2007 Cliff Keen National Duals
For the second consecutive year, the UCF Wrestling team has been invited to participate in the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The venue for the duals—the UNI Dome—hosts the top teams from the NCAA, NAIA, NCWA, NJCA, and the college women’s wrestling league. Representing the NCWA were the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Kansas State University, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Central Florida.
On day one of competition, the UCF wrestling team faced the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. First up for UCF at 125 lbs. was Federico Carosio who won by forfeit. Matt Bohren made his debut at 133 lbs. with a quick victory by fall in the first period. At 141 lbs., senior captain Paul Rothenberg dominated his opponent for three periods before picking up the fall late in the third period. Rob McCarty won at 149 lbs. by a decision of 7-4. At 157 lbs., freshman Barrett Hambright won by a technical fall in the second period, 21-6. Michael Lemieux won his match with a fall half way through the first period. Veteran wrestler Zach Sanford started his match with intensity scoring mostly in the first two periods. He finished with a major decision of 16-6. Freshman Matt Stwan, 184 lbs., picked up a fall in the first period in just 42 seconds. Jimmy Myers, 197 lbs., pinned his opponent in the first period. Brian Pierson won by forfeit at 235 lbs. At heavyweight, Jessie Pinson secured the shut-out victory by pinning his opponent 20 seconds into the first period. The final score: UCF 60, UWM 0.
In round two of competition, UCF wrestled Kansas State University. Frederico Carosio picked up a forfeit giving UCF a 6-0 lead against Kansas State. Matt Bohren picked up his second pin of the day in the first period. Paul Rothenberg was unable to pin his opponent, but did pick up a victory by a technical fall. Rob McCarty won by forfeit. At 157 lbs., Barrett Hambright won by injury default after the first period of wrestling leaving the team score at 29-0. Michael Lemieux dominated his match and was rewarded with a major decision, 16-7. In his second match, Zach Sanford staged a second impressive win by getting a pin in 58 seconds. Matt Stwan wrestled tough but was unable to defeat his opponent from Kansas State University and lost by a technical fall. Jimmy Myers started a bit slow, but was able to pick up the pace in the third period to win by fall. Brian Pierson also picked up a second win by defeating his Kansas State opponent with a major decision. Jesse Pinson closed out the first day of action with a second pin in only 17 seconds. The final score: UCF 55, KSU 5.
In day two of wrestling, and for the second consecutive year, UCF met returning national champions Grand Valley State University in the finals. At 125 lbs. Federico Carosio started the Knights with an impressive victory over Nick Emery 12-5. Matt Bohren was unable to top GVSU’s returning national finalist, Joe Mendez, and lost 7-11. Paul Rothenberg lost a close match to Kyle Shank 6-8, making the team score 3-6 in favor of GVSU. At 149 lbs. Rob McCarty faced Travis Eisen for the second time and earned an 11-5 victory. After GVSU’s Russell Correll earned a victory by fall over Barrett Hambright, the Grand Valley Lakers picked up victories at 165 lbs., 174 lbs., 184 lbs., 197 lbs, and 235 lbs. In the heavyweight match UCF’s Jesse Pinson picked up a victory by forfeit making the final team score 33-12 in favor of Grand Valley State University.
UCF will continue to prepare for the NCWA national tournament in Dallas, TX in hopes of regaining the NCWA national title. Coach Scott Sherman emphasized that this tournament was a stepping stone and the goal of peeking at the national tournament and becoming the 2007 national champions has not changed. “We lost several matches that were certainly winnable, but with hard work and fewer mistakes we are still in the hunt,” commented Coach Sherman. More results from the national duals can be found at www.ncwa.net/results.