Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NCAA Wrestling Champs 2009

The Iowa Hawkeyes captured another NCAA wrestling title, edging out Ohio State. Some of these elite athletes will venture to MMA. Darrion Caldwell's run in the NCAA tournament earned him Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament honors.

Many of these elite athletes will try to continue a path of amateur wrestling, but some will come to mixed martial arts. Strength, conditioning, mental toughness, the ability to cut weight and quickness are all traits of most high level wrestlers. The biggest skill that transfers to MMA is the ability to take someone down and defend the take down.

2009 NCAA Champs and Runner-Ups

125- Troy Nickerson (Cornell) def Paul Donohoe (Edinboro) 4-2
133- Franklin Gomez (Michigan St) def Reece Humphrey (Ohio St) 5-4
141- J Jaggers (Ohio State) def Ryan Williams (Old Dominion) 10-4
149- Darrion Caldwell (NC State) def Brent Metcalf (Iowa) 11-6
157- Jordan Burroughs (Nebraska) def Mike Poeta (Illinois) 5-1
165- Jarrod King (Edinboro) def Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) 3-2
174- Steve Luke (Michigan) def Mike Miller (Central Michigan) 8-4
184- Jake Herbert (Northwestern) def Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) 6-3
197- Jake Varner (Iowa State) def Craig Brester (Nebraska) 2-1
HWT- Mark Ellis (Missouri) def Konrad Duziak (Duke) 3-2

Final Team Standings:
1. Iowa -- 96.5 points
2. Ohio State -- 92 points
3. Iowa State -- 84.5 points
4. Nebraska -- 78.5 points
5. Cornell -- 73.5 points

hawkeye Pictures, Images and Photos

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