February 19, 2006

Wrestling Bears Go 1-1 Against EIU, NIU

Feb. 19, 2006

CHARLESTON, Ill. - The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team split a pair of duals against Eastern Illinois and 24th-ranked Northern Illinois at Lantz Arena on Sunday.

The Bears (6-8) dominated EIU in the first dual, winning nine of the 10 matches en route to a 38-9 victory. Northern Colorado had a tougher time against the NIU Huskies, winning two matches in a 32-9 loss.

Against Eastern Illinois, freshman Devan Lewis (165) got things rolling for the Bears with an 11-1 major decision victory over the Panthers' Tyler Brucker.

Sophomore Shawn Hart (174) put the Bears up 7-0 with a 3-2 decision over EIU's Kenny Robertson.

Two matches later, Eastern Illinois' Terron Williams upset No. 19 Reece Hopkin in the 197 pound match, with a 5-3 decision, putting the Panthers up 9-7.

The Bears took back control by winning the next six matches. At 133 pounds, Kyle Swenson made his season debut for the Bears and scored a 16-0 technical fall over EIU's Kyle Metzger.

Richard Lohr (141) followed it up by pinning Eastern Illnois' Casey Carrino 2:33 into the match. It was Lohr's fourth pin of the season.

Kyle LeValley (149) broke a string of eight straight losses by scoring a 5-0 decision over the Panthers' Jeff Tharp.

Senior Nathan Gerrard (157) sealed the match for the Bears with a 15-0 technical fall over EIU's Thomas Johnson 2:31 into the match. It was Gerrard's first technical fall this season.

After a brief break, Northern Colorado returned to the mats against Northern Illinois. Hopkin recovered from his first match to post an injury default win over NIU's Derek Hunsiger. Hopkin is now 25-6 overall and 12-2 in duals.

Gerrard pulled off his second win of the day over NIU's Aaron Owen in a 3-2 decision and improved his record to 17-16 overall and 6-8 in duals.

The Bears will cap off their season by hosting a triangular dual against Air Force and Utah Valley State beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

Dual Results

165 - Devan Lewis (UNC) maj. dec. Tyler Brucker (EIU), 11-1
174 - Shawn Hart (UNC) dec. Kenny Robertson (EIU), 3-2
184 - Greg Perz (EIU) pinned Ryan Johnson (UNC), 1:21
197 - Terron Williams (EIU) dec #19-Reece Hopkin (UNC), 5-3
285 - Justin Tuell (UNC) won by forfeit
125 - Beau Hessler (UNC) won by forfeit
133 - Kyle Swenson (UNC) tech fall Tony Metzger (EIU), 4:44 (16-0)
141 - Richard Lohr (UNC) pinned Casey Carrino (EIU), 2:33
149 - Kyle LeValley (UNC) dec Jeff Tharp (EIU), 5-0
157 - Nathan Gerrard (UNC) tech fall Thomas Johnson (EIU), 2:31 (15-0)

165 - Johnny Galloway (NIU) maj dec. Devan Lewis (UNC), 11-3
174 - Danny Burk (NIU) dec Shawn Hart (UNC), 9-2
184 - Alex Nelson (NIU) tech fall Ryan Johnson (UNC), 5:26 (20-4)
197 - #19-Reece Hopkin (UNC) injury default Derek Hunsinger (NIU)
285 - #20-Joe Sapp (NIU) dec Justin Tuell (UNC), 8-1
125 - #13-Pat Castillo (NIU) tech fall Beau Hessler (UNC), 4:26 (20-5)
133 - Chad Vandiver (NIU) maj dec Kyle Swenson (UNC), 13-5
141 - #12-Josh Wooton (NIU) tech fall Richard Lohr (UNC), 5:43 (24-8)
149 - #14-Mike Grimes (NIU) dec Kyle LeValley (UNC), 10-5
157 - Nathan Gerrard (UNC) dec Aaron Owen (NIU), 3-2