NCAA wrestling championships, Day 2: Two UVU grapplers eliminated

By Scott Schulte

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, March 21 2014 2:50 p.m. MDT

Penn State's Matt Brown maneuvers above Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman in a 174-pound match in the second round of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 20, 2014. Brown won the match.

Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Some tournaments just don’t go the way you’d like. For Utah Valley University head coach Greg Williams, the 2014 NCAA national wrestling tournament is one he may want to forget about.

The four UVU wrestlers who qualified for wrestling’s biggest stage were all eliminated by the end of the first session of the second day of the three-day tournament. “It’s obviously a disappointment that we didn’t perform better,” Williams said. “We felt we had two of our four with a real good shot of placing in the top eight and getting on the podium.

"That didn’t happen and it hurts.”

Williams did remain philosophical about his team’s rough weekend. “This is a great tournament with a lot of great wrestlers,” Williams said. “So I will encourage our guys to keep their heads up and use this as a learning experience.

“I hope we will be better wrestlers for having competed here.”

The four national qualifers for UVU included Jade Rauser, Avery Garner, Abner Cook and Adam Fager.

Iowa’s Ethen Lofthouse (Avon, Cache Valley) was also knocked out of the tournament on Friday morning.

The Beehive State’s lone competitor is Matt Brown of Penn State (West Valley City).

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