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Jessie Whitmer of Iowa defeated Lindsay Durlacher of Illinois in a 5-4 decision. Whitmer started the scoring early with a duck under takedown 34 seconds into the match. Durlacher escaped midway through the first period, but Whitmer answered with a late first period takedown to make the score 4-1. Whitmer chose both up in the second period a neither wrestler scored. Durlacher chose down in the third and managed to escape. Whitmer held Durlacher off for the reainder of the period and is the 1997 NCAA Division I champion.

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