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Preview of the West Regional, set for the Univ. of Wyoming



The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team comes into the West Regional with an 11-8 dual meet record and ranked 15th in the nation by InterMat. The Panthers faced some tough competition this year, as they wrestled 10 teams in the top 25, including six teams currently ranked in the top 10. Sophomore heavyweight Paul Hynek leads the Panthers. Hynek is ranked ninth by InterMat and has a record of 24-4, including eight pins. Other ranked Panthers going to Wyoming are Eric Brown (174, 19th) and Kyle Hansen (184, 15th). Wyoming is the host school for this year's West Regional Tournament. The Cowboys posted a 8-6 dual record this season, with wins over West Region schools Eastern Illinois and Marquette. Wyoming faced some tough competition as they wrestled five teams in the top 25. UNI defeated the Cowboys 30-6, this year. Fresno State comes into the West Regional with a 13-6 record and InterMat has them ranked 16th in the nation. The Bulldogs have the number one ranked wrestler, Stephen Abas, at 125. Three other Bulldogs are ranked in the top 20 -- Derrick Hayes (133, 16th), Nathan Vasquez (157, 9th), and Billy Blunt (Hwt, 7th). Fresno State has competed against eight teams in the top 25. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs 25-10 at the Lone Star Duals, earlier this year. Eastern Illinois ended its regular season with a 3-9 dual meet record. The Panthers three wins came over Franklin & Marshall, Eastern Michigan and Southern Illinois - Edwardsville. EIU has faced three teams in the West Region -- Marquette, Wyoming and Northern Iowa. This year, UNI defeated the EIU 41-3. Louis Taylor had the lone win at 174. Marquette travels to Wyoming with a record of 2-9. One of the Golden Eagles victories came to West Region*s Eastern Illinois. Marquette has faced four teams in the top 25 including Northern Iowa. UNI won this year*s match up 46-4. Air Force had a winning season as they posted a 7-2 regular season record. The Falcons defeated Wyoming but fell short to West Region's Fresno State. AFA has two indivdual wrestlers ranked in InterMat's top 20 -- Scott Frohardt (149, 20th) and Kevin Hoy (Hwt, 15th). The Panthers have never faced Air Force in head to head competition. PROBABLE LINEUPS: #15 Northern Iowa Overall 125 Eric Dunmire, So., Butte, Mont. 11-7 133 Dylan Long, Fr., Creston, Iowa 11-8 141 Mark Rial, Sr., Ft. Dodge, Iowa 19-10 149 Keith Weber, Sr., Dubuque, Iowa 15-13 or Jon Garvin, Fr., Walcott, Iowa 10-8 157 Drew Kelly, Fr., Charles City, Iowa 12-10 or Brandon Livingood, So., Decorah, Iowa 11-5 165 Nate Lawrenz, Jr., Herington, Kan. 14-6 174 #19 Eric Brown, Jr., Miami, Fla. 16-10 184 #15 Kyle Hansen, Jr., Wilton, Iowa 22-6 197 Jason Payne, Jr., Columbus Junction, Iowa 17-9 Hwt #9 Paul Hynek, So., Swisher, Iowa 24-4 Wyoming Overall 125 John Faczak, Jr., Bennett, Colo. 3-14 or Reynold Candelaria, Fr., Laramie, Wyo. 7-11 133 Kelly McConville, Jr., Osseo, Minn. 15-13 141 Thad Trujillo, So., Cheyenne, Wyo. 9-8 149 Mark Hamrick, Jr., Wheatland, Wyo. 21-10 157 Levi Prevost, Fr., Sidney, Mont. 11-9 165 Justin Christenson, Jr., Fridley, Minn. 11-16 174 Steven Schenk, Sr., Anderson, Calif. 20-12 184 Kevin Kessner, Fr., Rock Springs, Wyo. 14-16 197 Craig Rumsey, Sr., Norfolk, Neb. 18-11 Hwt Brad Steele, So., St. James, Minn. 20-13 Marquette 125 Paul Bugenhagen, So., Milwaukee, Wis. 133 Nathan Challis, Jr., Beech Grove, Ind. 141 Phil Bronsteatter, Fr., Wausau, Wis. 149 Andy Zychowicz, Fr., Perrysburg, Ohio 157 Jake Herreld, Sr., Camel, Ind. 165 Peter Butville, Sr., Neshaming, Penn. 174 Mike Kratz, Fr., Oconto Falls, Wis. 184 Brock Warder, Jr., Sioux City, Iowa 197 Mohammed Nomani, Fr., BlueValley, Kan. #16 Fresno State Overall 125 #1 Stephen Abas, Jr., St. Louis, Mo. 26-0 133 #16 Derrick Hayes, Jr., Seaside, Calif. 19-9 or Ben Martinez, Fr., Pixle, Calif. 7-3 141 Ralph Lopez, So., Fresno, Calif. 19-10 149 Jim Medeiros, Fr., Fremont, Calif. 18-15 157 #9 Nathan Vasquez, Sr., Bakersfield, Calif. 23-6 165 Eddie Gifford, So., Las Vegas, Nev. 19-13 or Darrick Duran, Jr., Fresno, Calif. 4-11 174 Mike Mellor, Jr., Diamond Springs, Calif. 1-18 184 Jason Rossotti, Sr., Selma, Calif. 17-13 197 Tom Gohde, Sr., Bozeman, Mont. 11-18 Hwt #7 Billy Blunt, Jr., Modesto, Calif. 20-3 Eastern Illinois Overall 125 Breandan Holmes, Jr., Skokie, Ill. 3-3 133 Mike Stanley, Fr., Mattoon, Ill. 5-10 141 Shawn Slenczka, Jr., Bartlett, Ill. 7-16 149 Joe Gassen, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill. 7-15 157 Frank DeFilippis, So., McHenry, Ill. 11-10 165 Mike Kelly, Sr., Hebron, Ill. 11-8 174 Louis Taylor, Jr., Chicago, Ill. 7-3 184 Kyle Bracey, Jr., Chenoa, Ill. 6-3 197 Joe Gleissner, Jr., Mt. Prospect, Ill. 10-7 Hwt B.J. Bertelsman, So., Belleville, Ill. 8-16 Air Force Overall 125 Heath McKim, Fr., Valley, Neb. 22-19 133 Andrew Peters, Jr., Boring, Ore. 20-15 141 Ryan Montanez, Sr., Simi Valley, Calif. 21-10 149 #20 Scott Frohardt, Jr., Parker, Colo. 33-5 157 Timothy Huxel, Sr., Madison, Ohio 28-8 165 Alex Pelbath, Sr., Oceanside, Calif. 26-2 174 Terry Parham, Jr., Pacific Jct., Iowa 34-5 184 Samuel Sheretz, So., St. Louis, Mo. 25-12 197 Ryan Kaiser, So., Fort Morgan, Colo. 14-17 Hwt #15 Kevin Hoy, So., Waretown, N.J. 38-10 LAST YEAR'S WEST REGIONAL 1. Northern Iowa 146.6 2. Brigham Young 96.5 3. Eastern Illinois 77 4. Air Force 66 5. Fresno State 65.5 6. Wyoming 55 7. Marquette 42
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