DES MOINES, Iowa -- Northwestern wrestler Jason Welch made it to the 157-pound championship match at the NCAA Championships March 21-23 but lost 3-2 to Derek St. John of Iowa in his final collegiate match.
With his runner-up finishes, Welch, a Las Lomas High graduate, achieved All-America status as he wraps up his career a three-time honoree.
After a scoreless first period in the championship, Welch, a redshirt senior, chose down to start the second. He was unable to escape and with the scoreboard still showing 0-0, St. John took two minutes of riding time into the final frame.
St. John began the third period down and early in the frame, the Northwestern coaches challenged that Welch had turned St. John for two backpoints. After an official review, no points were awarded and the match remained 0-0. St. John received a point in the period for a locked hands call against Welch, giving him the 1-0 lead and escaped to go ahead 2-0.
With 1:03 left in the frame, Welch evened things up at 2-2, taking down St. John. Welch began to erase St. John's riding time and had it down to 50 seconds before the Iowa wrestler escaped with 35 seconds remaining. That would be the final score as St. John hung on for the victory.
Welch finished his Northwestern career with a 116-22 record. He improved his placement at NCAA's each year, finishing sixth in 2011, fourth in 2012 and second in 2013. He is in the Northwestern record books for career wins (seventh all-time), career winning percentage (sixth; .841) and is just the sixth three-time All-American in Northwestern history.