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Johnston Competes at NCAA Wrestling Championship
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (UWECBlugolds.com) - Against two nationally ranked opponents, UW-Eau Claire wrestler Andy Johnston (Sr.-St. Cloud, Minn./Tech) fell twice on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship at the U.S. Cellular Center today.
Johnston, who wrestled at 149 pounds, opened the day against second-ranked and No. 2-seed Tony Valek of Augsburg College (Minn.). Johnston was unable to pick up any points as Valek went on to win by a major decision 8-0. Valek is 32-4 on the season and his four losses have only come against NCAA Division I and II opponents.
In the second match of the day, Johnston faced sixth-ranked and No. 7-seed Jacob Groth from Wartburg College (Iowa). Johnston came up just short, falling 5-2. Groth holds a 25-10 record this year.
Johnston finishes the season with a 27-11 record and his career with the Blugolds with a 98-47 mark. He did not advance to the final day of competition, which will start at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center tomorrow.
This was the 11th season in a row the Blugolds had an individual compete at nationals.