March 8, 2008

Reece Hopkin Successfully Defends NCAA West Region Title

March 8, 2008

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FARGO, N.D.  - Northern Colorado senior heavyweight continued his dominance over wrestlers from the Western Wrestling Conference, today winning the NCAA West Region heavyweight title. The Bears finished fourth with 47.5 points, while Northern Iowa posted 119.0 points to win its 23rd straight regional title.


Sophomore 125-pounder Tony Mustari finished second, losing in the finals, 7-5 to Eric Hoffman of North Dakota State. At 157-pounds, freshman Rocco Depaolo finished third, while junior Ryan Johnson was third at 174-pounds and Patrick Carey finished third at 197-pounds.


Hopkin earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, while Mustari was awarded an at-large berth and both will compete at the NCAA Championships March 20-21 in St. Louis.


Tony Mustari - 125-pounds (2-1)

Quarterfinals: BYE

Semifinals: Mustari maj. dec. Zach Valdez (AF), 15-2

Finals: Eric Hoffman (NDSU) dec. Mustari, 7-5

True Second: Mustari fall Caleb Flores (UNI), 1:32


Blayze Bahe - 133-pounds (0-2)

Quarterfinals: Eric Sanders (NDSU) dec. Bahe, 6-3

Wrestleback Rd 1: BYE

Wrestleback Rd 2: Derek Gillespie (AF) dec. Bahe, 10-9


Richard Lohr - 141-pounds (0-2)

Quarterfinals: Carter Downing (WY) maj. dec. Lohr, 13-2

Wrestleback Rd 1: BYE

Wrestleback Rd 2: CJ Ettleson (UNI) maj. dec. Lohr, 9-0


Daniel Prater - 149-pounds (1-2)

Quarterfinals: BYE

Semfinals: Nick Pickerell (UNI) dec. Prater, 6-2

Wrestleback Rd 2: Prater maj. dec. Christopher Szabolcs (AF), 10-2

Third-Place Match: Cole Dallaserra (WY) dec. Prater, 5-3


Rocco Depaolo - 157-pounds (3-2)

Quarterfinals: DePaolo dec. Cody Chipperfield (WY), 8-2

Semifinals: Tyson Reiner (UNI) fall DePaolo, 2:03

Wrestleback Rd 2: DePaolo dec. Weston Blasius (SDSU), 7-4

Third-Place Match: DePaolo def. Adam Aho (NDSU), medical forfeit

True Second: Anthony Dorward (AF) dec. DePaolo, 5-4 (TB-1)


Devan Lewis - 165-pounds (0-2)

Quarterfinals: Stephen Crozier (AF) dec. Lewis, 11-4

Wrestleback Rd 1: BYE

Wrestleback Rd 2: Ryan Meyer (SDSU) dec. Lewis, 4-1


Ryan Johnson - 174-pounds (3-2)

Quarterfinals: Johnson dec. Justin Retallic (SDSU), 7-2

Semifinals: Tyler French (AF) fall Johnson, 2:53

Wrestleback Rd 2: Johnson maj. dec. Kyle Morrow (WY), 15-6

Third-Place Match: Johnson dec. Shannon Fettig (NDSU), 6-2

True Second: Alex Dolly (UNI) maj. dec. Johnson, 19-6


Ed Matthews - 184-pounds (1-2)

Quarterfinals: Matthews dec. Ken Moenkedick (NDSU), 5-4 (TB-1)

Semifinals: Andy O'Laughlin (UNI) tech fall Matthews, 20-4

Wrestleback Rd 2: Mikel Hoopes (WY) fall Matthews, 5:34


Patrick Carey - 197-pounds (2-2)

Quarterfinals: BYE

Semifinals: Andrew Anderson (UNI) maj. dec. Carey, 15-4

Wrestleback Rd 2: Carey dec. Dan Barrone (WY), 11-4

Third-Place Match: Carey dec. Jordan Tribble (AF), 10-5

True Second: Jacob Bryce (NDSU) maj. dec. Carey, 13-4


Reece Hopkin - Heavyweight (3-0)

Quarterfinals: Hopkin tech. fall Tyler Hemmesch (NDSU), 17-0

Semifinals: Hopkin maj. dec. Anthony Stegeman (AF), 10-1

Finals: Hopkin dec. Jason Still (WY), 4-1