Four win individual championships as Nebraska-Kearney takes Region IV
CHADRON, Neb. -- No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney won the 2013 NCAA Super Regional IV Championships by placing nine in the top four to score 147.50 points Saturday night.
The two-day, 12-meet also included the RMAC Championships. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
Placing five in the finals, UNK won going away as Adams State was second (95.0) and Grand Canyon third (77.5). Taking the Lopers, Fort Hays State and Simon Fraser out of the team scoring, Adams won the RMAC title (102.0).
The Lopers crowned four champions in seniors Chase Nelson (165 pounds) and Raufeon Stots (149) and redshirt freshmen Romero Cotton (197) and Daniel DeShazer (133).
Finishing second was junior Patrick Martinez (174 pounds) with senior Nick Bauman (285), junior Brock Coutu (141) and redshirt freshman Chase White (157) coming in third and junior Mark Fiala (184) fourth.
Finally, true freshman Connor Bolling (125 pounds) placed fifth, going 2-3 in his first collegiate postseason event.
A transfer from Oklahoma, Nelson was more than dominant, recording two falls, a tech fall and a major in the tournament. On Saturday, he pinned Fort Hays State's Sam Thorman at 3:18 and then majored Isaiah Jimenez of San Francisco State 13-2 in the finals.
Also a top seed, Cotton recorded a fall at 5:52 to reach the 197 pound finals. There, he used a takedown in the first sudden-victory period to beat second-seed Sam Mangum of Western State 3-1.
DeShazer, seeded second, had a close call in his final match, as well. After needing some extra time to reach the semifinals, the Oklahoma transfer slipped past Lino Estrada of Grand Canyon 3-2 in the 133 pound finals.
The defending national champ at 149 pounds, Stots had back-to-back 3-2 decisions to win his class and improve to 30-4.
Martinez fell for the first time as a Loper, falling to top-seed Elliott Copeland of Western State 9-7 in the finals. Copeland (32-2) grabbed the early lead and never let Martinez (14-1), a Wyoming transfer, move ahead.
At 141 pounds, Coutu upset second-seed C.J. Napier of Hays 7-3 to reach the third-place match. There, he punched his ticket to Birmingham with a fall at 6:54.
Nationally ranked at 157 pounds, White rebounded from a semifinal loss to pin Derek Koehn of Hays at 6:52 and then beat John Crowley of Colorado Mesa 4-2 to come in third.
Bauman, advancing to the NCAA's for the first time in a long Loper career, outscored his competition by a combined 5-1 to finish third at 285 pounds.
Finally, Fiala returned to the national meet on the strength of a 5-1 win against Igor Gomzin of New Mexico Highlands 5-1. In the third-place match, Fiala fell to Chadron's Jordan Debus 6-2.
Other individual winners included: Gerald Huff, Adams State (125 pounds); Naveed Bagheri, San Francisco State (141); Daniel Kelly, Adams State (157); Kyle Piatt, Western State (184); and Tyrell Fortune, Grand Canyon (285).