Several seeds beaten in morning session at NCAA Div III Nationals

By Jon Gremmels | March 03, 2006, 2:44 p.m. (ET)
EWING, N.J. - No clear picture opened up Friday morning at the opening session of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, but, as usual, several seeded wrestlers fell into the consolation brackets.
Wisconsin-La Crosse and Wartburg were tied for first place with 15 points, but York had a surprising start. The Spartans went 4-for-4 in the session and were in third place with 11 points. SUNY Cortland was fourth with 8 points, and Ithaca and Wisconsin-Platteville were tied for fifth with 6.5.

"The first round went well," UW-La Crosse Nate Skaar said. "It's a two-day season now, and the guys know that.

"There are three more rounds. Our goal is to improve each round. If we can do that, good things will happen."

The Eagles, the only team to have a qualifier at every weight, suffered losses at 125 and 133 pounds but won everywhere else, including two wins from two-time national champion Ryan Allen at heavyweight.

Seven of Wartburg's nine qualifiers, including two-time national champions Dustin Hinschberger (141) and Akeem Carter (184) won their opening matches and another had a bye. The only loser was freshman Zach McKray, who lost 4-3 to second-seeded Eddie Murray of Ursinus at 133 pounds.

"I want them to be a little more aggressive, but it's the national tournament and a win is a win," Wartburg coach Jim Miller said. "We know it's going to get tougher this next round."

Defending champion Augsburg sent five wrestlers into Friday night's quarterfinals, but the Auggies were tied for 15th place. Two of their wrestlers were alive in the wrestlebacks, but seventh seed Josh Hansen was ousted from the field at 141 pounds. He was knocked off by Garrett Pino of Wabash 9-5 in the preliminary round and then lost 6-4 in sudden death to eighth seed Joe Burdick of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the consolation preliminary round.

Hansen wasn't the highest seed to fall, though. Felipe Queiroz of Wilkes knocked off second-seeded Brandon McDonough of Johnson & Wales 15-7 in the first round.

In all, 16 seeded wrestlers lost, including two No. 3 seeds and two No. 4s.

Delaware Valley's Dan Hall beat third seed Mike Gaeta of Springfield 8-6 at 141, Heidelberg's Tim Maxworthy pinned No. 3 Tony Howard of McDaniel in 6 minutes, 56 seconds at 165, Oneonta's Trevor Hiffa held off a lately takedown attempt by fourth seed Mike Hayes and beat the Wisconsin-Stevens Point All-American 3-1 at heavyweight, and Buena Vista's Kyle Forness beat Augsburg's fourth-seeded Jared Evans at 149.
Maxworthy had one of the most dramatic wins of the day. Trailing 6-2 in the final 20 seconds, he took down Howard to his back and recorded the fall with 4 seconds remaining.

Forness didn't consider his 4-3 win over No. 4 Jared Evans of Augsburg much of an upset, though.

"I was ranked fifth all year, so that's no big deal to me," Forness, a freshman, said. "We had a pretty good scouting report. I watched for his snaps. The only points he got were my screwing up."

NCAA Division III Championships Results
(Number after wrestler indicates seeding)

125 pounds
First round -- Tyler Hubbard (Wartburg)-1 dec. John Spinner (Oswego) 5-4; Tom Gagan (Elmhurst)-8 pinned Stephen Kingland (Ursinus) 4:11; Brian Dempsey (The College of New Jersey)-5 dec. Anthony Nicolicchia (Roger Williams) 7-3; Terry Morgan (Loras)-4 pinned Patt Parrillo (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 5:51; Ty Klofta (Ohio Northern)-3 dec. Eracieo Vallejo (Manchester) 7-2; Nate Hansen (Luther)-6 dec. Rob Vaccaro (Brockport) 6-2; Ryan Gadsby (Cortland)-7 pinned Chris Heilman (Cornell) 6:49; Felipe Queiroz (Wilkes) major dec. Brandon McDonough (Johnson & Wales)-2 15-7.

133 pounds
First round -- Joe Jewett (Oswego)-1 received a bye; Jestin Hulegaard (Buena Vista) dec. Derrick Goduto (Montclair)-8 3-2; Anthony D'Ambra (Brockport)-5 major dec. Sean Cullen (Lycoming) 12-3; Mike Lopez (Luther)-4 pinned Adam Johnson (North Central) 6:23; Matthew Smith (Johnson & Wales)-3 dec. Alantino Keefer (Wilmington) 9-3; David Morgan (King's)-6 vs. Jafari Vanier (Augsburg) 9-3; John Sheets (Manchester)-7 major dec. Kevin Barber (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 13-2; Eddie Murray (Ursinus)-2 dec. Zach McKray (Wartburg) 4-3.

141 pounds
Preliminary round -- Nick Sanchez (Heidelberg) dec. Ryan McMurray (Augustana) 3-1; Kevin Koch (Concordia, Wis.) dec. Eugene Kobilansky (NYU) 6-2; Dan Hall (Delaware Valley) dec. Mike Gaeta (Springfield)-3 8-6; Garrett Pino (Wabash) dec. Josh Hansen (Augsburg)-7 9-5.
First round Dustin Hinschberger (Wartburg)-1 pinned Sanchez 4:25; Andrew Lacroix (Roger Williams) dec. Joel Burdick (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)-8 7-3; Danny Song (Kings Point USMMA)-5 dec. Koch 3-2; Paul LeBlanc (Cortland)-4 beat Niles Mercer (Coe); Timothy Bohlman (York) dec. Hall 6-0; Zach Chambers (Wisconsin-Platteville)-6 pinned Dave Paramski (Cornell) 3:44; Mike Rohowetz (Wisconsin-La Crosse) dec. Pino 10-6; Dustin Brewer (Simpson)-2 dec. Mike Conklin (Norwich) 11-7.
Consolation preliminary round - Conklin pinned McMurray 1:09; Paramski dec. Kobilansky 7-4; Gaeta dec. Mercer 12-6; Burdick dec. Hansen 6-4 sd.

149 pounds
Preliminary round - Don Ooten (Brockport) dec. Brian Boland (Ursinus) 3-0.
First round -- Matt Pyle (Luther)-1 dec. Dane LaPlante (Oswego) 12-6; Carl Amerine (Wilmington)-8 pinned Mark DeCiccio (Springfield) 4:33; Jake Larsen (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-5 major dec. Jaryd Steinbacher (Delaware Valley) 11-3; Kyle Forness (Buena Vista) dec. Jared Evans (Augsburg)-4 4-3; Jacob Naig (Wartburg)-3 dec. Kenny Thomas (Elmhurst) 6-1; Sean Connelly (Mount Union) dec. Stephen Hult (NYU)-6 10-8; Jared Creason (Coe)-7 dec. Ooton 6-3; Jason Roush (Mount St. Joseph)-2 dec. Ryan Higgins (Wisconsin-Platteville) 12-6.
Consolation preliminary round - DeCiccio dec. Boland 10-4.

157 pounds
First round -- Joey Galante (The College of New Jersey)-1 dec. Michael Kemble (Thiel) 6-2; Ross Needham (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-8 dec. Nate VanDyke (Luther) 6-2; Jacob Malone (St. John's) pinned Shaheem Bradshaw (Brockport) 2:35; Joe Pflug (Heidelberg)-4 major dec. Dale Mills (Muhlenberg) 15-4; Robert Gingerrich (North Central)-3 dec. Daniel DeLalla (Wesleyan) 13-7; Brad Bishop (Loras)-6 dec. Ryan Herwig (Delaware Valley) 6-3; Elliot Spence (Mount St. Joseph)-7 received a bye; Jeremy Anderson (Augsburg)-2 dec. Joseph Duca (Ithaca) 9-4.

165 pounds
First round -- Derek Sikora (Wisconsin-Eau Claire)-1 major dec. Steve Martell (Johnson & Wales) 8-0; Dustin Bliven (Wartburg)-8 dec. Brian Daly (Augustana) 3-1; Gerald Bowne (York)-5 pinned Brandon MacWhinnie (Stevens) 2:25; Corey Murphy (Thiel)-4 received a bye; Tim Maxworthy (Heidelberg) pinned Tony Howard (McDaniel)-3 6:56; Scott Dorn (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-6 dec. Cole Williams (Dubuque) 5-4; Don Williams (Brockport) dec. Derek Ricker (Messiah)-7 3-2; Ryan Valek (Augsburg)-2 received a bye

174 pounds
First round -- Stephon Sair (Cortland)-1 major dec. Derek Crane (Lycoming) 12-2; Josh Rupprecht (Elmhurst)-8 dec. Timmy Miller (Ohio Northern) 11-5; Mathias Keib (Ithaca)-5 dec. Cody Downing (Simpson) 4-2 tb; Jon Dolan (Williams)-4 dec. Tim Kelly (Mount St. Joseph) 9-2; Josh Chelf (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-3 dec. Jeffrey Harrington (The College of New Jersey) 6-2; Robbie Gotreau (Augsburg)-6 dec. David Krause (Johns Hopkins) 7-1; Al Stacilauskas (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)-7 dec. Ryan Hagerty (Loras) 4-2 sd2; Scott Kauffman (Wartburg)-2 received a bye

184 pounds
First round -- Duane Bastress (York)-1 dec. Ben Dictus (Lawrence) 11-3; Michael Troutman (Ursinus)-8 received a bye; Robert Stubbs (Ithaca)-5 pinned Mitch Hager (Loras) 5:30; Brad Tupa (Augsburg)-4 dec. Ben Plowman (Ohio Northern) 4-2; Akeem Carter (Wartburg)-3 dec. Mike Berlanda (Delaware Valley) 6-2; Dan Willaert (St. John's)-6 dec. Zack Weinrich (Roger Williams) 9-4; Terry Madden (Hunter)-7 won by technical fall over Ryan Newberry (Olivet) 19-2, 6:11; Jason Lulloff (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-2 received a bye.

197 pounds
Preliminary round - Dan Fiecke (St. John's dec. Jeffrey Wright (Olivet) 6-4.
First round -- T.J. Miller (Wartburg)-1 dec. Dan Fiecke (St. John's) 4-2; Brandon Kelly (Wilkes) major dec. Ben Strandberg (Buena Vista)-8 19-9; Matthew Chrzanarski (York) pinned Mike Cabe (Coe)-5 6:53; Jim Swanson (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-4 dec. Zach Greenberg (Rochester) 4-3; Matthew Loesch (Muhlenberg)-3 dec. Jason Leckey (Springfield) 7-2; Dustin Docter (North Central)-6 dec. Alex Bonander (Luther) 3-2; Jason Figgins (Loras) dec. Devin Carman (Baldwin-Wallace)-7 6-4; Jamall Johnson (Delaware Valley)-2 won by technical fall over Nicholas Calandrino (Ithaca) 18-2, 6:30.
Consolation preliminary round - Calandrino pinned Wright :52.

285 pounds
Preliminary round -- Ryan Allen (Wisconsin-La Crosse)-2 pinned Bryan Morgan (Millikin) 1:00.
First round -- Blake Gillis (Wartburg)-1 pinned Ryan Rozek (Wisconsin-Platteville) 2:41; Ward Brady (Elmhurst)-8 dec. William Beiermeister (Montclair) 4-3; Tom Snyder (Lycoming)-5 dec. Bryan Kmetz (Baldwin-Wallace) 2-1 tb; Trevor Hiffa (Oneonta) dec. Mike Hayes (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)-4 3-1; Mike Blair (Trinity)-3 won by technical fall over Michael Pattanite (Gettysburg) 15-0, 4:14; Pat Bennett (Brockport)-6 dec. John Miller (Luther) 17-13; Keith Bjorhus (The College of New Jersey) dec. Brett Christensen (Simpson)-7 vs. Keith Bjorhus (The College of New Jersey) 5-2; Allen major dec. Andrew Neumann (Augsburg) 13-5.
Consolation preliminary round - Rozek pinned Morgan 4:54.