UNK Wrestling: Lopers Upset # 22 Bloomsburg; First Win Over a Ranked D1 Team
21-17, in a consolation bracket dual Saturday morning inHampton, Val.
On Friday, the Lopers (5-1) lost to 15th-rankedVirginia Tech and beat George Mason.
UNK advances to face Tennessee-Chattanooga at 3:00 p.m.Central. Regardless how that goes, the Lopers will wrestle again at 5:00 p.m.Central.
Both teams were shorthanded as UNK was minusnationally-ranked Daniel DeShazer (1st/133 lbs.) and Chase White (3rd/157lbs.) with the Huskies without eighth-ranked Bryce Busler (149 lbs.). He wasapparently injured in Friday's second dual.
UNK took advantage of Busler's absence by taking an 18-4lead and then getting a key win from senior Mark Fiala (184 lbs.) to record thedual win.
At 125 lbs., Central City sophomore Connor Bolling used afirst period reversal and third period takedown to win 5-1. Coutu(Griswold, Conn.), who went 2-0 on Friday at 141 lbs., trailed 4-3 entering thesecond period but an escape and takedown put him in front. He then pinnedsophomore Matt Rappo at 3:38
Anderson (Clay Center, Kans.) changed the match as his fallat 3:49 helped him comeback from a 5-0 hole. Junior Derek Goodwin got out tothat lead thanks to three near fall points in the first period.
Sophomore reserve Colton Johnson (Burke, S.D.) recordedUNK's third straight win as he had three takedowns in a 9-2 decision overfreshman Brian Nelson at 157 lbs.
Bloomsburg, a D2 school that wrestles at the D1 level, hasthree nationally-ranked individuals between 165-285 lbs. and each recorded awin. At 184 lbs., Fiala (Seward) used a takedown late in the first period tograb a 2-0 lead in his 3-2 win over senior Sam Shirey.
Of note, top-ranked Romero Cotton (Hutchinson, Kans.) almostsealed the deal at 197 lbs. as he got close to pinning fifth-ranked Chris Perryin the first period. However, Perry rallied from a four point hole to win 8-4.
Thismarks UNK's sixth dual win over a Division 1 school and the first over anationally-ranked D1 school
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