ELMHURST, Ill. — Wisconsin-Whitewater will be represented by eight wrestlers — the school’s largest contingent ever to qualify for a national championship — at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship on March 15-16 after capturing the team title at the Midwest Regional on Saturday.
Warhawks head coach Tim Fader was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
|2013 DIII Wrestling Regionals|
|Eastern: Brackets | Standings|
|Mideast: Brackets | Standings|
|Northeast: Brackets | Standings|
|Midwest: Brackets | Standings|
|Central: Brackets | Standings|
|West: Brackets | Standings|
Wrestlers advanced to the national tournament based on their finish at the regional, one of six qualifying regionals. The top three in each weight class advanced to make a field of 180 total wrestlers.
The Warhawks had four weight class champions beginning with Elroy Perkin winning at 149. He opened with an 8-0 win against Brady Schrupp of La Crosse, followed with a 12-4 victory against Joseph Ruettiger of Chicago and edged Gage Pederson of Olivet 9-8 in the semifinal. Perkin, the fourth seed, defeated third seed Ben Strobel of UW-Stevens Point 13-7 in the title bout.
Cedric Gibson won all three of his matches to capture the 165 pound class. After a first-round bye, Gibson topped Josh Sampson of Wabash 10-3, and then won 8-3 versus James Myers of Olivet to move into the championship. He beat Jordan Schulte of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3-1 in the final match.
Shane Siefert had a first round-bye at 197. He beat Mario Palmissano of Chicago 14-12 to advance to the semifinals, and then won 6-2 against Dustin Wozniak of UW-Stevens Point. In the final match, Siefert defeated Darren Faber of Wheaton (Ill.) 4-2.
Anthony Edgren earned the 285 class title, winning four times, with two pins. Edgren, the number two seed, pinned Abraham Hall of Wabash in 1:23 in the first round, squeaked by Mitchell Steed of Wheaton 1-0 in the second and beat Adam Robinson of Alma 6-1 in round three. Edgren came through with a pin, in 1:29, of William Mayer of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the class title match.
Roland Dunlap had a bye, and then won 10-6 and 3-2 to advance to the championship match at 184 pounds. Dunlap was defeated 8-3 by Josef Rau of Elmhurst in the title match. It was the first loss of the season for Dunlap, now 11-1.
Three Warhawks placed third. That group included Grant Sutter at 133, Jake Fredrickson at 141 and Cade Sarbacker at 157 pounds.