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Preston Reaches Round of 12 at NCAA Championships

Preston Reaches Round of 12 at NCAA Championships

Preston came one win away from reaching the podium (Gil Talbot).

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Todd Preston reached the Round of 12 at the 2014 NCAA Championships, but fell one victory shy of reaching the podium after dropping a 2-1 decision to Michigan's Stephen Dutton.

Preston entered the tournament as the 10th-seeded wrestler at 141 lbs. and won both his matches on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals. The sophomore first defeated Daniel Neff of Lock Haven in tiebreakers, 7-4, before taking out Central Michigan's Zach Horan, the seventh seed, by a score of 6-2.

Preston was met by Ohio State's Logan Stieber in the quarterfinals, the second seed and two-time defending national champion. Stieber ended Preston's bid for his own national title with a first-period fall, before 13th-seeded Dutton knocked him from the tournament.

A native of Hampton, N.J., Preston enjoyed a breakout season in which he posted a 25-10 overall record. He captured his first EIWA Championship and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler two weeks ago, and was also named to the All-Ivy League second team.

Junior co-captain James Fox also represented Harvard at the NCAA Championships. Fox went 0-2 in his third appearance at Nationals, falling to eighth-seeded Phillip Wellington of Ohio, 6-5, and ninth-seeded Christian Boley of Maryland, 9-3, at 197 lbs.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

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