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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Five Hawkeye wrestlers finished their seasons on Saturday with All-American honors, but not all of them will stand as high on the podium as they hoped.
Iowa's defending national champion Derek St. John finished in fifth place at 157 pounds, ending his career by winning a medical forfeit in the fifth-place match.
Mike Evans came within seconds of reaching the 174-pound finals on Friday night. But he lost to Oklahoma State's Chris Perry, and then tumbled to sixth place on Saturday. He lost to Penn State's Matt Brown, who Evans had beaten in the tournament quarterfinals, in a fifth-place match.
Heavyweight Bobby Telford lost a third-place match to Northwestern's Mike McMullan to finish in fourth place. Freshman Cory Clark and sophomore Nathan Burak won All-American honors for the first time, placing fifth and eighth respectively.
The Hawkeyes were assured a fourth-place finish headed into the championship round on Saturday at 7 pm.
Northern Iowa took home three All-American honors. Dylan Peters took 6th at 125 pounds to become the highest-placing freshman Panther since 1986.
Top-seeded Joe Colon finished his season with a third-place medal, beating Edinboro's A.J. Schopp 1-0. And Joey Lazor suffered an injury in his first match on Saturday, losing and forfeiting his fifth-place match to finish 6th.