Hahn, McMillan Both Guarantee All-American Status With Consolation Triumphs
The UNC wrestling team will not win any national titles this season but they can boast to have two All-American wrestlers on their squad.
Senior Marshall Hahn, the No. 3 seed coming into the tournament, won his first match of the day. Hahn defeated Jody Trantham (Colorado Mines) in the first round with a 7-4 decision. Hahn was then upset by the No. 6-seeded wrestler in West Liberty's Nick Spencer. Spencer won the match, 11-4, to push Hahn in the consolation side of the bracket.
UNC head wrestling coach Jack Maughan said it was tough to see his senior wrestler forced into the consolation round of the brackets.
"We were kind of down in the dumper after Marshall lost that quarterfinal match," Maughan said. "But then he came back with a strong performance and earned himself All-American status. So now he's a two-time All-American and not a lot of guys get that label next to their name."
Hahn edged Steve Kosloski (Minnesota State, Mankato) in the second round of consolation matches, 6-4, to guarantee at least an 8th-place finish in the 149-pound weight class.
UNC freshman Jason McMillan lost his opener in the 197-pound class to No. 6 seeded-Troy Tallent of Central Oklahoma. McMillan then had his back against the wall and needed a pair of wins in the consolations to earn All-American status.
McMillan then used a 4-3 decision over Western State's Jeff Mueller to move into an elimination round match against last season's runner-up in the 184-pound class, Kevin Boccella of Shippensburg. McMillan jumped out early and led 6-2 heading into the third period. McMillan scored a takedown in the final period to make the final score 9-4 and secure an All-American honor.
"Jason gave us a heck of an effort against Boccella," Maughan said. "That guy was a runner-up last season but it just goes to show you how things change from season-to-season."
"Now that we've got them both All-American honors we want to bump them up to higher All-American finishes," Maughan said.
The championships continue on Saturday with sessions at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Hall on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado.