NCAA to Stream Selection Show for 2011 NCAA Division I Championships

The NCAA will announce the 330 student-athletes set participate in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships via a Web stream selection show on on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. ET.

Shane Sparks will serve as the host as he unveils each of the 10 brackets in the championships field.

Fans wishing to view the show can do so at the link below:

Complete printable brackets will be available on at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9.

Following the selection announcement fans are encouraged to tune into Takedown Wrestling’s annual NCAA Division I Championships Preview Show from 8 – 11 p.m. (ET).

Host Scott Casber will be joined in studio by co-hosts Steve Foster, Jeff Murphy, Ryan Freeman and Geoff Murtha as they breakdown the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships bracket by bracket.

The three-hour broadcast will feature several distinguished guests, including NCAA Division I Wrestling committee chair, Derek Van Der Merwe, and NCAA champion and National Wrestling Hall of Famer, Wade Schalles.

Fans are encouraged to interact with on-air hosts through Facebook at Questions submitted through Facebook will be answered by the studio hosts throughout the show.

There are three ways for fans to listen to the NCAA Division I Championships Preview Show, on, or through the I Heart Radio app on your Smart Phone (select sports radio/KXNO).

Takedown Wrestling to Host Annual NCAA Championships Preview Show

Division I Brackets to be Broken Down Tomorrow Night 7 CST

DES MOINES, Iowa – Takedown Wrestling and Des Moines Sports Station KXNO will again play host to the annual NCAA Championships Preview Show on Wednesday, March 9 from 7 – 10 p.m. (CST). Wrestling fans are encouraged to listen in for the fun, opinions and more during the three-hour Bracket Buster special.

“Takedown Wrestling and KXNO are very excited to broadcast this show again for the fans of college wrestling. It’s a way for us to bring the family of wrestling media together for 1 night to offer opinions and insight”. said Scott Casber.

Host and Takedown Wrestling founder, Scott Casber, will be joined by in studio co-hosts Steve Foster, Jeff Murphy, Ryan Freeman, Bob Selby and Geoff Murtha as they breakdown the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships brackets.

Special guests include former NCAA champion and Hall of Famer Wade Schalles  a two-time NCAA National Champion who holds multiple records in the sport including holding the Guinness Book of World  Records title for most amateur wrestling wins and pins, and is the creator of several of wrestling’s most notorius moves – including the Spladle and the Cement Mixer.  Master statistician Britt Malinski will help with the subtle nuances of all the numbers and NCAA Division I Wrestling committee chair, Derek Van Der Merwe

In addition the following distinguished panel of guests from the top wrestling websites and broadcasts around the country will take part in the three-hour broadcast:

Website Guests
Chad Wiltsey – in studio
Andrew Hipps –
Jason Bryant –                    
Eric Betterman –
Bill Miller –
Earl Smith –
Tim Johnson – IPTV, Big 10, NCAA Broadcasters
Jim Gibbons – IPTV, Big 10, NCAA Broadcasters
Jeff Byers – Penn State Penn State
Mark Ironside – University of Iowa
Roger Moore –  Oklahoma State/
Steve Lomangino – Lehigh University
GT Taylor – Arizona State

Fan Interaction
Fans are encouraged to interact with ON AIR hosts through Facebook at Chad Wiltsey from will be manning the facebook pages. Questions submitted through Facebook with be answered by the studio hosts throughout the show.

3 Ways to Listen
I Heart Radio app on your Smart phone, select Sports Radio/KXNO

Takedown Wrestling Studio Lines –

Takedown Wrestling and Des Moines Sports Station KXNO will again play host to the annual NCAA Championships Preview Show on Wednesday, March 9 from 7 – 10 p.m. (CST). on, or through the I Heart Radio app on your Smart phone (select sports radio/KXNO)

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SDSU’s Flynn takes third at West Regional

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nick Flynn led the South Dakota State wrestling team with a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional, hosted by Air Force Academy, as the Jackrabbits ended the 2010-11 season Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Flynn started the West Regional with a 6-2 loss to no. three seed Jimmy Belleville of Wyoming. He received a bye in his second match and moved to the third-place matchup after a forfeit by no. four seed Alec Williams of Air Force Academy. Flynn pulled out a 5-4 decision win over Northern Colorado’s Tanner Weiks to take the third-place spot in the conference but fell to Northern Iowa’s no. two seed David Bonin, ranked no. 19 (Intermat), by an 11-4 decision in the true second-place match to eliminate his claim at one of the two 157-pound automatic bids to the NCAA Championships. Flynn ended his sophomore season with a 12-17overall record.

Aaron Pickrel beat no. two seed Ben Kjar of Utah Valley to start off the tournament. He defeated Kjar, ranked no. 15 (Intermat), by a 5-3 decision in overtime. In the semi-finals of the 125-pound bracket Pickrel fell to no. three seed Caleb Flores of Northern Iowa by a 6-1 decision. Pickrel moved over to the consolation side of the bracket and defeated Northern Colorado’s Sam Bauer by a 9-7 decision before falling to Kjar 7-1 in the third-place match. Pickrel ended his sophomore season with a 26-10 record.

In the 285-pound bracket, Kevin Kelly defeated Utah Valley’s Christian Denny by a 7-2 decision in his first matchup of the day. Kelly fell to Northern Iowa’s no. one seed Christian Brantley, ranked no. 15 (Intermat), in the semi-finals by a 2-0 decision before defeating Konner Knudtsen of Northern Colorado 9-4 to move on to the third-place match. Kelly fell in the third-place matchup to Air Force’s Jared Erickson by a 2-0 decision. Kelly finished his senior season with a 13-17 overall record.

As a team, the Jackrabbits finished the tournament in seventh place with 14 total points. Wyoming took first with 93 points.

Bonus Match Results:
125 – True 2nd – No. 2 Benjamin Kjar (UVU) dec. No. 3 Caleb Flores (UNI), 3-2
133 – True 2nd – No. 4 Derek Gillespie (AFA) dec. No. 2 Casey Cruz (UNC), 6-4
149 – True 2nd – No. 3 Justin Gaethje (UNC) dec. No. 1 Brett Robbins (UNI), 5-4
157 – True 2nd – No. 2 David Bonin (UNI) dec. Nick Flynn (SDSU), 11-4
165 – True 2nd – No. 2 Steven Monk (NDSU) dec. No. 4 Clayton Gable (AFA), 7-6
174 – True 2nd – No. 4 Brad Darrington (UVU) dec. No. 3 Joseph Stafford (AFA), 4-1
184 – True 2nd – No.  1 Joe LeBlanc (WYO) major dec. No. 3 Kenny Moenkedick (NDSU), 13-4

West Regional Automatic Qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Championships
125 – Michael Martinez (WYO)
125 – Benjamin Kjar (UVU)
133 – Flint Ray (UVU)
141 – Cole VonOhlen (AFA)
141 – Justin Morrill (UVU)
149 – Cole Dallaserra (WYO)
149 – Justin Gaethje (UNC)
157 – David Salminen (NDSU)
157 – David Bonin (UNI)
165 – Shane Onufer (WYO)
174 – Patrick Martinez (WYO)
184 – Ryan Loder (UNI)
184 – Joe LeBlanc (WYO)
197 – LJ Helbig (WYO)
285 – Christian Brantley (UNI)

Western Wrestling Conference Awards:
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Cole VonOhlen (Air Force)
Most Falls Award: Steven Monk (North Dakota State)
Coach of the Year – Mark Branch (Wyoming)
Western Wrestling Conference Regular Season Champions – Northern Iowa
West Regional Champions – Wyoming

Salminen Wins 2nd Straight NCAA West Regional Crown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Vince Salminen won his second straight NCAA West Regional title at 157 pounds to lead the North Dakota State wrestling team to a fourth place finish on Sunday, March 6.  Redshirt freshman Steven Monk took second at 165 pounds, while senior Kenny Moenkedick placed third at 184 pounds.

Wyoming won its second straight team title with 93 points, while UNI was second with 87.

Salminen advanced to the title bout after winning a 12-7 decision over Utah Valley’s Richard Winger.  In the semifinals, Salminen shut out Air Force’s Alec Williams, 9-0.
In the final, No. 18 Salminen pinned Northern Iowa’s David Bonin in 5:28.  Salminen opened with a strong first period, notching two takedowns to take a 4-2 lead.  Salminen then scored a reversal to open the second period.  The Billings, Mont. native pinned Bonin 28 seconds into the third period.  With the win, Salminen earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships March 17-19 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Monk also advanced to the title bout at 165 pounds after earning pins of Northern Colorado’s Brandon Kammerzell in 2:19 and Utah Valley’s Jeb Clark in 3:51.  He faced off against No. 11 Shane Onufer of Wyoming in the title match.  Onufer scored four takedowns and a point for riding time in a 9-3 decision over Monk.

At 184 pounds, Moenkedick had a bye in the opening round and then took UNI’s No. 8 Ryan Loder to overtime in the semifinals before getting pinned in 7:35.  Moenkedick then won a 7-3 decision over Kazden Ikehara of Air Force to advance to the third place bout.  After an early takedown, Moenkedick pinned Casen Eldredge of Utah Valley in 2:03 to take third.

Senior Geoff Martin dropped his opening bout, but advanced to the third place match with a 6-4 overtime win over Chase Smith of Wyoming.  Martin lost by technical fall, 15-0, to Joey Lazor of UNI in the third place bout to finish fourth.

Sophomore Mark Erickson placed fourth at 149 pounds .  Erickson made it to the third place bout with a 12-11 win over Josh Kreimier.  Erickson was pinned by Northern Colorado’s Justin Gaethje in 1:15 in the third place match.

Junior Drew Ross was fourth at 197 pounds. He defeated Nick Bayer of Northern Colorado, 10-7, to advance to the third place match.  He dropped a 4-1 decision to Neil Delaney of Air Force to take fourth.

Sophomore Will Johnson went 1-2 at heavyweight, while sophomore Trent Sprenkle went 0-2 at 125 pounds, losing both matches to ranked wrestlesr.  Junior Justin Solberg was 0-2 at 133 pounds and sophomore Tyler Wells was also 0-2 at 174 pounds.

At-large bids for the NCAA Championships will be announced Wednesday, March 9.

Team scores
1. Wyoming, 93
2. Northern Iowa, 87
3. Air Force, 59
4. North Dakota State, 45.5
5. Utah Valley, 41.5
6. Northern Colorado, 24
7. South Dakota State, 14