EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team finished in 11th place at the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Wrestling Regional Tournament, with four Blugolds earning a spot on the podium.
At 133 pounds, Thomas Severson (Fr. – Marathon, WI/D.C. Everest) took fifth place. The newcomer defeated Scott Arneson of UW-Platteville with a 9-0 major decision in Saturday's first match. Against UW-La Crosse's Josh Stenger, Severson was pinned to send him to the fifth place bout against Noah Becker from Saint John's. Severson took the win due to a medical forfeit.
David Dudych (So. - West Dundee, IL/Harry D. Jacobs) lost in his first matchup with UW-Whitewater's Bernard Casella by fall (3:21) in Saturday's consolation bracket at 149 pounds. The sophomore then faced UW-Oshkosh's Corey Knudsen in the seventh place match, winning by fall (1:41) to take seventh place.
Facing Luke Smiley of UW-Stevens Point in the 157 consolation round, Ryan Hannah (Fr. – Genoa, WI/Viroqua) was narrowly defeated, falling by a 8-7 decision to move to the seventh place match where he faced Whitewater's Scott Schieldt. Hannah would tally the win to take seventh overall thanks to a pin (2:16).
Wrestling in the 174 consolation bracket, Toby Mosley (Sr. – Sparta, WI) lost to Stevens Point's James Borgen in a 6-2 decision to move into a matchup with Nevin Brittain of Elmhurst in the seventh place bout. The senior recorded an 8-1 decision in his final match to take seventh place.
With only the top three wrestlers getting bids to the national tournament, Saturday wraps up the season for the Blugolds. Follow Eau Claire next season on Blugold Game Day or on the 'UWEC Blugolds' app on your mobile device.