)
2007 - 165 Mark Perry [2] - Iowa (4-3) Johny Hendricks [1] - Oklahoma State
3 (16.7%)
2009 - 149 Darrion Caldwell [3] - North Carolina State (11-6) Brent Metcalf [1] – Iowa
2 (11.1%)

Total Members Voted: 14

Voting closed: February 11, 2010, 09:31:53 PM

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What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:31:53 PM »
I’m sure most people would agree that Owings over Gable was the greatest upset in NCAA finals history but what about the last 30 years.  If you look at the years you’ll notice that upsets are becoming more common.

I don’t have specific info on all of these match-ups so some are based on the seed differences but the ones I do know are as follows:

Schultz defeated Stewart 3-10, 2-9 & 2-4 before being pinned by Stewart in ‘81

Burley was a two time finalist, one time champion when Gibbons beat him ‘81.

JJ McGrew was defeated by Joel Sharratt 3-7, 2-3, 4-8 and 5-10 before winning 8-6 in ‘95.

Rosholt’s record was 17-10 going into the NCAA, had lost to the Missouri back-up earlier in the year and was beaten 8-1 by Barker in the Big-12’s two weeks before completely demolishing him in ‘03.

Hendricks defeated Perry 7-6OT, 3-1, 5-2 and 4-3 before losing 4-3 in 07.

Elinsky and Skove had never met that I can find.

Hazewinkle was a three time third place finisher when he lost to Donahoe in ‘07

I’m not sure about their exact head-to-head record but I know Caldwell pinned Metcalf in one of their previous meetings and I believe Metcalf had teched Caldwell.

Please feel free to add in info that might support your choice.

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010, 08:58:11 AM »
This is a tough one. Could be any one of several. I'll go with Gibbons.
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010, 03:54:36 PM »
Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2010, 01:23:48 AM »
Haze had majored Donahoe at the Big XII before the NCAA.
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2010, 06:57:20 PM »
Not even on the board.

Rohn decking Lambrecht when down by 11 with less than a minute left in the 3rd period.  Lambrecht was only the 6th seed, but Rohn was #8.  

Caldwell shouldn't even be on the board.
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2010, 08:47:53 PM »
Caldwell is on the board

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 11:35:41 AM »
what about Marianetti vs. McIlravey?   I'd vote this match by far

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2010, 12:50:23 PM »
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what about Marianetti vs. McIlravey?   I'd vote this match by far

That was a good one, I don't know how I missed it.

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2010, 01:02:39 PM »
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Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.

This comes up every so often but in '94 Branch was 9-8 going into the NCAA and was rightly unseeded.  He defeated unranked Laszlo Molnar of C.S. Fullerton in the finals which could only be considered an upset if you consider that Molnar defeated the #3, #5 & #1 wrestlers to get to the finals while Branch only beat the #2, #10 & #6.  I don;t know Laszlo's W/L record.

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2010, 01:23:32 PM »
Quote from: "Old Number Nine"
Quote from: "ctc"
Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.

This comes up every so often but in '94 Branch was 9-8 going into the NCAA and was rightly unseeded.  He defeated unranked Laszlo Molnar of C.S. Fullerton in the finals which could only be considered an upset if you consider that Molnar defeated the #3, #5 & #1 wrestlers to get to the finals while Branch only beat the #2, #10 & #6.  I don;t know Laszlo's W/L record.
How could Molnar beaten the #1 AND #3 seeded wrestlers as they are in the opposite sites of the bracket? Did you mean #1, #5 & #4?
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2010, 07:35:25 PM »
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Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.

Mark Branch beat
#2 Chad Renner, Oregon State,
Jim Brasco, Duquesne
#7 Chris Studer, Boston University
#6 Jason Leonard, Oklahoma (  :roll: who had beaten #3 Ray Brinzer)
Laszlo Molnar, Cal State-Fullerton for the title

Laszlo Molnar beat
Matt Orton, Southwest Missouri
#4 Rick Hepp, Lehigh
#5 Chris Kwortnik, North Carolina State
#1 Shaon Fry, Missouri in the semi

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2010, 07:37:32 PM »
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Quote from: "ctc"
Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.

Mark Branch beat
#2 Chad Renner, Oregon State,
Jim Brasco, Duquesne
#7 Chris Studer, Boston University
#6 Jason Leonard, Oklahoma (  :roll: who had beaten #3 Ray Brinzer)
Laszlo Molnar, Cal State-Fullerton for the title

Laszlo Molnar beat
Matt Orton, Southwest Missouri
#4 Rick Hepp, Lehigh
#5 Chris Kwortnik, North Carolina State
#1 Shaon Fry, Missouri in the semi

Jason Leonard is now an atty working for OU.
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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2010, 11:21:03 PM »
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Mark Branch had a losing record in I think 95 and won it all.

This comes up every so often but in '94 Branch was 9-8 going into the NCAA and was rightly unseeded.  He defeated unranked Laszlo Molnar of C.S. Fullerton in the finals which could only be considered an upset if you consider that Molnar defeated the #3, #5 & #1 wrestlers to get to the finals while Branch only beat the #2, #10 & #6.  I don;t know Laszlo's W/L record.
How could Molnar beaten the #1 AND #3 seeded wrestlers as they are in the opposite sites of the bracket? Did you mean #1, #5 & #4?

I fat fingered a 3 and a 4 and deleted the wrong one, sorry.  The points the same, while an great story of a great accomplishment, the final was no great upset.

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Re: What was the greatest upset in an NCAA final in the last 30
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2010, 12:33:54 AM »
Marinetti beating mcilravy was nuts.
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