NCAA announces at-large selections for Division I Wrestling Championships

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the 50 at-large selections for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
The wrestlers listed in alphabetical order by weight class join the 280 student-athletes that qualified automatically through the conference and regional qualifying tournaments over the past two weekends. It should be noted that there were originally 282 allocations provided to the qualifying tournaments on February 23, however, two allocations reverted back to the at-large pool. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria without priority order: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and number of matches contested at that weight class.

WeightNameInstitutionQualifying Tournament
125Tyler IwamuraCal State BakersfieldPac-10
125Joseph LangelRutgersEIWA
125Jonathon MorrisonOklahoma StateBig 12
125Brad PatakyPenn StateBig 10
125Trent SprenkleNorth Dakota StateWest Regional
141Christopher DiazVirginia TechACC
141Christopher DrouinIowa StateBig 12
141Michael MangrumOregon StatePac-10
141Trevor MeldeRutgersEIWA
141Vicente VarelaHofstraColonial
149Kyle BradleyMissouriBig 12
149Donnie CorbyCentral MichiganMAC
149Torsten GillespieEdinboroEWL
149Matt LesterOklahomaBig 12
149Joey MetzlerOld DominionColonial
149Brian StephensVirginia TechACC
157Matt CathellKent St.MAC
157Jackson MorseIllinoisBig Ten
157Chase NelsonOklahomaBig 12
157Donnie TasserPittsburghEWL
165Bekzod AbdurakhmonovClarionEWL
165Joe BoothDrexelColonial
165Ryan DesRochesCal PolyPac-10
165Brandon HatchettLehighEIWA
165Justin KerberCornellEIWA
165Thomas ScottonNorth CarolinaACC
165Ross TiceKent St.MAC
174Scott GiffinPennsylvaniaEIWA
174Ryan McGarityBinghamtonColonial
174Rob MorrisonRiderColonial
174Jacob SwartzBoise St.Pac-10
184Brice ArandOregon St.Pac-10
184A.J. KisselPurdueBig Ten
184Mike LarsonMissouriBig 12
184Nathan SchiedelBinghamtonColonial
184Kirk SmithBoise St.Pac-10
197Anthony BiondoMichiganBig Ten
197Nikolas BrownChattanoogaSouthern
197Peter CaponeOhio St.Big Ten
197Matt CaspersonBoise St.Pac-10
197Ryan SmithCal PolyPac-10
285Ricardo AlcalaIndianaBig Ten
285John DanilkowiczVirginiaACC
285David MaroneVirginia TechACC
285Blake RosholtOklahoma St.Big 12
285David WadeEastern MichiganMAC


Gophers Send Nine To NCAA Championships

Gophers Send Nine To NCAA Championships

March 9, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Nine members of the No. 5 Minnesota wrestling program are slated to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as the Gophers take aim on their fourth national championship in school history. The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will host the three-day event from March 17-19.

The NCAA announced this year’s tournament brackets, seedings and at-large bids on Wednesday evening with six of Minnesota’s competitors earning seeds in their respective weight classes. 330 wrestlers will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, 33 in each of the 10 weight classes. Below is the information for Minnesota’s nine representatives to the NCAA competition.

Zach Sanders5125
David Thorn133
Mike Thorn2141
Danny Zilverberg149
Cody Yohn12165
Scott Glasser174
Kevin Steinhaus8184
Sonny Yohn9197
Tony Nelson8285

Qualifiers List
Qualification Allocation Chart
At-large selections

Fornicoia to be inducted into Division III Hall of Fame

Fornicoia to be inducted into Division III Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS — Augsburg College wrestling alumnus Nick Fornicoia ’93 will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Thursday evening in La Crosse, Wis., site of this year’s NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships.



Nick Fornicoia

Fornicoia will be the fifth Auggie to be named to the Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining wrestlers Steve Gliva ’85, John Beatty ’90, Gary Kroells ’93 and Dan Lewandowski ’97, along with former head coach Jeff Swenson ’79.

He will be honored at a ceremony at the La Crosse Center on Thursday at 6 p.m. Joining Fornicoia in the induction class of 2011 are wrestlers Zack Kallai of Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Jason Ott of Wisconsin-La Crosse, along with former coaches Dave Kemmy of Roger Williams (R.I.), Steve DeVries of Cornell (Iowa) and Gene Nighman of Cortland State (N.Y.), as well as contributor Terry Shockley of Augustana (Ill.).

Fornicoia earned All-America honors three times as an Auggie, winning the 118-pound national title in 1993. He finished fourth nationally at 118 in 1991 and eighth at 118 in 1992. Fornicoia finished 39-9-1 his sophomore season, 38-6-1 his junior season and 37-6 in his senior campaign as a three-year starter for the Auggies. His career record was 136-25-2. Fornicoia was a part of Augsburg squads that won two national titles (1991, 1993) and had two national runner-up finishes (1990, 1992).

Fornicoia proved to be one of the keys in Augsburg earning its 1993 team national title, the second team title for the Auggies in program history. Entering the final round of the national meet, Augsburg trailed Wartburg in the team race, but Fornicoia’s 5-4 win over Wartburg’s Zane Braggs in the 118-pound national championship match put Augsburg ahead to stay.

He also earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles in both 1992 and 1993, as part of Auggie squads that won conference crowns each of his four seasons. As a team, Augsburg went 57-3 in dual meets in Fornicoia’s career, including part of a 65-match winning streak that spanned from 1988 to 1992.

Fornicoia was also a member of Augsburg’s cross country team for two seasons. As a high school wrestler at Richfield High School, he was a state titlist in 1989 and a two-time state tournament qualifier.

After graduation, Fornicoia served Augsburg for several seasons as an assistant coach. He was an English education major at Augsburg. For the past 14 years, he has served as a teacher and wrestling assistant coach at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn.

The NWCA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame has honored NCAA Division III wrestlers, coaches and contributors since 1989. Augsburg has been an NCAA Division III member since 1983. To be considered for Hall of Fame induction, wrestlers must be three-time All-Americans or two-time national champions.

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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