April 20, 2011
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team wrapped up the 2010-11 season with its annual awards banquet Sunday, April 17 in the McLeod Center’s Alumni Suite.
The Panthers finished the season with a 12-9 record, including a 5-0 mark in Western Wrestling Conference action. UNI claimed the WWC regular-season dual title while finishing second at the NCAA West Regional. UNI sent three qualifiers to the NCAA Championships.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Loder earned the Most Valuable Wrestler award and the team’s Rookie Award after finishing the season with a 30-11 record, leading the Panthers in wins. The Granite Bay, Calif. native claimed the West Regional title at 184 pounds to advance to the NCAA Championships. Loder won 23 of his last 28 matches, including a string of 12 straight wins that included victories over six ranked opponents. Loder was also named WWC Freshman of the Year.
Trevor Kittleson earned the GPA award, posting the highest GPA on the team.
Blayne Beale earned the McCready/Steffensmeier Award for leadership. Beale stepped into the Panthers dual lineup for four matches, posting a 3-1 record, including two wins by fall. The sophomore finished the season with a 22-10 record overall.
The Lyle E. Schwarzenbach Award was given to Jarion Beets. The award recognizes an individual who exhibits the highest standards in citizenship, academics, practice and dedication. After earning All-America honors a season ago, Beets saw limited action during the 2010-11 season while recovering from injury, but stepped in at 197 pounds in a pair of dual matches.
Senior Brett Robbins earned the Chuck Patton Award, which is based on leadership. Robbins battled injuries a majority of his career at UNI, forcing him to see limited action on the mat. After earning his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA in January, Robbins posted a record of 11-4, including a 5-0 mark in WWC duals. The senior just missed advancing to the NCAA Championships, earning a second-place finish at the West Regional.
David Bonin earned the team’s Most Improved Award. Bonin earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships after finishing second at the West Regional Championships. Bonin posted a record of 26-13 and was ranked as high as No. 18 in the Intermat rankings.
Levi Wolfensperger earned the Most Falls Award after posting 13 wins by fall in open tournaments. Wolfensperger’s quickest pin came in 0:31.