UVU's Wilson Wins
Wolfpack Open, Seven Wolverines Place
RALEIGH, N.C. — Senior Josh Wilson won the 149-pound title
and seven Utah Valley University wrestlers placed Sunday
at NC State's Wolfpack Open.
"We're progressing and I'm pretty excited about with what
the guys are doing," UVU head coach Greg Williams said.
"All of the guys wrestled hard and we had some good
matches. I felt like the tournament accomplished what we
needed it to."
Wilson, who is UVU's lone returning NCAA Qualifier and is
ranked 18th by InterMat, went to perfect 5-0 on Sunday to
earn his first title of the young season.
Wilson started his day off with a 10-1 major decision over
Matt Buckworth (unattached). He then defeated Campbell's
Cory Wagner (8-1), Appalachian State's Dylan Cottrell
(4-2) and 2011-12 NCAA Qualifier Virginia's Gus Sako (5-1)
to reach the finals. In the title bout he then beat North
Carolina's Christian Barber by decision, 3-1.
Behind Wilson, redshirt sophomore Adam Fager also had a
solid performance, as he took second in the heavyweight
Fager began his tournament with four straight wins, three
of which that were by fall. He pinned King College's Jeff
Crawford in 54 seconds, VMI's Juan Adams in 3:39 and
Gardner-Webb's Justin Kozera in just 26 seconds in the
semifinal match. He also defeated Virginia Tech's Ty Walz
by decision in the quarters before dropping the
championship bout by fall to NC State's Nick Gwiazdowski,
a 2012 All-American.
Also placing at the open tournament for UVU were twin
brothers Jade Rauser (125) and Val Rauser (133), Avery
Garner (141), Chase Cuthbertson (157) and Monte Schmalhaus
(174). Both Rauser brothers placed third with identical
4-1 records while Garner, Cuthbertson and Schmalhaus all
finished sixth. Garner went 5-2 on the day while
Cuthbertson and Schmalhaus each finished with 4-2 records.
In all 11 wrestlers competed for UVU on Sunday, as Glenn
Terrano (141), Abner Cook (165), Derek Thomas (184) and
David Prieto (197) were also in action. Cook finished 3-2
while Terrano, Thomas and Prieto each went 2-2. Ethan
Smith (165) was also at the tournament but ended up
getting scratched from competing.
The Wolverines will take the next couple of weeks off but
will return to the mat Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Las Vegas,
Nev., to take part in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas