Gobbo went 3-2 at the tournament including a win over the 12th-ranked wrestler in the country (Robert Preston).
EVANSTON, Ill. – Sophomore Devon Gobbo picked up a major upset on day one of the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to reach the round of 12.
Gobbo began his tournament at 165 lbs. with a loss to Purdue's Chad Welch (F, 4:23) but quickly rebounded with a 13-3 major decision over Minnesota's Nick Wanzek. Gobbo then earned a 9-6 decision against Rider's Ramon Santiago, seeded sixth and ranked 12th nationally, before registering a 9-3 decision versus Wisconsin's Frank Cousins.
Gobbo faced Josh Houldsworth of Columbia, seeded ninth, in the round of 12 Monday afternoon but fell to the Lion, 4-3, to finish one win shy of the podium.
Classmate Todd Preston also looked strong wrestling unseeded at 141 lbs. His first match came against tenth-seeded Ryan Fillingame of Adams State, whom Preston dispatched with a 6-5 decision. He then lost a tough 5-2 decision to seventh-seeded and ninth-ranked Josh Dziewa of Iowa, before responding with a 4-0 victory versus fourth-seeded and 20th-ranked Shyeim Brown of Maryland. Perston's run came to an end, however, with a 10-7 loss in overtime to Wisconsin's Jesse Thielke.
Harvard was also represented in the tournament by 184-pounder Cameron Croy (1-2), heavyweight Nicholas Gajdzik (1-2), 157-pounder Tyler Grimaldi (1-2), 157-pounder Paul Liguori (1-2), 174-pounder Eric Morris (1-1, pulled due to illness) and 133-pounder Jeffrey Ott (0-2).