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Wrestling Concludes Home Events With Fourth Place Finish
Posted: Saturday, February 3, 2007
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire wrestling team took fourth today with 192 points as a few Blugolds took spots in the top four at the UW-Eau Claire Wrestling Invitational.
The big news of the day was the first place match in the 165-pound weight class. Top-ranked Marcus LeVesseur of Augsburg College (MN) went up against second-ranked Scott Dorn from UW-La Crosse. LeVesseur had a medical forfeit, allowing Dorn to take first. LeVesseur also has a collegiate unbeaten streak going, but a medical forfeit does not count against his record and keeps the undefeated streak intact.
The winner of the whole event was LeVesseur's first-ranked Augsburg squad with 347 points. The runner-up spot went to third-ranked La Crosse at 205 points while 21st-ranked UW-Stevens Point took third with a 197 score. 28th-ranked Eau Claire had 192 points while UW-Oshkosh rounded out the top five with a 181 tally. This is the second year in a row the Blugolds have finished fourth.
The top Blugold placement was Justin McAuly (Sr.-Clintonville) in second place. Wartburg College's Brian Borchers pinned McAuly in 2:16 to win the heavyweight title. McAuly beat Lakeland College's Adam Sutter in a 9-1 major decision to reach the championship match.
Eau Claire's Andy Johnston (Fr.-St. Cloud, MN/St. Cloud Tech) took fourth at 141 pounds after losing in a 5-2 minor decision to La Crosse's Mike Rohowetz. Johnston had beaten Rohowetz's teammate Kevin Barber in a 3-2 minor decision to advance to the third place match. Dave Vanevenhoven (Sr.-Appleton/Kaukauna) also took fourth. Another Eagle, Jay Milz, pinned him in 3:58. Vanevenhoven reached the 149-pound third place match after a 7-4 minor decision over Jacob Frias of Lakeland College.
Other than LeVesseur, there were a couple of other No. 1 wrestlers. Quincy Osborn of Augsburg won the 141 pound championship and fellow Auggie Jeremy Anderson won the 157 pound championship. Osborn pinned Johnston in 0:58 on his way to the top.
This is the last home meet for the team and the second-to-last event before the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships. Eau Claire will be in Steven's Point next Saturday for a dual meet before the big event.
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