Ramos places fourth in final Nationals appearance
He may have come just short in his final competition for the Raiders, but Evan Ramos will go down in Shippensburg University history as one of its all-time greatest wrestlers.
Ramos completed his collegiate career this weekend at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as the sole representative for the Raiders. He went into the competition as the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, having captured the regional championship last week for the second year in a row.
Ramos earned two decisions in his opening two bouts, but was unable to get past his opponent in the semifinal round. He was pinned late in the first round by St. Cloud State’s national No. 3 wrestler Vince Dietz.
He bounced back in the consolation bracket, however, posting a major 12–5 decision over Matt Rudy from Limestone College in his next bout. Ramos faced his final opponent of the tournament in the third-place bout, dropping a close match to No. 5 Morgan Smith from Simon Fraser University. Ramos had picked up a win over Smith on Friday in his second bout of the tournament after suffering a defeat against Smith in last year’s championships.
His effort in the championships was good enough to be named an All-American for the second consecutive season, only the eighth wrestler in SU history to earn multiple All-American honors in his career and the first in 10 years.
Ramos improved from his fifth-place finish from last season, finishing his senior season with an overall 26–3 record. His only losses against Division II opponents came in the championships.
His final record as a Raiders is an impressive 98–17, including a 7–6 record at the NCAA tournament. Ramos finishes as a two-time All-American and two-time Super Region I Champion, as well as finishing as one of the winningest and most decorated wrestlers in school history.