ST. LOUIS –After joining elite company by becoming Duke’s third All-American in Blue Devils wrestling history, redshirt junior Jacob Kasper suffered his first setback of the 2017 NCAA Championships in a 19-6 loss to reigning NCAA Champion Kyle Snyder.
Kasper defeated the No. 5 seed in the morning session to earn an opportunity to land in the title bout of the NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Lexington, Ohio native took an early shot, but couldn’t quite finish it against the Olympic gold medalist. Snyder responded moments later and finished his first shot for the 2-0 lead.
The trend continued for Snyder as Kasper escaped, but wasn’t able to defend Snyder’s shot. The Ohio State junior continued to tack on takedowns to earn a right to add a second NCAA title to his collection.
Kasper, one of 13th wrestlers in Duke history to reach 30 wins in a season, will continue his run in the tournament, taking on No. 7 seed Tanner Hall of Arizona State for a chance to compete in the consolation final.
Duke sits in 32nd place with 9.5 points. Wrestling resumes for the medal round Saturday morning at 11 a.m. All of the matches will be either on ESPNU or ESPN3.