Roberson earns at-large bid to Nationals, Lakeland places ninth
Athletics - posted on 2/26/2011
The Lakeland College wrestling team took ninth place as they hosted the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Saturday at the Todd Wehr Center Fieldhouse.
Senior Issac Roberson (Chicago, Ill) led the Muskies with an at-large bid to Nationals. The 157-pound grappler took third and broke the All-time Takedown Record on a prolific day. Roberson makes his first trip to Nationals on March 11-12 in La Crosse, Wis., and becomes the fifth-straight Muskie to earn the feat.
The No. 3 seed ended the day 3-1. In the first round he earned the 17-9 major decision over Tom Jung of Elmhurst College. In the second round and in the third-place match, he beat Drew Larson of St. Johns, 6-5 and 2-1, respectively. His only loss came to the No. 2 seed, Justin Berns of Concordia College- Moorhead in the championship semi-finals.
"Isaac wrestled his tail off today," said Lakeland assistant coach Jake Frias. "He faced a lot adversity and lost to the No. 2 wrestler by two points. He wrestled his way back and remained mentally tough to take third place."
Sophomore Ryan Renon also led the Muskies. The Wrightstown, Wis., native took fourth-place as he earned a first round bye and upset the No. 2 seed, Brandon Bahr of Augsburg, 8-6 in the second round. Renon lost 9-7 to Jordan Waples of St. Olaf, the eventual second place finisher. In the third-place match, Renon suffered a 6-3 setback to Jordan Graham of Augustana.
"Renon works hard and his match was emotional" said Frias. "He was just short of the top three, but with his work ethic and attitude he'll work hard in the off season and come back hungry next season."
Freshman Grant Franson wrestled at 125 and claimed a key victory over No. 8 Sam Deligio of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Franson lost to Deligio a few times earlier in the season, but got the upper hand today, earning the 9-7 decision.
"Grant wrestled the best he's wrestled all year," said Frias. "Beating a guy he's lost to a couple of times earlier in the season says a lot about the wrestler he has become."
At the 141-pound weight class was junior Robby Frias who came only a match away from placing. The No. 7 seed earned a technical fall over Jason LaFavor of Knox College 24-9, but lost to No. 2 Chris Sandy of St. Johns, who won the 141-pound championship. Frias also earned the 9-8 decision against Joseph Ruetttiger of St. Olaf.
Freshman Jacob Bugajski was also one match away from placing at the 149-pound division. The grappler earned an 8-5 decision over Jacob Long of CCM in round one. In the consolation bracket, Bugajski got the 8-5 decision of Devin Silva of Pacific, but lost to the eventual third-place winner.
Junior Miguel Luis competed at 174. The Oak Lawn, Wis., native pinned Peter Thompson of Maranatha Baptist in one minute, 35 seconds. Luis lost to the eventual 174-pound champion in the second round, but went on to earn a victory over Caleb Malycheaski of Pacific, 5-2.
Wrestling two weight classes up again was senior Nick Kusta. The 184-pound grappler lost in the first-round, but pinned Michael Crane of MBBC in one minutes, 10 seconds in the consolation bracket.
"Nick stepped up for us and earned a huge victory for the team," said Frias.
Freshman Tom Phalin represented Lakeland at the 285-pound weight class. Phalin wrestled tough, but couldn't claim a victory in a highly-competitive weight class.
Lakeland returns to action as Roberson heads to Nationals on March 11-12, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.
Share This Story Help
Lakeland offers links to several popular social bookmarking services. These links help you share stories with other people or create bookmarks for future reference. The services are free, but they require a personal account. Click for more information on social bookmarking
<< Return to News