Preview: Wrestlers Attempt to Qualify for Nationals at Saturday's West RegionalEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The culmination of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team’s 2017 season takes place this Saturday, February 25, from Memorial Auditorium in Moorhead, Minn. This time of the season is when wrestlers need to be peaking in order to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Ten Blugolds will have the opportunity to do just that this weekend at the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling West Regional.
WIAC Championships: Blugolds Wrestling Finishes in 5th PlacePLATTEVILLE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team took part in the 2017 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Wrestling Championships (presented by Culver’s) on Friday. The team finished in fifth place in the standings, but it certainly was a successful day in the sense that eight wrestlers were place winners.
Eau Claire Places Eight as Blugolds Host Don Parker OpenEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team hosted the 2017 edition of the Don Parker Open on Saturday afternoon. While the Blugolds started off the day strong, resulting in eight wrestlers placing for the team in a very tough tournament, they did not quite have the finish they hoped for, with only two of those eight getting wins in the final round.
Blugolds Take Down #20 UW-Platteville on Senior NightEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - On a night that honored the five seniors on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team, the action on the mat proved to be the story of the evening, as the Blugolds defeated the No. 20-ranked team in the nation. Thursday’s results saw the blue and gold grapplers defeat UW-Platteville by a score of 21-19.
Karkula & Sirny Finish Third and Fifth at Wheaton InvitationalWHEATON, Ill. (blugolds.com) - Following their success in Friday’s session at the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Zackary Sirny (Sr.-Wild Rose, WI) and Justin Karkula (Sr.-Oshkosh, WI/West) competed in the placing rounds on Saturday. The two seniors combined for a 5-1 record on the day with Karkula taking third and Sirny getting fifth place.
Bookends Sirny & Karkula Advance to Placing Rounds at Wheaton InviteWHEATON, Ill. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds sent nine wrestlers to compete in this weekend’s Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational. Of those nine, 125-pounder Zackary Sirny (Sr.-Wild Rose, WI) and heavyweight Justin Karkula (Sr.-Oshkosh, WI/West) will represent Eau Claire on the podium on Saturday afternoon as they advanced to the placing rounds on Friday.
Eau Claire Defeats Pointers on the Road, 21-12STEVENS POINT, Wis. (blugolds.com) - For the first time in over a month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team faced a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) opponent as they traveled on the road to take on UW-Stevens Point. The Blugolds earned their first WIAC win on the season, topping the Pointers by a 21-12 score. This win was the first time the Blugolds defeated UWSP since 1986.
Blugold Wrestling Takes Fourth Place at Budd Whitehill DualsWILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (blugolds.com) - After an impressive showing in day one of the Budd Whitehill Duals, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team ran into a bit more of a gauntlet on Saturday, dropping a pair of duals to conclude their trip to Pennsylvania. First, No. 25-ranked York College defeated the Blugolds 23-9, and then previously-ranked and host Lycoming College topped them 25-17 in the third place match.
Wrestlers Go 3-0, Advance to Saturday's Championship BracketWILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team followed up last season’s mid-January trip out east with yet another this year, as they take part in this weekend’s Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College. Following stops at Division I powerhouses Ohio State University and Penn State University on the drive out, the Blugolds got their chance to compete themselves on Friday.
Blugolds Return to the Mat at Pat Flanagan OpenDUBUQUE, Iowa (blugolds.com) – After nearly a month hiatus from competition, a handful of Blugold wrestlers returned to the mat on Saturday. Nine members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team participated in the Pat Flanagan Open at Loras College with six of the grapplers finishing on the podium.
Bonus Points Key as No. 15 Warhawks Defeat BlugoldsEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - Of the nine matches wrestled Thursday night (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater received a forfeit win at 141-pounds), the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team was victorious in four of them. Despite nearly winning half of the matches, the Blugolds were topped in the dual meet by a score of 25-12, proving the importance of bonus points in the match.
Seven Blugold Wrestlers Place at MSOE InvitationalMILWAUKEE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team took part in the MSOE Invitational on Saturday. Of the fifteen Blugold athletes who wrestled, seven of them placed at the tournament.
Philson Named WIAC Athlete of the WeekMADISON, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men's wrestler Cecil Philson has been named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Athletes of the Week, it was announced today by Assistant Commissioner of Media Relations Matt Stanek.
Historic Win for Blugold Wrestlers Over Luther CollegeDECORAH, Iowa (blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team picked up one of the biggest wins in program history Tuesday night, defeating consistent championship contender Luther College by a score of 20-15. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that they did so on the back-end of six duals and a tournament in a 17-day stretch.
Blount-McKinley & Focht Lead Blugolds at Auggie OpenMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team took part in Saturday’s Auggie-Adidas Open at Augsburg College. The Blugolds were among seventeen teams to take part in the tournament.
Blugolds Held to Two Match Wins, Routed by Highly-Ranked EaglesLA CROSSE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - Following Tuesday night’s heartbreaker in Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team made the quick turnaround and headed to this year’s destination for the NCAA Championships. Taking on perennial powerhouse UW-La Crosse in their first dual of their season, the Blugolds had a tough task ahead of them Thursday evening, with the Eagles ranked as high as No. 4 in some national polls.
UW-Oshkosh Edges Blugolds in Second Annual Chancellor's CupOSHKOSH, Wis. (blugolds.com) – In what is quickly becoming a must-see event on the schedule, the second annual Chancellor’s Cup did not disappoint yet again this year. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team was victorious over UW-Oshkosh in the inaugural event last year, and the Oshkosh Titans topped the Blugolds in a very close dual Tuesday night to even the series.
Blugold Wrestling Dominates in Home OpenerEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team improved upon their excellent start to the 2016-17 season with a dominant win Wednesday night in their home opener. The Blugolds topped St. Olaf College by a score of 39-12.
Wrestling starts season with 2 winsLINCOLN, Neb. (Blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team started their 2016-17 campaign with two wins on Saturday, a 37-6 win over Nebraska Wesleyan and 19-16 win over Dubuque University.
2016-17 Wrestling Preview: New-Look Blugolds Have High ExpectationsEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - When Tim Fader began his tenure as head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team a year ago, roster numbers were low. After a full season and off-season under his helm, the Blugolds have a number of new faces in their wrestling room, but expectations remain as high as they did the day he was hired.
Young Blugold Wrestling Staff Ready to Lead Young TeamEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (blugolds.com) - The 2016-17 season officially commences for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team this Saturday, with their first matches of the year taking place at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Head Coach Tim Fader returns for his sophomore campaign with the Blugolds, and in addition to nearly tripling his roster after the program took many successful steps in the right direction last year, he has also brought in a young coaching staff to assist him in leading the roster full of new faces.
Wrestlers depart for DIII Cultural Exchange in RussiaEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling Head Coach Tim Fader and wrestlers Robert Rocole (Jr.-Lakewood, WI/Wabeno) and Justin Karkula (Jr.-Oshkosh, WI/West) depart for Russia today to begin their cultural with both the Russian and Bulgarian national wrestling federations during the first week of June.
Wrestling announces team awardsEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team recently announced their team awards at their year-end banquet.
Behnke finishes 3rd at NCAA ChampionshipsCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (blugolds.com) - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestler Nathaniel Behnke (Sr.-Bruce, WI) finished his career as an All-American with a third place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday.
Four wrestlers earn NWCA Academic All-American HonorsCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (blugolds.com) - The National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced their Academic All-Americans and team awards Thursday night, with four Blugolds claiming Academic All-American honors and the team finished 15th for overall team grade point average (GPA).
Behnke Advances to NCAA semifinalsCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (blugolds.com) - In the first day of the NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships, Nathaniel Behnke (Sr.-Bruce, WI) went 2-0 to advance to the semifinals while Roy Munroe (Sr.-Cadott, WI) went 0-2.
Brackets set for NCAA Wrestling ChampionshipsINDIANAPOLIS (Blugolds.com) – The NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee released the brackets for the 2016 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship Monday night. Two Blugolds, Nathaniel Behnke (Sr.- Bruce, WI) and Roy Munroe(Sr.- Cadott, WI) will complete at the national tournament.
Behnke, Munroe Qualify for Wrestling NationalsMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Blugolds.com) - The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire wrestling team competed at the NCAA Division III regionals where they took 4th place as a team and two Blugolds punched their ticket to the national meet.
Wrestlers finish 5th at WIAC ChampionshipsSTEVENS POINT, Wis. (Blugolds.com)- The University of Eau Claire wrestling team competed in the WIAC championships, with several Blugolds having successful days as the team finished fifth overall.