1997 NCAA Division I 167lbs Champion
1997 NCAA Division I 167lbs Champion

The first period was scoreless with little action. Both wrestlers were warned for stalling late in the period.

The second period started with Branch taking the down position. Slay could not hang on and Branch put the first score up with an escape with 1:41 left in the period. The remainder of the period was scoreless. Branch led 1 to 0 going into the third.

The third period had Slay opting for the bottom position. Slay evened the score 4 seconds into the period with an escape. Branch regained the lead with one minute left in the match by converting on the single leg and scoring the takedown. Slay escaped with 26 seconds left in the match to bring the score to 3 to 2. Branch was able to hold Slay off for the rest of the match becoming the new NCAA Champion at 167 lbs.

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