ST. LOUIS, MO. - The University of Northern Iowa's three remaining wrestlers in contention at the NCAA Championships fell short of earning All-American status Friday. Redshirt sophomores Joe Colon (133) and Ryan Loder (184) both ended their seasons one win away from a top-eight finish. Loder won two wrestleback bracket matches before bowing out to Nebraska's Josh Ihnen in the fourth round. Colon lost his quarterfinal and fourth round wrestleback matches to Illinois' B.J. Futrell and Virginia Tech's Devin Carter, respectively. David Bonin (157) fell to Columbia's Jake O'Hara in his second round wrestleback match.
Colon commenced Panther competition Friday, as he took on Futrell of Illinois in the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket. The No. 4-seeded Futrell caught Colon early on and pinned the No. 5 seed in 44 seconds. Futrell's victory snapped Colon's 20-match win streak, dating back to late December when Colon's only two losses of the season occurred at the Midlands Championships. Having defeated Colon at Midlands as well, Futrell has accounted for two of his three losses.
With the loss, Colon dropped down into the fourth round of the wrestletbacks bracket, where he faced another familiar foe in Virginia Tech's Carter. Colon garnered much attention at the National Duals Regional at Iowa State University last month when he handed the then-top-ranked Carter a 13-3 major decision. This time, Carter would end up on top, as he defeated Colon with a 13-10 decision. Colon ends his redshirt sophomore season with a 27-4 record and conference title, as well as the team's longest win streak and highest national ranking (5).
Loder began his day competing in the second round of wrestlebacks, where he preserved an early 6-0 lead to end with a 10-5 decision over Oklahoma's Erich Schmditke. Loder had a short turn-around before he faced North Carolina's Thomas Ferguson in the next round, but he took care of business, scoring a 12-1 major decision.
That put Loder one win away from obtaining All-American status, but he would have to get through Nebraska's Ihnen to do so. Ihnen defeated Loder in their most-recent battle during UNI's final dual meet of the season. Loder would end up falling just short of his opponent again, as Ihnen won with a 5-3 decision. For the second-consecutive season, Loder would end his NCAA Championship run one win away from becoming an All-American. He ended his 2011-12 season leading the team in wins with a 35-6 overall record.
David Bonin (157) bowed out of competition after losing his second round wrestleback match to Columbia's Jake O'Hara. O'Hara's 6-4 victory came during the first sudden victory period, as he delivered a takedown. Bonin completes his second-straight NCAA-qualifying season with a 31-10 overall record.
UNI scored a total of 12 team points during the tournament, which was good enough to earn 34th place out of the 64 schools represented.
133: Joe Colon
Quarterfinals - #4 Futrell (Illinois) FALL #5 Colon (UNI), 0:44
4th Rd Wrestlebacks - #6 Carter (Virginia Tech) dec. #5 Colon (UNI), 13-10
157: David Bonin
2nd Rd Wrestlebacks - O'Hara (Columbia) dec. Bonin (UNI), 6-4 SV
184: Ryan Loder
2nd Rd Wrestlebacks - #8 Loder (UNI) dec. Schmditke (Oklahoma), 10-5
3rd Rd Wrestlebacks - #8 Loder (UNI) maj. Ferguson (North Carolina), 12-1
4th Rd Wrestlebacks - #7 Ihnen (Nebraska) dec. #8 Loder (UNI), 5-3