Wrestlers fall to Northern Iowa 27-18
Jan. 19, 2007
GREELEY, Colo. - The Bears two nationally ranked wrestlers proved worthy of their position by winning easily, but it wasn't enough as the University of Northern Iowa defeated Northern Colorado 27-18 Friday evening in Western Wrestling Conference action at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.
Heavyweight Reece Hopkin, ranked No. 19 nationally, opened the meet by pinning the Panthers' (2-7 dual meets) Tyler Rhodes 1:24 into the first period. Tony Mustari followed that by winning his 125 match with an impressive 13-2 major decision.
Two matches later, No. 14 Kenny Hashimoto thoroughly dominated his opponent in the 141 division, earning a 16-0 tech. fall shortly into the third period to give the Bears (3-5 dual meets) a 15-3 lead.
The Panthers, ranked as high as No. 22 in some polls, responded by reeling off four straight victories to take a 21-15 lead. Shawn Vincent (184) stopped the bleeding, but without a wrestler in the 197 class for the final match, the Bears' chance of winning was over.
Northern Colorado hosts Oregon State Saturday at 7 p.m. in Butler-Hancock.