2/25/2007: CU Hosts SWC Championships and Qualifies 2 for Nationals

CU hosted the annual NCWA Southwest Conference Championships on Saturday, Feb 24th on the CU campus. Colorado State came away with 1st place honors for the second year in a row, dominating the tournament by scoring 130 points. At one point CU stood in second place, but a number of key losses put CU back in the team score race to a respectable 5th place finish.

This year's conference tournament was by far the most competitive in recent history. Wrestlers from 14 different colleges competed for a top-four finish and a chance to wrestle in the NCWA National Tournament in Dallas. Justin Knag (149) and Jim Marek (157) were the lone Buffs to register to wrestle at Nationals, however John Martin (184) did take 2nd place to earn qualifier status. John is unable to compete at Nationals due to prior obligations.

2 more Buffs may still qualify as wild-card entries. Alex Feinberg (174), and Jesse Kim (125) finished in the top 6 of their weight class and may still compete at Nationals if the weight classes are not filled by wrestlers from other conferences. CU will likely hear whether or not the wild-cards are granted by Thursday.

TJ Perna (141) turned in his best performance of the season and finished in the top 6 of his weight class as well, but will not attempt to receive a wild-card bid due to prior obligations.

The NCWA National Tournament will be held March 8-10 in Dallas. For tickets or information visit www.ncwa.net.

1/23/2007: CSU Defeats CU In Interstate Matchup

CSU continued to dominate club wrestling in Colorado with a 42-9 victory over the Univ. of Colorado on Tuesday night. CU was hindered by 3 forfeits which accounted for 18 of CSU's points, but was only able to come away with 2 victories out of the 8 matches.

At 125, CU's Jesse Kim kept the match close for 2 periods and was only down 8-5 at the beginning of the third, but was unable to stop Jake Meng from scoring 2 3-point near falls and gaining a bonus riding time point. The final score was 15-5.

At 133 pounds, Zach Schiffer was taken down and put on his back in the first period, but overcame the deficit and scored a pin over Aaron Quinlan at 4:40.

T.J. Perna, in his first match on CU's team, wrestled CSU captain Nick Medina and was defeated 10-3 bringing the match score to 7-6 in favor of CSU. But a forfeit at 149 put CU further behind. Jim Marek then wrestlied a hard match against CSU's Larry Todd, who took 5th place at last year's NCWA National Tournament. Jim scorred a takedown and near fall in the second period and rode Todd for the entire third period to pick up the riding time advantage. The final score was 6-0 in favor of Marek.

That was the final victory for CU. At 165 pounds, A.J. Patti defeated Kirby Beegles by technical fall early in the second period. CU's Alex Feinberg lost 8-1 against Scott Wiser. Malcolm Lamprecht, wrestling up a weight class, was pinned by Steve Gerrard at 184 pounds. Bryan Gustavson was beaten by technical fall in the third by Nathan Kimberlan. CU could not field any 235 or HWT wrestlers, so CSU picked up an additional 12 points to finish the match.

A number of exhibition matches were held after the main duel to ensure that wrestlers from each team competed in at least one match. the results are tabulated below.

The duel, held in Boulder, was well attended by fans from both teams and shows that club wrestling is continuing to gather support in Colorado. The next competition for these teams is on Saturday, Feb. 3rd at the 2nd Annual CU Open. The next weekend, both CU and CSU will travel to Wyoming for a duel meet with Utah State and Weber State. The NCWA Southwest Conference Tournament will be hosted by CU on the Boulder Campus on Saturday Feb. 24th.

Match by Match Results:
125- Jake Meng (CSU) maj. dec.Jesse Kim 15-5
133- Zach Schiffer (CU) pin Aaron Quinlan 4:40
141- Nick Medina (CSU) dec. T.J. Perna 10-3
149- Andy Harem (CSU) forf.
157- Jim Marek (CU) dec. Larry Todd 6-0
165- A.J. Patti (CSU) Tech. Kirby Beegles
174- Scott Wiser (CSU) dec. Alex Feinberg 8-1
184- Steve Gerrard (CSU) Fall Malcolm Lamprecht
197- Nathan Kimberlan (CSU) Tech. Bryan Gustavson
235- Ryan Bok (CSU) Forf.
HWT- John Mcgee (CSU) Forf.

Jake Meng (CSU) Fall Max Gardiner
Kelen Hughes (CSU) Fall Sergio Catillo
Aaron Quinlan (CSU) Tech. Jen Brioulette
Joe Olson (CSU) Fall Henry Perlman
Andy Harem (CSU) Tech. T.J. Perna
Jack Baum (CU) Fall Wade Henderson
Scott Wiser (CSU) Fall Brett Mehlman

11/19/2006: CU Wins 2006 NCWA Southwest Conference Open

CU traveled to Arlington, TX this weekend and came away with a team championship in the 9 team SW Conference Open Tournament. The meet featured many of the squads that CU will face in the Conference Championships in February. Kansas State came in second place behind CU, followed by host UT-Arlington in third.

The tournament featured 3 wrestlers from DI Oklahoma, 2 of which are highly ranked and will compete in the NWCA All-Star Duel on November 20th. 3 wrestlers from CU matched up against the OU wrestlers, including Sergio Castillo, who competed in his first wrestling match ever this weekend.

5 CU grapplers placed in the top 4 of the tournament: Jesse Kim (125), Zach Schiffer (141), Justin Knag (149), Jim Marek (157), and Kirby Beegles (165).

Jesse Kim placed 3rd in a weight class that included the No. 1 ranked 125 pound wrestler in Division 1. Zach Schiffer was bumped up to the 141 lb. weight class after being the only wrestler to weigh in at 133. He fared well against heavier competition by finishing in 2nd place. Justin Knag made it to the finals before taking on the No. 2 149 pounder in Division 1. He finished with a second place medal. Jim Marek built on his success from last weekend by winning the 157 pound weight class. Kirby Beegles took 4th at 165.

Also competing at the meet were Sergio Castillo (125), Jen Brouillette (125), Brett Mehlman (165), and Malcolm Lamprecht (174). Malcolm was injured during his second match and was unable to compete for the remainder of the tournament.

The next time CU competes will be on Friday, December 8th in Fort Collins against Colorado State. Exact time and location for the meet has not been determined yet, but will be announced on our web site within the next few weeks.

11/12/2006: CU Competes at UW's Cowboy Open

The CU Club wrestling team began competition this season in Laramie at the Cowboy Open. Although the tournament is considered to be one of the toughest in the region, CU put on its best performance since the club was started in 2002. 5 wrestlers competed; Justin Knag (149), Jim Marek (157), Brett Mehlman (165), Kirby Beegles (165), and Alex Feinberg (174).

The tournament, which features many Division 1 programs as well as highly ranked D2 and JUCO teams, is divided into 2 divisions; an amateur division for wrestlers 20 years old and younger, and an elite division for anyone over 20. All of CU's wrestlers competed in the amateur division except for Kirby Beegles.

Although club teams, which are student-funded and organized, do not typically fair well against highly competitive NCAA and JUCO teams, CU managed to come up with a few victories. Brett Mehlman won his first match of the season with a tough 8-4 victory over a wrestler from New Mexico Highlands University. Jim Marek turned in the best performance of the day by winning 2 of his matches to make it to the top 8 in his weight class.

CU has a chance to test its skills against club wrestling competition in the NCWA Southwest Conference Opener on Nov. 19th in Arlington, TX. The SWC Opener features many of the teams that CU will compete against in the conference championships and throughout the season.

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