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TULSA, Okla. – Matt Ramos pulled off one particular of the greatest upsets in NCAA Wrestling history to book his spot in the championship finals and Parker Filius won his way into All-America status in an all-time evening for the Purdue Wrestling plan at the 2023 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Facing 3-time reigning NCAA champion No. 1 Spencer Lee of Iowa, the sophomore No. four seed Ramos came in as one particular of the largest underdogs of the semifinal round. Going in he believed in himself and the function he had place in to get there.
“He’s a definitely very good wrestler and I respect him, but I feel I can hang with him,” Ramos stated in an interview ahead of the match. “I function definitely difficult. I inform myself ahead of just about every match that I am the ideal wrestler in the planet. There is no one particular that can hang with me. I really feel like I can do it. I’ve been education for this given that I stepped into the Purdue Wresting space.”
And hang with him he did. The Lockport native shot out of the gates hot, bagging a takedown and a two extra on the close to-fall to go up four-1 on the Iowa legend. A 4-point turn for Lee in the second gave him a five-four benefit ahead of he got a takedown of his personal with just below a minute left in the match.
For lots of other people, that would’ve been the finish but not for Matt Ramos. As he had accomplished twice ahead of in this tournament, he turned the tide in his favor late. Ramos dropped Lee on to his back and held him there for 30 seconds ahead of lastly finishing off the pin (six:59) to take the historic win.
“It really is a dream for me, but the job’s not accomplished but,” Ramos stated just after the win. “I trust my potential and in some cases you just have to let it fly. I knew I required to get some points there at the finish, so I went for it. I trust in the belief I have in myself and my why. I want to be a national champion and I think I can be.”

RAMOS PINS LEE!! RAMOS PINS LEE!!🤯@Matt_Ramos2 introduces himself to the planet!

— Purdue Wrestling (@PurdueWrestling) March 18, 2023

He is the 1st NCAA finalist for the Boilermakers given that Chris Fleeger took second location from the 5 seed in 2006 and only the 13th wrestler in plan history to make a final. He will face No. two Pat Glory of Princeton to attempt and grow to be the fifth person champion in Purdue history. The final Boilermaker to take 1st location was Charles Jones in 1992 at 167 pounds in Oklahoma City.
The monumental evening for the Boilermakers continued shortly just after as sixth-year senior Parker Filius became the program’s 61st All-American with a pin (six:05) of his personal more than Iowa State’s Casey Swiderski in the blood-rounds.


The sixth-year senior saved his ideal wrestling for final and earns his 1st podium finish in his final season!! #BoilerUp🚂 | #AlwaysAggressive

— Purdue Wrestling (@PurdueWrestling) March 18, 2023

The No. 12 seed Filius sits tied as the lowest seeded Boilermaker ever to grow to be a national placewinner along with Jason Silverstein who took eighth as the No. 12 in 1999. They are two of the 4 double-digit seeds in Purdue history to wrestle their way to the podium.
Filius and Ramos are the 1st pair of teammates to earn All-America status in the exact same year given that 2006. Back then it was Fleeger and Ben Wissel who also did it in a tournament held in Oklahoma City.
A narrow three-1 loss to No. 11 Clay Carlson of South Dakota State puts Filius into the seventh location match against Ohio State’s Dylan D’Emilio, whom Filius has beaten twice currently this season. That contest will take location in session 5 which is scheduled to start out at ten a.m. CT. Ramos’ finals match will be held in the final session and will start out at six p.m. CT Saturday evening.
NCAA Wrestling Championships
BOK Center
18th Location – 27. pts.
125: #four Matt Ramos (R-Sophomore)
Champ Round 1: #29 Nico Provo (Stanford) – W, D three-two
Champ Round two: #20 Jarrett Trombley (N.C. State) – W, TB2 five-four
Champ Quarters: #28 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) – W, D eight-7
Champ Semis: #1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) – W, Fall six:59
Champ Final: #two Pat Glory (Princeton)
141: #12 Parker Filius (Graduate Student)
Champ Round 1: #21 Cleveland Belton (Oregon State) – W, D eight-three
Champ Round two: #five Ryan Jack (N.C. State) – W, D 7-six
Champ Quarters: #four Brock Hardy (Nebraska) – L, D 7-
Cons. Round four: #24 Casey Swiderski (Iowa State) – W, Fall six:05
Cons. Round five: #11 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) – L, D three-1
Seventh Location: Dylan D’Emilio (Ohio State)
157: #12 Kendall Coleman (R-Senior)
Champ Round 1: #21 Andrew Clark (Rutgers) – W, D 9-four
Champ Round two: #five Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) – L, D three-
Cons. Round two: #11 Chase Saldate (Michigan State) – L, D six-four
285: #30 Hayden Copass (R-Freshman)
Champ Round 1: #three Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) – L, Fall (:34)
Cons. Pigtail: #33 Travis Stefanik (Princeton) – W, SV three-1
Cosn. Round 1: #19 Jonah Nissenbaum (Duke) – L, D six-