The NCAA DII National was held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 11th & 12th. The team title was won by St. Cloud State 90.0 with Notre Dame (Ohio) 82.0 in second followed by Neb - Kearny 78.5 in third, Pitt - Johnstown 71,5 was fourth and rounding out the top five was Maryville (MO) 65.5.
Colorado colleges which sent 15 wrestlers came away with eight All-Americans. The highest placing Colorado team was Western State in 11th place with 33 points followed by CSU - Pueblo in 12th with 26 points. Colorado Mesa had 9.5 team points finishing in 30th place and Adam State finished in 33place with 5.5 points. Colorado School of Mines were unable to get on the score board with going 0 -2 at 197 lbs. Both Western State and CSU - Pueblo ended the season with three placers each.
125 Results - 6th Place - Ronald Wardleigh of Western St.
133 Results - 8th Place - Martin Ramirez of Adams St.
141 Results - 4th Place - Corbin Bennetts of Western St.
157 Results - 8th Place - JaCobi Jones of Colorado St.-Pueblo
174 Results - 5th Place - Austin Harris of Western St.; 6th Place - Tarrence Williams of Colorado St.-Pueblo
197 Results - 8th Place - Marcus Haughian of Colorado Mesa
285 Results - 5th Place - Jacob Mitchell of Colorado St.-Pueblo
The full brackets and results are on trackwrestling.com
It was not the finish Adams State University's Martin Ramirez envisioned but the redshirt junior still walked away from the 2015-16 season with All-American honors.
Ramirez received the distinction with his 8th place finish in the 133 weight division at the NCAA Division II Championships held at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
After a 2-1 record on Friday, Ramirez began Saturday pitted against Naquan Hardy (McKendree). In a match that could've gone either way, Ramirez fell short with a 4-3 loss. The defeat moved him into a bout with Jordan Simpson (Newberry). Once again, the Elk Grove, California, native fell short and was defeated 7-4 to give Ramirez his eighth place finish. "The second day of nationals there's no easy matches. They didn't go our way, but leaving with All-American status is nothing to hang your head over." said ASU head coach Jason Ramstetter. Despite the shortcomings on Saturday, Ramirez concludes his outstanding season with a 30-9 overall record and shined as a bright spot for an ASU team that struggled in duals throughout the season. During the 2015-16 campaign, Ramirez claimed titles at the RMAC Championships and Midwest Classic, experienced a 19-match win streak, and was a two-time recipient of both the RMAC Wrestler of the Week and www.d2wrestle.com Super Region 4 Wrestler of the Week.
Colorado Mesa 197 pounder Marcus Haughian dropped a pair of matches on medal day and had to settle for eighth place at the NCAA National Championships at the Danny Sanford Premier Center. Haughian lost his first match of the day to Ryan Beltz of Maryville 12-6 and dropped into the seventh and eighth place match. He trailed from the get go in his first bout. Haughian was taken down to his back early but rebounded and got to within 6-4 on the scoreboard. That was all the closer he would get. In the seventh place match, Haughian fell to Ryan Parmely of Upper Iowa by pin in the second period. Marcus was in control and had the advantage but went to his back and was pinned.
With three All-Americans already secured heading to the final day of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, the Colorado State University-Pueblo wrestling team finished 12th and had a fifth, seventh and eighth place finisher. The team ranking of 12th is the best since the program re-start in 2008. The three All-Americans was also a program-best since 2008. All three ThunderWolves that earned All-America honors were JaCobi Jones (So., Omaha, Neb.) at 157, Tarrence Williams (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at 174 and Jacob Mitchell (Jr., Portland, Ore.) at heavyweight. Mitchell wrapped his first season with the Pack with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He won his first match by posting his 11th pin of the season, this time in 46 seconds to move to the consolation semifinal. He met Austin Goergen of St. Cloud State University and was pinned for the first time this season at 5:25. Mitchell was scheduled to meet Donnell Walker of Maryville, who beat him in the quarterfinals Friday, but an injury forced Walker from wrestling and Mitchell was awarded fifth place on a medical forfeit. He went 4-2 in the tournament and finished his season with a 18-3 record and 12 pins. Williams won his first bout of the day 8-6 in sudden victory to advance to the consolation semifinals. He lost that match 12-4 to Calvin Ochs of University of Nebraska-Kearney, who beat him in the region semifinals, to move to the fifth-place match. He met Austin Harris in the final match and after owning a lead from the first five seconds of the first period all the way to the final 15 seconds, was pinned by the Western State Colorado University-foe at 5:47 to finish sixth. After losing his first match, Williams won three straight and finished 3-3 in the tournament. He was 15- in his first season with the ThunderWolves. The All-American honor was the first at the NCAA Division II level for the junior. Jones lost his first bout of the day by a 3-1 decision to No. 4 Jonatan Rivera to move to the seventh-place bout. He lost to Greg Hegary of Maryville by a close 5-4 decision. Jones went 2-3 in the tournament to finish eighth, while he lost his three bouts by a combined four points. Jones finished the season with a 24-11 record.
Western State Colorado University wrestling ended the 2015-16 season on Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Mountaineers placed 11th as a team and had three wrestlers earn All-America honors. Western finished with 33 team points as five wrestlers competed at the championships. Like the Region IV Championships and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship, California Baptist University was the only RMAC school to finish ahead of the Mountaineers.
Head Coach Miles Van Hee was also the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award recipient. The award is presented annually to one coach across each division of collegiate wrestling. It's intended to recognize an outstanding coach who epitomizes the qualities and characteristics of a role model and mentor for developing young student-athletes.
Corbin Bennetts (Gr., Buena Vista, Colorado) at 141 pounds, Austin Harris (Sr., Windsor, Colorado) at 174 pounds and Ronald Wardleigh (Jr., Plain City, Utah) at 125 pounds were each named All-Americans over the weekend. All three Mountaineers were forced to the consolation bracket after Friday's first two sessions. However, the Western trio fought back, each placing in the top six. At 125 pounds, Wardleigh won his first match on Saturday in dramatic fashion. Wardleigh used a 12-11 decision over Indianapolis University's Joshua Keifer to propel him into the consolation semifinals. Unfortunately, Wardleigh was defeated by decision in the consolation semifinals and went into the fifth place match. There, Wardleigh faced Region IV opponent Dustin Reed of Newman University. After defeating Reed in the Region IV Championships, Wardleigh fell to Reed 7-4, placing sixth at his first Division II National Championship tournament. Wardleigh ended the season tied for the Division II lead in falls with 15. At 141 pounds, Bennetts won his first two matches on Saturday to make the third place match. Bennetts first earned a an 8-1 decision over Notre Dame College's Cobey Fehr, then scored a technical fall, 15-0, against St. Cloud State University's Matt Nelson. In the 141-pound third place match, Bennetts was unable to comeback against Ouachita Baptist's Blake Clevenger, losing by decision, 6-4. This was Bennetts' second career All-America honor. Last year, Bennetts was the national runner-up at 141 pounds. Like Wardleigh, Harris was forced to the fifth place match after winning his first bout by decision 6-2, then losing in the consolation semifinals 5-2. The 174-pound fifth place match was a rematch of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships as Harris faced Colorado State University – Pueblo's Tarrence Williams. Like the meeting before, Williams got out to an early lead. However, as the match continued, Harris took control and eventually pinned Williams to place fifth, earning his first All-America honor. Ian Steen (So., Graham, Washington) at 157 pounds and Brandon Supernaw (RFr., Colorado Springs, Colorado) at 184 pounds also qualified for the tournament from Western. Each were eliminated from the tournament after two bouts.