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UNI wrestling qualifies 5 for NCAA meet

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Five Panther grapplers will get the opportunity to compete for an NCAA title.  UNI crowned three regional champs and two runner-ups on Saturday to finish second at the NCAA Western Regional.

Panther 133 pounder Joe Colon picked up a 9-1 major decision, while Blaine Beale won at heavyweight, both for regional titles.  The surprise came at 141 pounds.  UNI's Levi Wolfensperger knocked off the top seed in the semifinals, then picked up a 1 point overtime win over #2 seed Casey Cruz of Northern Colorado to advance to the NCAA meet.

Panther 174 pounder Ryan Loder and 157 pounder David Bonin also advanced with runner-up finishes.

UNI picked up second in the team race with Wyoming grabbing the regional title.

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