Evans escape sends Hawkeye into 174-pound semifinal

Evans tops Penn State's Matt Brown in overtime

Published: March 21 2014 | 11:42 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:57 am in

OKLAHOMA CITY - Two in a row for Mike Evans.

Not only did he record his second straight win over Penn State's Matt Brown, but he also earned his second straight All-America honor.

Evans escaped in the final 10 seconds of overtime tiebreaker to beat Brown, 5-4, in the 174-pound quarterfinals at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Evans, who placed sixth last year, hit a granby roll to get away for the decisive point. He said he was electrified and excited than tired during the final periods.

Brown opened the scoring with a takedown, but Evans answered with a takedown on the edge of the mat late in the first. Brown tied it, 3-3, by the end of the opening period. They each added escapes to force the overtime.

Evans advances to face Oklahoma State's top-seeded and defending national champion Chris Perry.

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