Peacocks Ready for NCAA Super Region 3

By Howie Thompson, UIU Athletic Information

Jordan Gundrum

THIS WEEKEND IN PEACOCK WRESTLING... No. 6 Upper Iowa will travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to compete in the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament hosted by St. Cloud State University. The action will take place in Halenbeck Hall on SCSU's campus on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. Each of the 15 schools at the regional will enter a wrestler in each of the ten weight classes looking to punch their ticket to the NCAA Championships on Mar. 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

LIVE LINKS AND RESOURCES...

TICKETS... 
Per Session Price:
Adults $10
Students (K-College) $5
Children under 5 are FREE
Purchase tickets at scsutickets.com or call 1-877-SCSUTIX

All Session Pass (available at the gate only):
Adults $20
Students (K-College) $10
Children under 5 are FREE

**Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday with competition beginning at 10 a.m. and Saturday the gates will open at 10 a.m. and competition will begin at 11 a.m.

PEACOCKS IN THE RANKINGS... The final regular season NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 and Individual Rankings has been released and the Peacocks held tight to their No. 6 ranking. Upper Iowa is tied with the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in the poll. UIU boasts six wrestlers in the individual rankings including seniors Logan Hopp (No. 2 at 285) and Josh Walker (No. 4 at 133), as well as juniors Maleek Williams (No. 7 at 125)Damian Penichet (No. 12 at 149) and Jordan Gundrum (No. 7 at 174) and freshman Brock Benitz (No. 5 at 157).

UIU SUPER REGIONAL 3 LINEUP...

Weight Wrestler Year W L F TF MD
125 #7 Maleek Williams R-Jr. 23 7 8 1 2
133 #4 Josh Walker R-Sr. 28 6 8 5 5
141 Hunter Slifka R-So. 12 16 3 1 4
149 #12 Damian Penichet R-Jr. 22 9 10 2 3
157 #5 Brock Benitz R-Fr. 22 4 13 0 1
165 Tucker Black Jr. 21 15 2 2 5
174 #7 Jordan Gundrum Jr. 21 7 13 0 4
184 Dalton Hahn Fr. 22 13 2 1 5
197 Nick Baumler So. 27 8 2 1 8
HWT #2 Logan Hopp R-Sr. 8 1 1 2 1

PARTICIPATING TEAMS... No. 1 St. Cloud State, No. 6 Upper Iowa, No. 9 McKendree, No. 11 Minnesota State, No. 16 Lindenwood, No. 19 Maryville, UMary (RV), Augustana (RV), Minot State (RV), Northern State (RV), Central Missouri, Drury, MSU Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State and Truman State.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS... 

Friday, February 23
Session I
9:00 am - Doors open for spectators
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Championship Round 1
  • Wrestle-backs: first round

Session II
3:00 pm - Doors open for spectators
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Quarterfinal Round
  • Wrestle-backs: second round

Saturday, February 24
Session III
10:00 am - Doors open for spectators
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Semi-finals & Wrestle-backs: third round
  • Consolation matches

Session IV
3:00 pm - Doors open for spectators
4:00 pm

  • Place matches 1st, 3rd, 5th
  • True 4th matches

NEXT UP... Any wrestler at the NCAA Super Regional Tournaments this weekend that finishes in fourth place or better in their respective weight classes will earn a berth to the NCAA Division II Championships in two weeks. Upper Iowa is hosting this year's Championships at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Mar. 9-10.