Falcons win NWA Tournament, six wrestlers win titles

Falcons win NWA Tournament, six wrestlers win titles

MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin dominated the Northern Wrestling Association Tournament on Saturday morning and won the team title convincingly, while six Falcons won their respective weight bracket inside the R. John Buuck Field House.

CUW took first place with 107.5 team points, while Casey Kenealy was named NWA Outstanding Wrestler and Corey VanGroll was named NWA Coach of the Year for the third-consecutive year. The title was also the third-consecutive for the Falcons.

Overall, the Falcons won six of the 10 possible weight divisions; including one by fall, four by decision and one by medical forfeit.

Senior Sean Ambrocio (San Antonio, Texas) didn't have an opponent in the 133-pound weight bracket, which gave him the title without breaking a sweat. Sophomore Joshua Curcio (Granger, Ind.) received a bye in the first round and picked up a 16-11 decision over Justin Wolfenden (MSOE) to win the 141-pound division.

Junior Pierce Holtfreter (Las Vegas, Nev.) won easily in the first round over Eric Vogel (Knox College) by technical fall, 17-2, before pinning Jacob Maechtle (Lakeland College) at 157-pounds in 6:03 to win the title. Kenealy (Senior, Hartford, Wis.) pinned Che Woodson (Knox College) in 5:27, before edging Mitchell Fucile (Lakeland College) by decision, 5-3, in the 165-pound division title match.

Sophomore Mason Mergener (Crivitz, Wis.) had the fastest pin of the tournament, 0:53, over Garret Gross (MSOE) to advance in the 174-pound bracket. He then won the title with a close 4-3 decision over Greg Ventris (Knox College) to win the title. Freshman Mitchell Slatton (Granger, Ind.) earned a 12-5 decision win over his teammate sophomore Mac Braylock (Atlanta, Ga.) and a 5-3 decision victory over Eddie Terres (Lakeland College) in the 184-pound bracket to win the title.

Freshman Maxim Riederer (Milwaukee, Wis.) took second in the 125-pound bracket, while senior Jake Reuteler (New Berlin, Wis.) was second at 197 pounds and sophomore John Hinson (Glendale, Ariz.) was second at 285 pounds.

CUW next competes at the NCAA Division III West Regionals on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Minneapolis, Minn., which is hosted by Augsburg College.