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Brian Murphy of Michigan withdraws from NCAA Championships at 157 pounds due to injury

By Leah Howard, Univ. of Michigan | March 10, 2017, 4:53 p.m. (ET)

Photo of Brian Murphy courtesy of the University of Michigan.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan senior Brian Murphy has withdrawn from the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships due to injury, head coach Joe McFarland announced Friday (March 10). Murphy, a 2015 NCAA All-American, was slotted as the No. 10 seed at 157 pounds.

"Obviously, we're extremely disappointed for Brian," said McFarland. "This is not how anyone wants to end their collegiate career, but we all agreed that the risk of further injury was too great. Brian has been a great captain this season and has been a leader in our program throughout his career. Though he won't be on the mat, our team can count on his continued leadership next week in St. Louis."

Murphy took fourth place at the Big Ten Championships last weekend (March 4-5) to qualify for his fourth straight NCAA appearance. The injury occurred in the closing seconds of his third-place match against Nebraska's Tyler Berger.

Murphy ends his collegiate career with a 75-38 record, including a 16-8 mark this season. He had won 10 of his last 12 matches, including victories over Rutgers' John Van Brill, Central Michigan's Colin Heffernan, Wisconsin's T.J. Ruschell, North Carolina State's Thomas Bullard, Purdue's Alex Griffin and Nebraska's Berger -- all in the NCAA field at 157 pounds.

Murphy placed in the top five in all four appearances at the Big Ten Championships, including a third-place finish last season, and claimed NCAA All-America honors with a seventh-place finish as a sophomore in 2015.