Rohman Advances to Second Consecutive National Championship Match

WICHITA, Kan. – For the second consecutive year, Jaxson Rohman will wrestle for a national championship. He was one of four Vikings to take the mat on Saturday, with Max Ramberg, Zach Peterson, and Hunter Burnett each placing at the NCAA DII National Championships.

The fourth-seeded Rohman advanced to the national championship match at 125 pounds with a thrilling sudden victory over No. 1 James Joplin of Lander. Both wrestlers earned a takedown and escape in the first period, taking a 4-4 match into the second period.

Joplin took the lead with an escape in the second but earned a stall warning at the end of the period that proved to weigh heavy on the match. Rohman chose neutral in the third and pushed the pressure the entire period, forcing a second stall call to give him a point and send the match to sudden victory.

Rohman’s foot never left the gas pedal, sending shot after shot and forcing a third stall call, giving him the point and the match. He will now take on No. 3 Christian Mejia in the final.

Burnett finished eighth at 141 pounds. The redshirt senior fell by decision in the consolation rounds and had to medically forfeit the seventh-place match. Burnett wraps up his storied career as a four-time national qualifier and two-time All-American. He closes the year 16-3 overall and 69-25 in his career.

Ramberg placed sixth at 197 pounds after losing to Dominic Murphy of St. Cloud State in the fifth-place match. He opened his day with a dominant major decision over Wyatt Miller of Grand Valley State in the third consolation round. Ramberg fell by major decision in the consolation semifinals. He finishes the season 25-11 and is second in school history with 11 tech falls.

Peterson closed his run in sixth after losing in the fifth-place match to Isaiah Vance of Pitt.-Johnstown. The 285-pounder started Saturday in the semifinals, losing via fall to No. 4 Juan Edmond-Holmes of Lander before losing by decision to La’Ron Parks of Notre Dame (Ohio) in the consolation semifinals. Peterson concludes his season 8-10 overall after going 2-3 in the tournament.

Rohman will be the first wrestler in the championship session, and his match is projected to begin at 7 p.m.

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