Grapplers Head To Troy For Northeast Collegiate Duals
Complete Game Notes
Four Duals On Tap
Northern Colorado heads east to take place in the Northeast Collegiate Duals held on the Hudson Valley Community College campus. The Bears will dual against No. 6 Maryland, Hofstra, American and Binghamton on Saturday. It will be the first ever dual against any of the four teams.
Titleist Times Two
Both sophomore Casey Cruz (141 pounds) and junior Eric Brennan (184) won individual titles at the Old Chicago's Northern Colorado Open last week. Cruz posted a 5-0 record to win the title at 141 pounds, winning two bouts by fall and three by decision, including a 3-0 win in the finals over second-seeded Jon Gappmaier (unattached-Mesa State). Brennan went 4-0 at 184 pounds with a fall, a major decision and two decisions en route to the title. Brennan defeated Adam Carey 3-0 in the finals. Both junior Justin Gaethje (157) and sophomore Tanner Weiks (165) placed second, while senior Tony Mustari (125) was third, senior Justin Tuell (285) was fourth and junior Ed Matthews (197) placed sixth for the Bears.
Freshman Justin Gonzales has competed unattached in the first three tournaments of the year, but will compete as a member of the Bears at the Northwest Collegiate Duals at 149 pounds. Gonzales has posted a 16-4 record thus far, with one fall and four major decisions. He has finished in third place at two of the tournaments.
Next Is 80
Senior Tony Mustari (125 pounds) currently sits at 79 career victories and is 5-1 in 2009. Mustari, ranked 15th in the latest InterMat individual rankings, is 79-26 in his fourth season with the Bears and has the most wins of any active wrestler on the team. Senior Kenny Hashimoto is second on the club with 53 victories.
Senior David Alvarez returns to the sport of wrestling after spending four years on the gridiron at Colorado College. Alvarez is working on his graduate degree at Northern Colorado and has one remaining year of eligibility. He also joins his younger sister, Annita, who is a freshman on the track & field team for the Bears.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Seniors Kenny Hashimoto (141 pounds), Tony Mustari (125 pounds) and sophomore Casey Cruz (133 pounds) have been named team captains for the 2009-10 season.
Changing of the Guard
After spending 21 years as the head coach at Northern Colorado, Jack Maughan announced his retirement this summer and handed the reins of the program, at least temporarily, over to Ben Cherrington. A 2006 NCAA champion at Boise State, Cherrington has been the assistant coach at Northern Colorado the past two years and was named the interim head coach for the 2009-10 season. Maughan is still a part of the department of athletics however, as he is the director of development.
Searching For A Fourth
Senior 125-pounder Tony Mustari begins his final campaign in hopes of a fourth-straight NCAA appearance. The Bears have two others on the roster who have advanced to the NCAA Championship in senior Kenny Hashimoto (141 pounds) and junior Justin Gaethje (157 pounds). Sophomore Mitchell Polkowske also went to the NCAAs a year ago, but is serving a church mission for the next two years.
Northern Colorado will compete against several of the toughest teams in the nation this season as they host #4 Minnesota (Dec. 13, 3 pm) and #5 Oklahoma State (Jan. 29, 1 pm) as well as compete at #8 Nebraska (Jan. 31, 1 pm) and compete in the Northeast Collegiate Duals against sixth-ranked Maryland, the Cliff Keen Invitational and the Stanford Duals.