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Baumgartner, Holtfreter qualify for NCAA Championship

Baumgartner, Holtfreter qualify for NCAA Championship

MINNEAPOLIS – Mason Baumgartner and Pierce Holtfreter performed well on Saturday and earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship in two weeks. Baumgartner won the 197 pound bracket and Holtfreter took third place at 157 pounds.

Falcons top finishers:
 Mason Baumgartner first at 197 pounds, Pierce Holtfreter third at 157 pounds
CUW team finish: sixth of 11 teams
Location: Si Melby Hall (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Tournament: NCAA Division III West Regional (hosted by Augsburg College)

- Baumgartner (Slinger, Wis.) dominated the 197-pound bracket after winning all four of his matches, including three by fall. He began the day with a win by fall in 25 seconds over Chris Yaros (UW-Oshkosh) prior to pinning Cecil Philson (UW-Eau Claire) 2:15. Baumgartner then won by fall versus Eddie Terres (Lakeland) in 1:55 during the semifinal match. During the championship bout he defeated Logan Hortop (Augsburg) by decision, 7-0.
- It will be Baumgartner's first time he qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship and he improved his season record to 7-3. He missed over half the season recovering from an injured incurred last season.
- Holtfreter (senior, Las Vegas, Nev.) finished 3-1 at 157 pounds and finished in third place. He received a bye in the opening round before winning by decision, 7-0, against Carter Focht (UW-Eau Claire). Holtfreter then lost 4-2 in an exciting double sudden victory bout to Ben Cousins (Concordia-Moorhead). He progressed to the consolation side of the bracket to defeat Sameh Almousa (St. Olaf) by fall in 1:40. Holtfreter took third place after winning by major decision, 11-3, over Joe Pelkey (UW-Oshkosh).
- It will also be Holtfreter's first time he advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship and his season record improves to 13-12.
- The Falcons have now sent at least one wrestler to the NCAA Division III Championship in each of head coach Corey VanGroll's seasons at the helm of the program.

- Freshman Ben Reagan (Wauwatosa, Wis.) won a pair of bouts at 149 pounds. He defeated TreJon House (MSOE) by major decision, 14-0, and Ian Gioacchini (Lakeland) by major decision, 8-0.
- Junior Mason Mergener (Crivitz, Wis.) won a bout at 174 pounds after earning a 10-8 decision against Robert Tait (St. John's).
- Sophomore Mitchell Slatton (Granger, Ind.) defeated Zavier Gonzalez (Lakeland) by technical fall, 15-0, at 184 pounds.

- Baumgartner and Holtfreter will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.