Marszal seemed content with his 3-2 lead, but Beers was anything but.
“There wasn’t much time left, so I kind of expected it,” Marszal said of Beers’ last-second charge. “Usually when it comes down to the last couple seconds, kids get sloppy and shoot their arms open. Then you just pancake them.”
Marszal dodged the attack and countered with a strong takedown that led to back points and a 7-2 victory by decision for his first state berth.
Perhaps the most intriguing match of the D-II tournament, which ran concurrently with the D-I championships, was Walton vs. Walton for the 113-pound title. That materialized when third-seeded Wood and fifth-seeded Logan Robinson scored huge upsets in the semifinal round. An at-large state pick last season, Wood edged Maine-Endwell’s Kobe Garrehy with a 6-4 overtime decision. More surprising, though, was Robinson’s third-period pin of Oxford’s Joe Nelson, the top seed who placed third at states last season.
Robinson seemed to ride a wave of confidence into the final against Wood, who headed into the final with a 3-1 season record against his frequent sparring partner.
“It was weird,” said Wood, mired in a 1-0 deficit for the majority of the match before scoring the decisive points on a reversal from the down position with about 30 seconds left. “He’s a lot tougher out here on the mat; a lot tougher. He was really good on top.”
True, but Robinson made a crucial mistake toward the end.
“I probably shouldn’t have done what I did,” he said. “I hooked on him the wrong way and I should have just rode him out the last little bit. I’ll be thinking about that for a long time.”
Wood didn’t have all that much time to think about anything before the big move.