March 8, 2009

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team captured its 24th straight regional title and six Panthers earned automatic berths into the 2009 NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Regional held in Butler-Hancock Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus on Saturday.

UNI's Trent Washington (141 lbs.), Trevor Kittleson (149 lbs.), Moza Fay (165 lbs.), Alex Dolly (184 lbs.), Andrew Anderson (197 lbs.) and Christian Brantley (285 lbs.) earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo. The Panthers crowned four champions and Kittleson was the Panthers' only second-place finisher to earn the nod to St. Louis and the Scottrade Center.

Final Team Standings 1. UNI 94.0 2. Wyoming 92.5 3. Northern Colorado 70.5 4. North Dakota State 39.5 5. South Dakota State 24.5 6. Air Force 12.5

Finals Redshirt freshman Trent Washington (Omaha, Neb.) earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the 141-pound title. Washington scored a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second period to go along with a riding time point in a 5-3 win over Kenny Hashimoto (UNC).

Junior Tyson Reiner (Mitchell, S.D.) dropped the 157-pound title match to Justin Gaethje (UNC), 6-4. Reiner trailed 5-2 just into the third period and nearly completed the comeback as he tallied a takedown with 57 seconds left and the released Gaethje. Gaethje was hit with a stalling warning but Reiner could not secure the final takedown in the closing seconds.

Senior Moza Fay (Anamosa, Iowa) captured his third straight West Regional title by winning the 165-pound title with a 19-8 major decision over Alex Rieder (Wyoming). Fay's two victories moved him into a tie for seventh place on the Panthers' all-time wins list with 115 career wins. Fay is tied with Gary Steffensmeier (1988-1992).

Senior Alex Dolly (Mishawaka, Ind.) earned his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish at 184 pounds. Dolly lost a 6-2 decision to Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) in the 184-pound title match, but 184 pounds was a weight that the West Regional was awarded two automatic bids into the NCAA Championships.

Senior Andrew Anderson (Sioux City, Iowa) secured his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the 197-pound regional title. Anderson captured the crown with a 3-1 victory over Tyler Sorenson (SDSU).

Redshirt freshman Christian Brantley (Homewood, Ill.) won the heavyweight regional title with a 7-5 victory over Jason Stripling (SDSU). It is Brantley's first trip to the NCAA Championships. Brantley's win also secured the team title for the Panthers as UNI edged Wyoming, 94.0-92.5.

Following the finals matches, UNI's Trevor Kittleson wrestled for a berth into the NCAA Championships as he wrestled a true-second match against Ryan Adams (NDSU). Kittleson scored a 7-6 victory over Adams and will advance to the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds.

Consolation Finals Redshirt freshman Cruse Aarhus had to settle for fourth place at 125 pounds following a 7-6 loss to No. 3-seeded Justin Solberg (NDSU). The difference in the match proved to be a riding time point for Solberg.

True freshman Steven Fitzgerald secured third-place honors at 133 pounds following a 10-7 victory over Derek Gillespie (Air Force). Fitzgerald scored the early takedown and added a two-point nearfall to take a 4-0 lead in the match. Gillespie gained a reversal to cut the margin in half midway through the first period. Fitzgerald took a 7-4 lead into the third period.

Sophomore Trevor Kittleson had to work overtime to get a shot at true second place when he tallied a 4-2 sudden victory over Chase Smith (Wyoming). The match was scoreless through two periods, but Kittleson did ride out Smith in the second period. Kittleson escaped with 1:34 left in the match to take a 1-0 lead. Then Kittleson appeared the win the match at the buzzer, but the referees huddled and determined Smith was to be credited with a takedown prior to the buzzer sounding. So Kittleson took matters into his own hands in the sudden victory period by notching a takedown for the victory.

No. 1-seeded Jarion Beets (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) finished his first regional tournament with a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound bracket. Beets fell to Scott Elliott (SDSU) in the third-place match, 6-5.

Consolation Semifinals UNI moved four of its wrestlers into the consolation finals with victories in the 1:30 p.m. session at the 2009 NCAA West Regional.

Cruse Aarhus moved into the third-place match with an impressive 11-3 major decision over Alan Marvin (SDSU) at 125 pounds.

Steven Fitzgerald received a bye into the third-place match at 133 pounds, so he did not wrestle in the consolation semifinals.

Trevor Kittleson advanced to the third-place match with a 10-4 triumph over Alec Williams (Air Force) at 149 pounds.

Jarion Beets earned a spot in the third-place match at 174 pounds with an 11-2 major decision over Adam Aho (NDSU). Beets trailed 1-0 early in the second period but exploded with a trio of takedowns and a nearfall to earn a bonus point for the Panthers.

Semifinals The University of Northern Iowa advanced six wrestlers into their respective championship weight classes at the 2009 NCAA West Regional. The finals will begin later this afternoon at 4 p.m. UNI advanced wrestlers to the final at 141, 157, 165, 184, 197 and heavyweight.

At 125 pounds, Wyoming's No. 1-seeded Michael Martinez recorded a 12-3 major decision over UNI's Cruse Aarhus.

Freshman Steven Fitzgerald dropped his semifinal match on a defensive fall in the second period against No. 2 seed Brett Bahe (UNC) at 133 pounds. Fitzgerald trailed 4-2 at the time of the fall and was attempting to turn Bahe over for some back points, but got too high and was pinned by Bahe at the 4:32 mark of the match.

No. 1-seeded Trent Washington advanced with a nail-biting 5-2 victory over No. 4-seeded Gabriel Mooney (NDSU). Washington led 3-2 heading into the final 20 seconds of the match. However, Mooney shot in a with a deep single, but an amazing scramble by Washington kept Mooney at bay. Washington then added a takedown with one second left for the final 5-2 margin.

At 149 pounds, No. 2-seeded Mitchell Polkowske (UNC) jumped out a 2-0 lead over No. 3-seeded Trevor Kittleson only seven seconds into the match. Polkowske added a three-point nearfall before Kittleson escaped with 1:35 left in the first period. Kittleson cut the lead in half to 5-3 with a takedown at the 1:03 mark of the first. Polkowske upped the lead back to four with a reversal with 10 seconds left in the first stanzaKittleson trailed 8-3 entering the third period, but put on an exciting takedown display in the final two minutes. Kittleson scored a trio of takedowns in the final period with the last one coming with three seconds left in the match. The match ended with Polkowske holding a 10-9 lead, but UNI head coach Brad Penrith protested the score as he deemed the riding time clock was inaccurate (it was listed at 56 seconds at the close of the match) and Kittleson should have been awarded a riding time point that would have forced the match to overtime. The protest was denied and Polkowske was awarded the 10-9 victory.

Tyson Reiner scored a dramatic 4-3 victory over No. 2-seeded Eric Coxbill (Wyoming) at 157 pounds to advance to the championship bout. Reiner trailed 3-2 before scoring a takedown with only five seconds left in the match.

No. 1-seeded Moza Fay advanced to the finals of 165 pounds with a pin over Daniel Prater (UNC) at the 3:34 mark of their semifinal match. Fay led 9-1 at the time of his fall.

At 174 pounds, No. 1-seeded Jarion Beets saw his championship hopes dashed by Stephen Crozier (Air Force). Crozier, a graduate of MFL-MarMac High School, tallied a 14-5 major decision over Beets. The bout was tied 3-3 nearing the close of the first period when Beets attempted to score on the edge of the mat. But Crozier turned the tables on Beets and scored with three seconds left for a 5-3 lead after two minutes. Crozier then added a five-point move in the second period to push the margin out of reach for Beets.

Senior Alex Dolly recorded his second fall of the day as he advanced to the finals with a pin over Ryan Johnson (UNC). Dolly earned the bonus points for the Panthers at the 1:56 mark of the first period.

Senior Andrew Anderson moved on to the 197-pound final with a 3-1 sudden victory over Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming). Each wrestler scored an escape in regulation, but Anderson was able to tally the winning takedown with 11 seconds left in the overtime period.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Christian Brantley secured his first trip to the regional final with a 15-4 major decision triumph over Justin Tuell (UNC).

Quarterfinals UNI compiled a perfect 4-0 record in its four quarterfinal matchups. As a result, UNI advanced all 10 wrestlers into the semifinals with the other six Panthers advancing via byes.

Freshman Steven FitGREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team captured its 24th straight regional title and six Panthers earned automatic berths into the 2009 NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Regional held in Butler-Hancock Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus on Saturday.

UNI's Trent Washington (141 lbs.), Trevor Kittleson (149 lbs.), Moza Fay (165 lbs.), Alex Dolly (184 lbs.), Andrew Anderson (197 lbs.) and Christian Brantley (285 lbs.) earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo. The Panthers crowned four champions and Kittleson was the Panthers' only second-place finisher to earn the nod to St. Louis and the Scottrade Center.

Final Team Standings 1. UNI 94.0 2. Wyoming 92.5 3. Northern Colorado 70.5 4. North Dakota State 39.5 5. South Dakota State 24.5 6. Air Force 12.5

Finals Redshirt freshman Trent Washington (Omaha, Neb.) earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the 141-pound title. Washington scored a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second period to go along with a riding time point in a 5-3 win over Kenny Hashimoto (UNC).

Junior Tyson Reiner (Mitchell, S.D.) dropped the 157-pound title match to Justin Gaethje (UNC), 6-4. Reiner trailed 5-2 just into the third period and nearly completed the comeback as he tallied a takedown with 57 seconds left and the released Gaethje. Gaethje was hit with a stalling warning but Reiner could not secure the final takedown in the closing seconds.

Senior Moza Fay (Anamosa, Iowa) captured his third straight West Regional title by winning the 165-pound title with a 19-8 major decision over Alex Rieder (Wyoming). Fay's two victories moved him into a tie for seventh place on the Panthers' all-time wins list with 115 career wins. Fay is tied with Gary Steffensmeier (1988-1992).

Senior Alex Dolly (Mishawaka, Ind.) earned his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish at 184 pounds. Dolly lost a 6-2 decision to Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) in the 184-pound title match, but 184 pounds was a weight that the West Regional was awarded two automatic bids into the NCAA Championships.

Senior Andrew Anderson (Sioux City, Iowa) secured his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships by winning the 197-pound regional title. Anderson captured the crown with a 3-1 victory over Tyler Sorenson (SDSU).

Redshirt freshman Christian Brantley (Homewood, Ill.) won the heavyweight regional title with a 7-5 victory over Jason Stripling (SDSU). It is Brantley's first trip to the NCAA Championships. Brantley's win also secured the team title for the Panthers as UNI edged Wyoming, 94.0-92.5.

Following the finals matches, UNI's Trevor Kittleson wrestled for a berth into the NCAA Championships as he wrestled a true-second match against Ryan Adams (NDSU). Kittleson scored a 7-6 victory over Adams and will advance to the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds.

Consolation Finals Redshirt freshman Cruse Aarhus had to settle for fourth place at 125 pounds following a 7-6 loss to No. 3-seeded Justin Solberg (NDSU). The difference in the match proved to be a riding time point for Solberg.

True freshman Steven Fitzgerald secured third-place honors at 133 pounds following a 10-7 victory over Derek Gillespie (Air Force). Fitzgerald scored the early takedown and added a two-point nearfall to take a 4-0 lead in the match. Gillespie gained a reversal to cut the margin in half midway through the first period. Fitzgerald took a 7-4 lead into the third period.

Sophomore Trevor Kittleson had to work overtime to get a shot at true second place when he tallied a 4-2 sudden victory over Chase Smith (Wyoming). The match was scoreless through two periods, but Kittleson did ride out Smith in the second period. Kittleson escaped with 1:34 left in the match to take a 1-0 lead. Then Kittleson appeared the win the match at the buzzer, but the referees huddled and determined Smith was to be credited with a takedown prior to the buzzer sounding. So Kittleson took matters into his own hands in the sudden victory period by notching a takedown for the victory.

No. 1-seeded Jarion Beets (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) finished his first regional tournament with a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound bracket. Beets fell to Scott Elliott (SDSU) in the third-place match, 6-5.

Consolation Semifinals UNI moved four of its wrestlers into the consolation finals with victories in the 1:30 p.m. session at the 2009 NCAA West Regional.

Cruse Aarhus moved into the third-place match with an impressive 11-3 major decision over Alan Marvin (SDSU) at 125 pounds.

Steven Fitzgerald received a bye into the third-place match at 133 pounds, so he did not wrestle in the consolation semifinals.

Trevor Kittleson advanced to the third-place match with a 10-4 triumph over Alec Williams (Air Force) at 149 pounds.

Jarion Beets earned a spot in the third-place match at 174 pounds with an 11-2 major decision over Adam Aho (NDSU). Beets trailed 1-0 early in the second period but exploded with a trio of takedowns and a nearfall to earn a bonus point for the Panthers.

Semifinals The University of Northern Iowa advanced six wrestlers into their respective championship weight classes at the 2009 NCAA West Regional. The finals will begin later this afternoon at 4 p.m. UNI advanced wrestlers to the final at 141, 157, 165, 184, 197 and heavyweight.

At 125 pounds, Wyoming's No. 1-seeded Michael Martinez recorded a 12-3 major decision over UNI's Cruse Aarhus.

Freshman Steven Fitzgerald dropped his semifinal match on a defensive fall in the second period against No. 2 seed Brett Bahe (UNC) at 133 pounds. Fitzgerald trailed 4-2 at the time of the fall and was attempting to turn Bahe over for some back points, but got too high and was pinned by Bahe at the 4:32 mark of the match.

No. 1-seeded Trent Washington advanced with a nail-biting 5-2 victory over No. 4-seeded Gabriel Mooney (NDSU). Washington led 3-2 heading into the final 20 seconds of the match. However, Mooney shot in a with a deep single, but an amazing scramble by Washington kept Mooney at bay. Washington then added a takedown with one second left for the final 5-2 margin.

At 149 pounds, No. 2-seeded Mitchell Polkowske (UNC) jumped out a 2-0 lead over No. 3-seeded Trevor Kittleson only seven seconds into the match. Polkowske added a three-point nearfall before Kittleson escaped with 1:35 left in the first period. Kittleson cut the lead in half to 5-3 with a takedown at the 1:03 mark of the first. Polkowske upped the lead back to four with a reversal with 10 seconds left in the first stanzaKittleson trailed 8-3 entering the third period, but put on an exciting takedown display in the final two minutes. Kittleson scored a trio of takedowns in the final period with the last one coming with three seconds left in the match. The match ended with Polkowske holding a 10-9 lead, but UNI head coach Brad Penrith protested the score as he deemed the riding time clock was inaccurate (it was listed at 56 seconds at the close of the match) and Kittleson should have been awarded a riding time point that would have forced the match to overtime. The protest was denied and Polkowske was awarded the 10-9 victory.

Tyson Reiner scored a dramatic 4-3 victory over No. 2-seeded Eric Coxbill (Wyoming) at 157 pounds to advance to the championship bout. Reiner trailed 3-2 before scoring a takedown with only five seconds left in the match.

No. 1-seeded Moza Fay advanced to the finals of 165 pounds with a pin over Daniel Prater (UNC) at the 3:34 mark of their semifinal match. Fay led 9-1 at the time of his fall.

At 174 pounds, No. 1-seeded Jarion Beets saw his championship hopes dashed by Stephen Crozier (Air Force). Crozier, a graduate of MFL-MarMac High School, tallied a 14-5 major decision over Beets. The bout was tied 3-3 nearing the close of the first period when Beets attempted to score on the edge of the mat. But Crozier turned the tables on Beets and scored with three seconds left for a 5-3 lead after two minutes. Crozier then added a five-point move in the second period to push the margin out of reach for Beets.

Senior Alex Dolly recorded his second fall of the day as he advanced to the finals with a pin over Ryan Johnson (UNC). Dolly earned the bonus points for the Panthers at the 1:56 mark of the first period.

Senior Andrew Anderson moved on to the 197-pound final with a 3-1 sudden victory over Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming). Each wrestler scored an escape in regulation, but Anderson was able to tally the winning takedown with 11 seconds left in the overtime period.

Redshirt freshman heavyweight Christian Brantley secured his first trip to the regional final with a 15-4 major decision triumph over Justin Tuell (UNC).

Quarterfinals UNI compiled a perfect 4-0 record in its four quarterfinal matchups. As a result, UNI advanced all 10 wrestlers into the semifinals with the other six Panthers advancing via byes.

Freshman Steven Fitzgerald scored a 2-1 victory over No. 3-seeded Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) at 133 pounds. Fitzgerald used his second period ride of Sprenkle to secure the win. Sprenkle's only point in the match came as a result of a stalling call against Fitzgerald in the second period. Fitzgerald avenged a 17-7 loss earlier this season to Sprenkle.

No. 1-seed Trent Washington advanced to the semifinals with a 17-4 major decision over Air Force's Tyler Untrauer at 141 pounds.

No. 2 seed Alex Dolly wasted little time in his quarterfinal matchup against Kevin Kelly (SDSU) at 184 pounds. Dolly scored a takedown 17 seconds into the match and finished off Kelly with a fall only 57 seconds into the match.

No. 1 seed Andrew Anderson scored a pair of bonus points for the Panthers at 197 pounds with a fall over Drew Ross (NDSU). Anderson scored a pair of takedowns in the first period before earning the fall 2:11 into the match.zgerald scored a 2-1 victory over No. 3-seeded Trent Sprenkle (NDSU) at 133 pounds. Fitzgerald used his second period ride of Sprenkle to secure the win. Sprenkle's only point in the match came as a result of a stalling call against Fitzgerald in the second period. Fitzgerald avenged a 17-7 loss earlier this season to Sprenkle.

No. 1-seed Trent Washington advanced to the semifinals with a 17-4 major decision over Air Force's Tyler Untrauer at 141 pounds.

No. 2 seed Alex Dolly wasted little time in his quarterfinal matchup against Kevin Kelly (SDSU) at 184 pounds. Dolly scored a takedown 17 seconds into the match and finished off Kelly with a fall only 57 seconds into the match.

No. 1 seed Andrew Anderson scored a pair of bonus points for the Panthers at 197 pounds with a fall over Drew Ross (NDSU). Anderson scored a pair of takedowns in the first period before earning the fall 2:11 into the match.