Nielsen Runner-up at UWW Junior Greco Roman Nationals, Places Fourth in Freestyle

LAS VEGAS, Nev.–North Dakota State University’s Carter Nielsen, representing the Bison Wrestling Club, was the 174-pound runner-up at the 2016 UWW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals and placed fourth in the 174-pound 2016 UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals held April 27-30 at the South Point Convention Center. NDSU and BWC teammate Dan Stibral was fifth in the 264.5-pound Greco-Roman Nationals and sixth in the 264.5-pound Freestyle Nationals.

In addition, Alex Bleeker placed fourth in the 185-pound UWW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals, while Carson Hagen was seventh in 264.5 pound Greco-Roman bracket. Nielsen, Stibral, Bleeker and Hagen earned UWW Junior Greco-Roman All-America honors, while Nielsen and Stibral were All-Americans in the UWW Junior Freestyle Division. The Bison Wrestling Club sent 10 wrestlers to compete, four in Greco-Roman and 10 in Freestyle.

NDSU BisonNielsen, a freshman from Foley, Minn. (Foley H.S.), advanced with a pair of tech falls to the UWW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals 174-pound championship match. He defeated Thomas Brackett of the West Tennessee Takedown Club 11-0 and won by 8-0 tech fall over CBU Wrestling Academy’s Billy Bigelow in the semifinals. Nielsen lost by 8-0 tech fall to Jacobi Jones of CSU-Pueblo Wrestling RTC.

In the UWW Junior Freestyle 174-pound Division, Nielsen won his first three matches and compiled a 4-2 record. He dropped a 15-6 decision to Myles Amine of Michigan RTC, but bounced back to edge Colston Diblasi by the score of 9-8 to reach the third place match. Jacen Peterson of Arizona State Wrestling won by 12-1 tech fall over Nielsen.

Stibral, a freshman from Tabor, S.D. (Bon Homme-Scotland H.S.), compiled a 2-2 record in the 264.5-pound UWW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals bracket. He pinned Nathan Pesquera of (Blue Jay) at 1:33 to secure fifth place. Stibral went 2-3 in the 264.5-pound UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals including pins over Sullivan Cauley of Arizona State Wrestling and Benjamin Stone of the Badger Wrestling Club.

Bleeker, a freshman from Pekin, Ill. (Pekin Community H.S.), won three of five matches in the 185-pound Greco-Roman bracket. He rallied for a 15-13 opening round win over Blake Smith of the Liberty Wrestling Club and also posted a 10-0 tech fall against Cade Brownlee of the MWC Wrestling Academy. Hagen, a freshman from Worthington, Minn. (Worthington H.S.) went 2-2 at Greco-Roman 264.5 pounds including a pin at 33-seconds over Santiago Vasquez of Farmboyz and an 11-2 tech fall over Hunter Scheivert of Modern Day Gladiators Wrestling.

2016 UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals Results

UWW Junior Greco Roman Nationals Results for BWC
Men 79 KG / 174 lbs – Carter Nielsen
Quarterfinal – Won by tech fall over Thomas Brackett (West Tennessee Takedown Club) (TF 11-0)
Semifinal – Won by tech fall over Billy Bigelow (CBU Wrestling Academy) (TF 8-0)
1st Place – Lost by tech fall Jacobi Jones (CSU-Pueblo Wrestling RTC) (TF 8-0)

Men 84 KG / 185 lbs – Alex Bleeker
Won by decision over Blake Smith (Liberty Wrestling Club) (Dec 15-13)
Quarterfinal – Won  by tech fall over Cade Brownlee (MWC Wrestling Academy) (TF 10-0)
Semifinal – Lost by fall Wyatt Koelling (Champions Wrestling Club) (Fall 1:00)
Cons. Semi – Won by decision over Randy Keesler (Argo Wrestling club) (Dec 9-3)
3rd Place – Lost by fall Austin Chaon (NMU-OTS) (Fall 2:53)

Men 120 KG / 264.5 lbs – Carson Hagen
Quarterfinal – Lost by decision Octavio Alejandre (Argo Wrestling club) (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Won by fall over Santiago Vasquez (Farmboyz) (Fall 0:33)
Cons. Round 3 – Lost by decision Thomas Helton (ISI) (Dec 3-0)
7th Place – Won by tech fall over Hunter Scheivert (Modern Day Gladiators Wrestlin) (TF 11-2)

Men 120 KG / 264.5 lbs – Daniel Stibral
Quarterfinal – Won by tech fall over Nathan Pesquera (Blue Jay) (TF 9-0)
Semifinal – Lost by fall Nicholas Boykin (Murfreesboro) (Fall 0:28)
Cons. Semi – Lost by decision Thomas Helton (ISI) (Dec 5-4)
5th Place – Won by fall over Nathan Pesquera (Blue Jay) (Fall 1:33)

UWW Junior Freestyle Nationals Results for BWC
Men 60 KG / 132.25 lbs – Arthur Payne
Champ. Round 1 – Won by tech fall over Jake Adkins (Princeton AWS) (TF 10-0)
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Taylor LaMont (Champions Wrestling Club) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 3 – Lost by tech fall Benjamin Lamantia (Michigan – RTC) (TF 10-0)

Men 63 KG / 138.75 lbs – Nico Colunga
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Salvatore Profaci (Michigan – RTC) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Brandon Walker (Terrapin Wrestling Club) (TF 14-4)

Men 66 KG / 145.5 lbs – David Flynn
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Vincent Turk (University of Iowa) (TF 11-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Won by tech fall over Christian Innarella (Princeton AWS) (TF 23-10)
Cons. Round 3 – Lost by tech fall Fredy Stroker (Minnesota Storm) (TF 10-0)

Men 74 KG / 163 lbs – Nick Mergen
Champ. Round 1 – Lost by decision Dane Robbins (Air Force) (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Dakota Wall (Bronco Wrestling Club) (TF 10-0)

Men 79 KG / 174 lbs – Carter Nielsen, Fourth Place
Champ. Round 1 – Won by decision over Luke Entzel (Iowa State University) (Dec 8-2)
Champ. Round 2 – Won by tech fall over Lawton Benna (Viking Wrestling Club (IA)) (TF 12-2)
Quarterfinal – Won by fall over Christian Smith (CBU Wrestling Academy) (Fall 3:33)
Semifinal – Lost by decision Myles Amine (Michigan – RTC) (Dec 15-6)
Cons. Semi – Won by decision over Colston Diblasi (Iowa State University) (Dec 9-8)
3rd Place – Lost by tech fall Jacen Petersen (Arizona State Wrestling) (TF 12-1)

Men 96 KG / 211.5 lbs – Cordell Eaton
Champ. Round 1 – Won by fall over Logan Searle (Loper Wrestling Club) (Fall 3:39)
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by decision Mason Reinhardt (Badger Wrestling Club) (Dec 7-5)
Cons. Round 2 – Won by decision over Christian Dulaney (Minnesota Storm) (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Round 3 – Lost by tech fall Andre Lee (IRTC) (TF 14-4)

Men 96 KG / 211.5 lbs – Alex Bleeker
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Angus Arthur (NYAC/NMU) (TF 12-2)
Cons. Round 2 – Won by decision over Vincent Feola (BWC) (Dec 13-9)
Cons. Round 3 – Lost by tech fall Kollin Moore (Ohio Regional Training Center) (TF 11-0)

Men 96 KG / 211.5 lbs – Vincent Feola
Champ. Round 1 – Lost by tech fall Hunter Ritter (Badger Wrestling Club) (TF 11-0)
Cons. Round 1 – Won by decision over Jareb Aziz (Colorado Mesa) (Dec 17-9)
Cons. Round 2 – Lost by decision Alex Bleeker (BWC) (Dec 13-9)

Men 120 KG / 264.5 lbs – Daniel Stibral
Champ. Round 2 – Won by fall over Sullivan Cauley (Arizona State Wrestling) (Fall 6:00)
Quarterfinal – Won by fall over Benjamin Stone (Badger Wrestling Club) (Fall 2:40)
Semifinal – Lost by tech fall Patrick Grayson (NWTC) (TF 11-1)
Cons. Semi – Lost by decision Joseph Goodhart (Drexel) (Dec 5-2)
5th Place – Lost by decision Jake Gunning (Buffalo RTC) (Dec 4-1)

Men 120 KG / 264.5 lbs – Carson Hagen
Champ. Round 2 – Lost by tech fall Youssif Hemida (Terrapin Wrestling Club) (TF 10-0)
Cons. Round 2 – Won by injury default over Robert Enmon (Florida Jets) (Inj. 1:08)
Cons. Round 3 – Won by tech fall over Octavio Alejandre (Argo Wrestling club) (TF 12-0)
Cons. Round 4 – Lost by tech fall Jake Gunning (Buffalo RTC) (TF 10-0)

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