UIU crowns 2 more All-Americans

UIU crowns 2 more All-Americans



By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor



Over the weekend Upper Iowa added two more names to its list of All-American wrestlers.

Edwin Cooper (149) and Carl Broghammer (197) finished second and third, respectively at the NCAA DII National Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, over the weekend to become All-Americans.

Since 1968 UIU has now crowned 79 All-Americans. With some being two- or three-time champions, the total list of individual wrestlers earning the honor now stands at 43.

Cooper (42-4) is a redshirt sophomore who transferred this year from Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge.

The Chicago, Ill., native came into the tourney ranked second. Two of his three losses before the tourney came at the hands of former Iowa Central teammate Frank Cagnina.

In Cleveland, Cooper won in his first match by fall. His next two wins were one-point decisions (7-6 and 3-2).

In the finals, Cooper faced Cagnina for the fourth time this season with the Central Missouri grappler using a third-period reversal and three near-fall points to beat Cooper, 6-2.

Broghammer (42-4) is now the eighth Peacock wrestler to become a three-time All-American. In all three years the Manchester native has placed third in the national tourney.

This year, Broghammer won his first two matches with a tech fall and a 6-4 decision. However, his semifinal match went to a second sudden-victory OT before he fell, 6-5.

The consolation semifinal also went to OT, but this time Broghammer won with a takedown in the second sudden-victory period. Broghammer earned third place with a 10-5 decision.

Broghammer concludes his UIU career as the winningest wrestler in Peacock history with 142 victories; he was also went 14-3 in three years at the NCAA National Wrestling Tournament.

UIU had three other wrestlers competing. Matt Paulus lost both of his matches at 133, Jordon Roths (141) and Logan Hopp (285) lost first-round matches but came back to win decisions in round two. However, both Hopp and Roths lost in the third-round consolation matches to exit the tourney at 1-2.

As a team, UIU finished 15th with 33 points. Over the previous four years, UIU had placed third, fourth, sixth and fifth. This year’s team saw a number of injuries preventing several wrestlers from competing at the end of the season. The good news for UIU is that it only loses three seniors. Broghammer was the only senior at the national tourney, and the other two seniors (Lucas Sharp and Trevor Duke) were not full-time starters.



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