Jan. 7, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Upper Iowa’s Tony Gehling claimed his third straight tournament title as he won the 184-pound championship at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open at Loras College on Jan. 3.

The senior from Grand Meadow, Minn., went 4-0 at the tournament, including three wins by fall and a major decision.  Gehling extended his winning streak to 14 matches, and improved his season mark to 18-3.  Nine of his victories during the streak have been by major decision, technical fall or by fall.

Gehlig was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week for his performance.  He and the Peacocks return to the mat at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals as the seventh seed in the 16-team Division III field on Jan. 10-11.

RANGERS ROLL: Wisconsin-Parkside vaulted seven spots in the latest Division II team rankings to No. 10 after placing second in the 22-team field at the annual Midwest Classic held by the University of Indianapolis last weekend.

The Rangers was the runner-up to Newberry College, which moved up to No. 2 in the rankings following the tournament.  UW-Parkside crowned three individual champions at the event as Craig Becker (149), Corey VanGroll (165) and Lucas Haag (184) claimed their respective weight classes.

VanGroll entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed in his bracket, and knocked off top-seeded JaVonte Ashford of King College, 9-3, in the championship match.  Haag also upended the No. 1 seed in his weight class, edging Kyle Sand of Adams State, 5-4, in the semifinals.

The Rangers will resume action at the National Duals this weekend.

STILL ON TOP: Adams State senior Raymond Dunning remained the top-ranked 141-pound wrestler in Division II after capturing his second Midwest Classic title of his career last weekend.

The native of Nashville, Tenn., registered a 4-0 record, including three bonus point wins and two pins, at the Classic.  Dunning’s tournament was highlighted by a defeat of No. 6 Tony Washington of Newberry in the semifinals, and a pin of two-time All-American Doug Surra of West Liberty State in the championship bout. 

Dunning was selected as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week for his performance.  He sports a 16-7 record with his only losses coming against Division I foes.  Dunning leads the Grizzlies in both wins (16) and wins by fall (5).

NOTABLE:  Clarion sophomore Joe Ivanco placed sixth in the 125-pound weight class at the Midlands Tournament last week, posting a 3-3 mark that included victories over the No. 2 wrestler in Division I.  The native of Monroeville, Pa., topped Iowa’s Charlie Falck, who was the tournament’s No. 1 seed … No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha sent eight wrestlers to the finals of the Dana Open, and crowned three individual champions, last weekend.  Sophomore Mario Morgan led the way by earning the 141-pound title with a defeat of the NAIA’s top-ranked wrestler, Eric Graham of Missouri Valley, in the championship match … Despite Kutztown University’s 23-13 loss to Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 5, 133-pound senior Joe Kemmerer remained perfect on the season for the Golden Bears.  The native of Mountain Top, Pa., downed Matt Scherich with an 11-0 major decision, extending his winning streak to 26 matches, which dates back to his 2007 NCAA championship season.  Kemmerer redshirted last year.