EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Five University of Chicago wrestlers are through to the championship semifinals and two more are still alive in the consolation rounds after Day 1 of the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Regional held at UW-Eau Claire.
Top-seeded Maroons Cole Riemer (149 pounds) and Kyle Peisker (184 pounds) earned first-round byes and won their quarterfinal matches easily, with the rookie Reimer pinning (2:01) UW-Whitewater's Bernard Casella and Peisker, a junior, downing UW-Oshkosh's Colten Cashmore by an 11-1 major decision.
Senior Steve Bonsall (157), junior Kahlan Lee-Lermer (165) and first-year Ben Sarasin (174) were also perfect on the day, as all three won their first two matches to advance to Saturday's semis. Sarasin was particularly dominant, earning a pin in Round 1 before defeating his second-round opponent by a 15-5 major decision.
Junior Chaise Hauck bounced back from a first-round loss at 141 pounds to win his next two matches to stay in the hunt in the consolation round. He pinned his final opponent Friday, taking down UW-Eau Claire's Jake Drexler in 3:48.
Senior heavyweight Patrick Mulkerin also found some resolve after dropping his first match, coming back to defeat Augsburg's Ethan Hofacker in a 6-2 decision to advance to Saturday's third round of consolation.
"Our wrestlers were seeded to get four of them into the semifinals and we got five," Head Coach Leo Kocher said. "Chaise and Pat came through in the consolation bracket and will place somewhere in the Top 8. There is a lot of wrestling to do tomorrow -- and the emphasis is a Top 3 finish in a weight class in order to advance to the national championships."
Rookie David Traub, though eliminated in Friday's consolation round, did pick up one victory at 125, recording a pin (1:11) over St. Olaf's Shaymus Collins.
Competition continues Saturday at UWEC's McPhee Center. Wrestlers must finish in the top three places in order to earn a bid into the 2019 Division III National Championships, held March 8-9 in Roanoke, Va.
2019 Division III Upper Midwest Regional Results
Hosted by UW-Eau Claire | Day 1 Results
125-David Traub (1-2)
Rd 1: Zach McCullough (Elmhurst) def. David Traub (UC), fall 6:59
Consolation Rd 1: Traub def. Shaymus Collins (St. Olaf), fall 1:11
Consolation Rd 2: Marco Padilla (Concordia-Wisconsin) def. David Traub, 7-4 decision
141-Chaise Hauck (2-1)
Rd. 1: Hazen Rice (UWW) def. Chaise Hauck (UC), 5-0 decision
Consolation Rd 1: Hauck (UC) def. Yosep Lee (Wheaton), 16-4 major decision
Consolation Rd 2: Hauck def. Jake Drexler (UW-Eau Claire), fall, 3:48
157-Steve Bonsall (2-0)
Rd 1: Steve Bonsall (UC) def. Adam Jaeger (Concordia-Moorhead), 4-0 decision
Quarterfinals: Bonsall (UC) def. Luke Smiley (UW-Stevens Point), 8-2
Semifinals: Bonsall (UC) vs. Ryan Epps (Augsburg)
165- Kahlan Lee-Lermer (2-0)
Rd 1: Kahlan Lee-Lermer (UC) def. Alex Montbriand (Concordia-Wisconsin), 5-1 decision
Quarterfinals: Lee-Lermer (UC) def. Jonavan Huggins (Wheaton), 2-0
Semifinals: Lee-Lermer (UC) vs. Lucas Jeske (Augsburg)
174-Ben Sarasin (2-0)
Rd. 1: Ben Sarasin (UC) def. Iokepa Aken (Pacific), fall 4:01
Quarterfinals: Sarasin def. Jacob Scherber (St. John's), 15-5 major decision
Semifinals: Sarasin vs. Tanner Vassar (Augsburg)
184-Kyle Peisker (1-0)
Rd. 1: (1) Kyle Peisker (UC) first round bye
Quarterfinals: Peisker (UC) def. Colten Cashmore (UW-Oshkosh), 11-1 major decision
Semifinals: Peisker (UC) vs. Nick Stencel (UW-Whitewater)
285-Patrick Mulkerin (1-1)
Rd. 1: Patrick Mulkerin (UC) first-round bye
Quarterfinals: Jordan Lemcke (UW-Oshkosh) def. Patrick Mulkerin, 5-3 tiebreaker
Consolation Rd 2: Mulkerin def. Ethan Hofacker (Augsburg), 6-2 decision
Consolation Rd 3: Mulkerin vs. Nick Sundberg (UW-Whitewater)
- Saturday, Feb. 23: UChicago at NCAA Division III Regional (at UW-Eau Claire), 10 a.m. CT