DUBUQUE, Iowa - Nine Coe College wrestlers placed at the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, while Cole Erickson (Mediapolis, Iowa/Mediapolis) was the only top-three finisher to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
Erickson had a bye into the quarterfinals before beating Dubuque's Greg Krulas 3-1. In the semifinals, two-time defending National Champion Kenny Martin of Wartburg beat Erickson by fall in 2:13. Erickson bounced back with a 5-3 win over Millikin's Randle Taborn in the consolation semifinals. In the third place match, Erickson won by fall over Augustana's Matt Sears in 3:44 to lock up his spot at the NCAA National Championships. Erickson enters the NCAA National Championships with an 11-6 record on the year.
At 125 pounds, two-time NCAA National Qualifier Jan Rosenberg (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) fell a win shy of reaching the national tournament for the third-straight year. Rosenberg opened the day with a major decision in the first round and a fall in 1:33 in the quarterfinals. Rosenberg lost by fall in 4:24 to Wartburg's Arnulfo Olea in the semifinals. Rosenberg picked up a 3-1 win in the consolation semifinals, but lost by 15-6 major decision in the final match to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Rosenberg went 23-8 this season, raising his career record to 76-55.
Cody Fritz (Solon, Iowa/Solon) also finished fourth at 157 pounds, falling a victory shy of making the NCAA National Championships. Fritz opened the day with a fall in :49, but lost by fall to Dubuque's Quincy Kalkbrenner in 4:57 in the quarterfinals. Fritz bounced back with three-straight wins in the consolation bracket, including a fall in :14. In the third-place match, he ran into Kalkbrenner again. This time, Kalkbrenner came away with a 16-4 major decision to get the last spot at the NCAA National Championships at 157 pounds. Fritz finished the season with a 18-13 record and concluded his career with a 39-22 overall record.
At 141 pounds, freshman Sam Uthoff (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) finished fifth. He won his opening match by fall in 2:13 against MacMurray's Braedon Clopton before dropping a 10-6 decision to eventual NCAA National qualifier Daniel Radcliffe of Central 10-6. Uthoff won by fall in 3:41 and 10-1 major decision in the consolation bracket before losing by fall in 5:47 to Simpson's Jason Kiehne. Uthoff won by fall in 1:23 in the fifth-place match, ending his rookie campaign with a 13-10 record.
Jake Voss (Ryan, Iowa/West Delaware) cruised to the semifinals with falls in 1:25 and 1:56 in this first two matches. In the semifinals, Central's Mike Maksimovic beat Voss 5-4, earning a spot at the NCAA National Championships. Voss dropped an 8-6 decision to Luther's Javier Reyes before beating Central's Zach Moss 12-5 in the fifth-place match. Voss went 31-6 this season and will enter his junior campaign with a 43-17 career record.
At 133 pounds, Fletcher Green (Washington, Iowa/Washington) won his first match by fall in :48 before dropping a 3-1 decision to Wartburg's eventual National qualifier Connor Campo in the quarterfinals. Green won a pair of matches by major decision and technical fall in the consolation bracket before losing by 9-0 major decision to Augustana's Brendan Gould in the consolation semifinals. Luther's Michael Triplett beat Green 11-5 in the fifth-place match. Green finished the year with a 20-16 record and takes a 35-26 career record into his senior season.
Two-time defending All-American Ryan Harrington (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) fell short of making a third-straight trip to the NCAA National Championships Saturday, as he finished sixth. Harrington opened the day with a 15-0 technical fall in 6:34 against Millikin's Jake Tisza, but dropped a 9-2 decision to Cornell's Ben Hewson in the quarterfinals. Harrington responded with a major decision and another win in the consolation bracket before falling to top-seeded Andrew Steiert of Wartburg 2-1 in the consolation semifinals. Hewson beat Harrington by 10-2 major decision in the fifth-place match. Harrington went 15-10 on the year and finished his career with a 64-20 overall record.
Taylor Mehmen (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) opened the day with a 3-2 win over Simpson's Noah Robinson before winning by fall in 3:00 against Millikin's Keajion Jennings in the quarterfinals. Eventual champion Justin Kreiter of Luther beat Mehmen 8-2 in the semifinals. In the consolation round, Loras' Awais Arain beat Mehmen 7-6 before he dropped a 13-3 major decision to Jennings in the fifth-place match. Mehmen went 26-11 in his rookie campaign.
At 197 pounds, junior Andrew Holladay (Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar) opened the tournament with a fall in 1:34 against Huntingdon's Austin Threatt. In the quarterfinals, Holladay beat Cornell's Ben Bergen by 9-0 major decision. In the semifinals, eventual champion Kyle Fank of Wartburg won by fall over Holladay in 2:30. Holladay lost by fall in :49 in the consolation semifinals before falling 3-1 to Bergen in the fifth-place match. Holladay was 24-14 on the season and will enter his senior season with a 55-34 overall record.
Garrett Kelson (Danvers, Ill./Olympia) lost by 4-1 decision to Simpson's Colby Vlieger in the first round. Millikin's Frank Tomaskovic beat Kelson 6-0 in the consolation round, ending his day. Kelson went 8-17 on the year, finishing his career with a 36-52 record.
As a team, the Kohawks finished third in the team standings with 111.5 points. Wartburg won the team title with 190 points, while Loras was second with 122.5 points. The NCAA National Championships will be held in La Crosse, Wis. March 10-11. A link to live video and results will be available at CoeAthletics.com when it is available.