Four place at Big 12 Championships
Dylan Gabel became the first Northern Colorado wrestler in program history to advance to the Big 12 finals following his wins on Saturday afternoon at the Big 12 Championships. Gabel has also automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri on March 16.
Northern Colorado had four other wrestlers compete over the weekend and they have all placed at the tournament. which is the most placers in program history.
Dylan Gabel (184) was the only Bear remaining in the championship bracket, and he wrestled late Sunday evening.  Rico Montoya,  Timmy Box, and  Keilan Torres are all in the consolation brackets.
Currently the Bears are in 8th place as a team, and have already set a new program record for most team points at the Big 12 Championships.
Dylan Gabel proved why he was the No. 2 seed at 184 lbs., with a 13-1 major decision over Lucas Lovvorn of Wyoming. Gabel took down Lovvorn within in thirty seconds, and immediately established dominance on top, nearly pinning Lovvorn twice.
Gabel advanced to the semifinals and faced No. 3 seed Martin Mueller of South Dakota State University. Gabel defeated Mueller 7-4 two months prior, when the Bears traveled to Brookings to take on the Jackrabbits.
“It is great to see Dylan Gabel become the first wrestler in program history to reach the Big 12 Conference finals, as well as qualify for his first NCAA Tournament,” said Head Coach Troy Nickerson. “It is great to have four placers at the Big 12 tournament for the first time and we will continue to build on this momentum. We have four guys still competing tomorrow, and we are excited to get back after it and attempt to make some runs in the consolation brackets.”
Redshirt Senior Timmy Box (141) came out fired up and won his quarterfinals match against No. 5 seed John Meeks of Iowa State. Box delivered a gritty performance, and grinded out a 3-1 decision over Meeks, to advance to the semifinals.
Box faced No. 1 ranked and returning 2016 NCAA Champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State in the semifinals. Heil won via fall over Box in 1:44.
No. 8 seed and No. 23 ranked Keilan Torres (165) was the second Bear to step on the mat this morning, but was the first to win, putting Northern Colorado on the board with three team points.
It was a rematch from three weeks ago, as Torres wrestled against Koy Wilkinson of Utah Valley. Once again, Torres made quick work of Wilkinson, pinning him in the first period for the second time in less than a month.
Torres advanced to the quarterfinals and faced No. 1 seed and No. 8 ranked Chandler Rogers of Oklahoma State. Despite riding a lot of momentum after the huge pin in the preliminary round, Torres lost via fall to Rogers in the first period.
In what was a thrilling and exciting match from both wrestlers, Torres defeated No. 5 seed Yoanse Meijas 3-1 in overtime. With some acrobatic displays of athleticism and a timely takedown, Torres pieced together a huge win in sudden victory to move on to the consolation semifinals.
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