This marks the first trip to the NCAA Championships for both Bonin and Loder while Brantley makes his third consecutive trip.
In the team race, UNI came up just short of reigning champion
Final Team Scoring
2. UNI 87.0
3. Air Force 59.0
4. North Dakota State 45.5
At 184 pounds, second-seeded Loder earned his first West Regional title and first trip to the NCAA Championships with a 4-3 win over No. 1-seeded Joe LeBlanc (
Brantley scored a 3-1 decision over
Bonin fell to
Caleb Flores took Michael Martinez (
At 149 pounds, Cole Dallaserra escaped Brett Robbins’ grasp in overtime to score an escape and earn a 3-2 decision in the championship match. In the true second-place match, Robbins suffered a 5-4 loss to
Senior Andy OLoughlin fell to
At 133 pounds, Ryan Jauch fell 10-6 to Air Force’s Derek Gillespie to finish fourth.
Joey Lazor dominated the third-place match, scoring a 15-0 technical fall over
Air Force’s Clayton Gable exacted revenge on Trevor Kittleson at 165 pounds, picking up a pin in 6:13 in the third-place match.
Brice Wolf finished in fourth place after falling to
Flores advanced the finals with a 6-1 decision over
At 149 pounds, Robbins advanced to the finals with a 3-1 overtime win over
After earning a bye in the quarterfinals, Bonin picked up a 10-5 win over
Loder advanced to the finals at 184 pounds with a pin over
OLoughlin advanced to the finals at 197 pounds with a 6-5 decision over Air Force’s Neil Delaney.
At the heavyweight slot, Brantley scored a 2-0 decision over
After earning a bye in the first round of the consolation, Jauch avenged an earlier season dual loss to
Lazor scored his fifth pin of the season in the consolation round, pinning
After falling to Wyoming’s Shane Onfuer in the semifinals, Kittleson met Northern Colorado’s Brandon Kammerzel and scored a 5-4 decision to move into the third-place match.
Wolf scored a 16-2 major decision over Tyler Wells (
At 125 pounds,
Robbins became the second Panther to open the day with a major decision win, scoring a 12-4 major decision over
Kittleson opened the day at 165 pounds with a 5-1 decision over Air Force’s Clayton Gable.
Wolf scored a 12-1 major decision over
Loder picked up a 9-1 major decision over
At 197 pounds OLoughlin scored a 4-3 decision over
Brantley scored a 16-7 major decision win at the heavyweight slot over
Western Wrestling Conference Awards:
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Most Falls Award: Steven Monk (
Coach of the Year – Mark Branch (
Western Wrestling Conference Regular Season Champions – UNI
West Regional Champions –
The Panthers will now head to the NCAA Championships March 17-19.