UNC Wrestlers Drop Decision at Adams State, 24-22
ALAMOSA, Colo. -- The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team lost a heart-breaking dual match at Adams State College on Thursday night as the Grizzlies rallied from a 19-14 deficit to record a 24-22 victory over the Bears.
The Grizzlies won the dual with a pin at 133 pounds from Kortney Lake, who was able to tilt UNC's Kyle Swenson and get the six-point tally in Plachy Hall.
The pin of Swenson in the 133-pound match came with just 1:10 left in the match and allowed the Grizzlies to improve to 5-3 on the year. UNC, which had defeated ASC in each of the last three years, fell to 2-4.
Adams State was down by as much as 19-14 after UNC's Reece Hopkin pinned Manny Pacillas in the first period of the 197-pound match. Senior heavyweight Dustin Sullivan answered right back for the Grizzlies with a 14-1 major decision thrashing of Matt Sens pulling ASC to within a single point.
Looking to take the lead at 125 pounds, ASC's Rob McCabe joined all nine of his teammates in recording the first takedown before Kyle Kaiser answered back with a takedown of his own. The bout would go on to be tied at 3 after one period and was tied at 6 after two. Kaiser then took the 10-8 match with a pair of third-period scores as UNC went up 22-18 heading into Lake's heroic victory.
Wrestling had started at 141 pounds, where ASC senior Shane Barnes, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation, crushed Nathan Gerrard 18-4. Using three near falls and two reversals, Lake led 14-2 after two periods. That win gave ASC an early 4-0 lead before the Bears' Dustin Uhland came back to pin Brandon Meis at 149 pounds. Uhland trailed 2-0 heading into the third period but Meis was called for stalling before Uhland scored a takedown and the ensuing pin with just 1:12 left in the match as UNC went up 6-4.
The Bears padded their lead at 157 pounds as Mikell Surber posted a 20-10 major decision win over redshirt freshman Scott Koppenhafer, filling in for his older brother Travis. ASC closed the deficit to 10-8 as fifth-ranked 165-pounder Scott Cleve scored a big 16-4 win over UNC's Mark Reavley.
One of the thrilling matches of the night came at 174 pounds as UNC's Alex Joseph pulled out a 10-7 thriller over James Reynolds giving UNC an 13-8 lead. Reynolds took a 7-5 lead into the third period but gave up an early escape and then a takedown and near fall.
Needing some big points, ASC's Casey Woodall led his 184-pound match with Brian Lonsway 20-6 before Lonsway medically defaulted the match. Woodall had scored eight takedowns in the match and improved to 9-10 with the victory. That win gave ASC a short-lived 14-13 lead before Hopkin responded with his pin.
The Grizzlies dominated the dual statistics outscoring the Bears 110-62 on the night. The teams split the ten matches evenly although ASC recorded bonus-point wins in all five of its' wins.
The Bears will now prepare for the Colorado Collegiates this Saturday in Golden, Colo. The Bears are the defending team champions. The championship round of the tournament can be heard on KSIR Radio (1010 AM) in Fort Morgan and on the Internet at www.uncbears.com. Click on the UNC wrestling schedule link on the Colorado Collegiates to follow the championship round, which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. (Mountain). There is a fee to listen on the Internet via the Bears' website.
Adams State 24, Northern Colorado 22
ASC UNC 141 #1 Shane Barnes (ASC) maj. dec. Nathan Gerrard (UNC), 18-4 4 0 149 Dustin Uhland (UNC) def. Brandon Meis (ASC), Fall (5:48) 4 6 157 Mikell Surber (UNC) maj. dec. Scott Koppenhafer (ASC), 20-10 4 10 165 #5 Scott Cleve (ASC) maj. dec. Mark Reavley (UNC), 16-4 8 10 174 Alex Joseph (UNC) dec. James Reynolds (ASC), 10-7 8 13 184 Casey Woodall (ASC) def. Brian Lonsway (UNC), Medical Default 14 13 197 Reece Hopkin (UNC) def. Manny Pacillas (ASC), Fall (2:17) 14 19 HWT Dustin Sullivan (ASC) maj. dec. Matt Sens (UNC), 14-1 18 19 125 Kyle Kaiser (UNC) dec. Rob McCabe (ASC), 10-8 18 22 133 #3 Kortney Lake (ASC) def. Kyle Swenson (UNC), Fall (5:50) 24 22
Story courtesy Adams State sports information office