UNC Wrestlers Nipped In Final Match, 17-15
OREM, Utah -- The University of Northern Colorado wrestling squad will have to wait another day to give head coach Jack Maughan his 100th career victory as Utah Valley State scored a controversial, 17-15, win over the Bears on Saturday night.
The Bears led the dual 15-14 going into the final match of the evening at 197 pounds. UNC's Reece Hopkin trailed by a single-point as the clock in the third period was winding down. Hopkin tossed UVSC's Darren Cooper to his back for what looked to be a takedown and two back points. But the official did not rule any points for Hopkin and gave Cooper a takedown instead to give him a 13-10 win.
"We looked at the tape after the match and it was clearly a takedown and back points," head coach Jack Maughan said. "It just goes to show we are right there but we've just got to finish one of these close ones off."
The Bears put themselves in position to win the match by winning a pair of matches in overtime. Mikell Surber (157 lbs.) notched a 3-1 overtime victory over UVSC's Wayne Watts and UNC's Alex Joseph (174 lbs.) tallied a 6-4 overtime win over UVSC's Ben Wiscombe. Joseph's victory put UNC ahead 15-10 in the dual with two matches remaining before UVSC rallied with two victories to claim the dual.
UNC also secured victories from Kyle Kaiser (125 lbs.), Nathan Gerrard (141 lbs.) and Matt Archbold (165 lbs.). Kaiser scored a 10-5 win over Ryan Argyle. Gerrard scored a 7-4 triumph over Justin Rawle. Archbold earned an 11-6 victory over Tanner Cowan.
The Bears will be back in action Friday night as they travel to Laramie, Wyo., to take on the Wyoming Cowboys at 7 p.m. UNC will also host the U.S. Air Force Academy on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Hall.
Utah Valley State 17, UNC 15 HWT-Billy Green (UV) dec. Matt Sens (UNC), 3-1 125-Kyle Kaiser (UNC) dec. Ryan Argyle (UV), 10-5 133-Erkin Tadzhimetov (UV) dec. Kyle Swenson (UNC), 12-5 141-Nathan Gerrard (UNC) dec. Justin Rawle (UV), 7-4 149-Mitch Morgan (UV) major dec. Dustin Uhland (UNC), 13-4 157-Mikell Surber (UNC) dec. Wayne Watts (UV), 3-1 (OT) 165-Matt Archbold (UNC) dec. Tanner Cowan (UV), 11-6 174- Alex Joseph (UNC) dec. Ben Wiscombe (UV), 6-4 (OT) 184-Ivan Bigney (UV) major dec. Nathan Kimberlin (ASC), 14-6 197-Darren Cooper (UV) dec. Reece Hopkin (UNC), 13-10
NOTES: While the UNC wrestling team was in action in Orem, Utah, the Bears Wrestling Club was in Lincoln, Neb., taking part in the Great Plains Open ... BWC members Jared Deaguero and Cole Allison scored 1st place efforts in their weight classes ... Tanner Linsacum and Shawn Hart each placed second ... Mark Hastings placed third.