Lopers sending seven to nationals, win 13th West Regional title in 15 years
Seventh-ranked Nebraska-Kearney won the 2015 NCAA West Regional with 128.50 points and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA championships in two weeks.
This was the Lopers fifth consecutive regional title and the 13th in the Marc Bauer era. Eighth-ranked Western State (117.0) was runner up with 10th-ranked Colorado Mesa (107.0) third in the 14-team race.
Placing first in their respective weight classes were juniors Daniel DeShazer (133 lbs.), sophomore Destin McCauley (149 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Keith Surber (141 lbs.). Coming in second were juniors Devin Aguirre (165 lbs.), Romero Cotton (197 lbs.) and Chase White (157 lbs.).
Also headed to St. Louis, for nationals is junior Connor Bolling (125 lbs.). Finishing their seasons Saturday were junior Casey Powell (184 lbs.) and redshirt freshman Ivan DeLeon (285 lbs.).
The nation's top-ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. all season, DeShazer is now 35-5 after a 3-2 decision over San Francisco State sophomore Jordan Gurrola in the finals. A takedown right off the bat helped DeShazer record his 16th consecutive victory.