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UW-Milwaukee Takes 6th Place At NWCA National Duals

01/17/2008 -

Kwilinski Carries Panthers
15 January, 2008
CEDAR FALLS – With a starter deployed to Iraq just one week before the event and small numbers to begin with, the UW-Milwaukee wrestling team entered the NWCA National Duals with just seven wrestlers to fill out the NCWA’s eleven weight classes.

The team fell to #4 seed Marion Military Institute by a score of 51-9 in the quarterfinal dual. Nick Tadeo (Jr, 149) and Darin Kwilinski (Sr, 184) secured the Panthers’ only two wins, with Kwilinski winning his match by fall. Marion Military would lose to #1 seed and eventual champion Grand Valley State 42-10 in the semifinals before upsetting #2 seed Central Florida in the third place match by a score of 24-17.

In UW-Milwaukee’s second match, they faced a Kansas State University squad that brought just seven wrestlers to the meet. Alex Hughes (Fr, 125) began the dual with a 15-0 rout and then, after a double forfeit at 133, Tom Hansen (So, 141) followed it up with a win by fall. At 149, Nick Tadeo (Jr, 149) lost to make the team score 11-3 in UW-Milwaukee’s favor. The Panthers forfeited at 157, after which Omar Reynoso (Jr, 157) got pinned while wrestling up a weight class at 165 to make the team score 15-11 in Kansas State’s favor. The Panthers forfeited again at 174 before sending Tony Franciosi (Jr, 174) out to accept a forfeit at 184. Both teams forfeited the 197-pound weight class.

With the team score at 21-17 in Kansas State’s favor, and UW-Milwaukee having one forfeit in their favor pending, the winner of the meet would come down to the final match. The Panthers sent out Darin Kwilinski (Sr, 174) in the 235-pound bout and Kansas State countered by sending out Zach McGill (Gr, 235). Darin took a stalling warning in the first period, but no points were scored until the second period, when McGill took bottom and scored an escape. McGill took a stalling warning, but no further points were scored in the second period. Kwilinski chose bottom in the third period and got an escape to even the score at 1-1. McGill got a takedown to go up 3-1, but Darin got away fairly quickly to pull to with one point, 3-2. With time winding down, Kwilinski finished a shot to go up 4-3. McGill rose to his feet but Kwilinski drove him back down to his knees with seven seconds left. Darin held McGill down for the remainder of the period to win by a final margin of 4-3. The win made the team score 21-20, and Dan Piechowski (So, 285) received the forfeit at 285 to make the final team score 26-21 in favor of the Panthers.

In the dual for fifth place, UW-Milwaukee squared off against Bowling Green State University. The Panthers won four of seven matches, but Bowling Green State picked up 24 points from four forfeits to secure the win by a score of 36-16, leaving UW-Milwaukee in sixth place at the NWCA National Duals.

“The stated goal of the National Wrestling Coaches Association is to get the best teams from every collegiate wrestling association here,” offered Panther head coach Koy Kosek. “We took sixth place out of the eight teams who were invited here, so I was pleased with that. That’s not to say that we’re the sixth best team in the NCWA right now, but we wrestled the teams who finished in third, fifth, and seventh place here, and we won about half of our matches, so we’re competitive with those teams.

“Given everything this team has gone through this season – with not having a coach until mid-November and a coaching change and having a starter deployed to Iraq the week of the National Duals and all of that – and given that most of the guys in my lineup here have never finished a season of college wrestling before, I was very proud that we held it together this well. The program took third place out of four teams here last year, so taking sixth place out of eight teams this year is really not any worse. Again, given everything this team has been through, I think that’s saying something.

“Today was maybe the first time all season that I was proud of not just the effort levels but also the results, at least to some extent. Not counting forfeits, we actually won the majority of our matches against both Kansas State and Bowling Green State.”

All duals began at the 125-pound weight class.

Exhibition matches: Ahsha Abu-Ali, KSU over Tony Franciosi, UWM, 11-7; Rudy Corpus, BGSU over Alex Hughes, UWM, 11-6; Ryan Harden, BGSU over Omar Reynoso, UWM, 10-2

Marion Military Institute 51, UW-Milwaukee 9
125 CeeJay Hamilton (MMI) Tech Alex Hughes (UOW) 17-2, 4:44
133 Benjamin Canning (MMI) FF (UOW)
141 Jude Hubbard (MMI) Pin Tom Hansen (UOW) 2:41
149 Nick Tadeo (UOW) Dec Michael Lampkin (MMI) 8-3
157 Dante Graham (MMI) Maj Omar Reynoso (UOW) 19-6
165 Ian Wrenn (MMI) FF (UOW)
174 Derrick Miller (MMI) Pin Anthony Franciosi (UOW) 4:08
184 Darin Kwilinski (UOW) Pin Jacob Pomeroy (MMI) 6:11
197 Robert Barberi (MMI) FF (UOW)
235 Jay Brenowitz (MMI) FF (UOW)
285 Shane Raymond (MMI) Pin Dan Piechowski (UOW) 6:40

UW-Milwaukee 26, Kansas State University 21
125 Alex Hughes (UOW) Tech Tyler Williamson (KSU) 16-0, 5:33
141 Tom Hansen (UOW) Pin Bricen Biehler (KSU) 2:23
149 Thomas Pipes (KSU) Dec Nick Tadeo (UOW) 11-6
157 Matt Westin (KSU) FF (UOW)
165 Brendan Lund (KSU) Pin Omar Reynoso (UOW) 1:33
174 Ahsha Abu-Ali (KSU) FF (UOW)
184 Anthony Franciosi (UOW) FF (KSU)
235 Darin Kwilinski (UOW) Dec Zachary McGill (KSU) 4-3
285 Dan Piechowski (UOW) FF (KSU)

Bowling Green State University 36, UW-Milwaukee 16
125 David Briggs (BGS) Dec Alex Hughes (UOW) 6-5
133 Rudy Corpus (BGS) FF (UOW)
141 Tom Hansen (UOW) Maj Destine McClaflin (BGS) 10-2
149 Anthony Nicholson (BGS) Dec Nick Tadeo (UOW) 12-6
157 Omar Reynoso (UOW) Dec Nick Retay (BGS) 4-3
165 Steven Liechty (BGS) FF (UOW)
174 Scott Liechty (BGS) Pin Anthony Franciosi (UOW) 2:41
184 Darin Kwilinski (UOW) Dec Greg Burger (BGS) 6-3
197 Jared Voldness (BGS) FF (UOW)
235 Teddy George (BGS) FF (UOW)
285 Dan Piechowski (UOW) Pin Adam Isbell (BGS) 2:33

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