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Mar 10, 2017
The UW-La Crosse wrestling team, host of the NCAA Division III Championships, will advance its only two national qualifiers to today’s semifinal round.
Seniors Dustin Weinmann (141) and Richard Carlson (174) won both of their opening day matches to advance to championship round today at the La Crosse Center.
Weinmann, the top seed at 141 who is making his third appearance at nationals, came from behind in his first-round match to beat unseeded Maxwell Nauta (18-5) from Centenary University (N.J.). Trailing by a two points in the second period, Weinmann battled back to post an 11-8 decision. It was a hard-fought match where Weinmann’s patience, and national meet experience, came into play.
“He was doing things I knew were coming, but I couldn’t really tell when he was going to hit it,” said Weinmann, who was 23-0 coming into this weekend. “He caught me off guard a couple of times, and I had to make a late-match adjustment. Luckily it worked out.”
His quarterfinal match went in a similar fashion, with Weinmann controlling most of a tightly contested match against unseeded Joseph Farinde (32-8) from Johnson & Wales University (R.I.), whom Weinmann defeated by tech fall when they met last season.
After breaking a 2-2 late in the second period, Weinmann clinched the match with a takedown early in the third to go up 3-2, before going on to win a 7-2 decision. Weinmann (25-0) will wrestle the fifth-seeded David Flynn (23-4) from Augsburg (Minn.) in today’s semifinal.
Third-seeded Richard Carlson, making his second appearance at nationals, beat unseeded Colin Barber (35-9) from Cortland State University, N.Y., in a 2-0 match. Time was stopped twice at the end of the first period with the scored locked 0-0, after Carlson started to bleed from a cut in his mouth. Carlson attacked for the remaining two periods, picking up points in each period to advance to the quarterfinal.
“I didn’t want that to happen (injury stoppage), because then he got to rest,” said Carlson, sporting a championship-weekend mustache. “I knew if it was a close match that I would have the advantage, because I know I have a gas tank, and most guys don’t train like I do.”
Carlson’s quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Tory Cain (15-2) from the Rochester Institute of Technology was the most entertaining of the Eagles’ wins on Friday.
With Carlson leading 1-0 in the second period, he stepped into Cain as both were wrangled in a body lock at the edge of the mat — Carlson lifted, and then slammed Cain for the pin, generating a roar from the raucous Eagles student section in the second-deck seating.
Carlson (27-2) will face second-seeded Eric DeVos (17-0) from Wartburg College today in a semifinal match. With semifinal wins, Weinmann and Carlson would advance to the championship round, which begins at 5 p.m. today.
PARKER, ZURFLUH FALL: Onalaska High School graduate Grant Parker and Sparta High School graduate Tristan Zurfluh both lost a pair of matches on Friday.
Parker, a senior for Augsburg (Minn.), lost a major decision to Ursinus’ Derek Arnold and dropped a 6-3 match to Erik Beshada of the Merchant Marine Academy at 157 pounds to see his record fall to 22-12.
Zurfluh, a senior for Luther (Iowa), was beaten by Cortland State’s Zach Zupan 3-1 in sudden victory and Ithaca’s Nick Velez 8-2 at 165. His record dropped to 21-12.
DIVISION II: Caledonia High School graduate and St. Cloud State senior Austin Goergen (28-2) was knocked off during the 285-pound quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national tournament in Birmingham, Ala.
Goergen, ranked first nationally, opened the meet by winning via injury default. That set up a match with sixth-ranked Garrett Gray (38-2) of Tiffin (Ohio), and Gray eked out a 3-2 victory. Goergen, who placed sixth as a freshman, second as a sophomore and third as a junior, came back to beat Fort Hays State’s Christian Lance 6-5 and remains alive for third place.