Flok, Sutter headed to nationals as five Lakeland wrestlers place at regionals
Athletics - posted on 2/21/2009
Senior Jonas Flok and junior Adam Sutter have qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament following their performances at Saturday's NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Concordia, Wis.
Flok and Sutter are the third and fourth wrestlers in school history to qualify for the national tournament, which will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on March 6.
Flok, an Egg Harbor native, finished 3-1 for the day, knocking off second-seeded Matt Baarson of St. John's, the nation's No. 6 wrestler at 157 pounds, by fall in the semifinals. The win was Flok's second of the season over Baarson, who he also beat on his way to a third-place finish last season.
"The match went right down to the wire, and Jonas pinned him at the last second," Lakeland coach Pete Rogers said. "Baarson is a stud, but I guess Jonas just has his number."
The third-seeded Flok barely missed out on the regional championship, falling in the finals 13-4 to Augsburg's Jason Adams, the bracket's No. 1 seed.
"He lost his match in the finals, but he can definitely wrestle with the guy," Rogers said. "Jonas had a heck of a day. He has worked so hard putting in extra time on the mat, so it was great to see it happen for him.
Junior Adam Sutter was selected as one of just six wild cards in the region to secure his bid to nationals, finishing third at 285 pounds. The Gladstone, Mich., native recovered from a 5-3 defeat to Elmhurst's Mark Corsello in the semifinals with a pair of victories.
"Sutter wrestled a great match against Corsello," Rogers said. "He took him down early, was so close to a near fall and had what I thought was another takedown later in the match. But tired a little bit after working so hard in the third period. He'll have another chance at the kid at nationals."
Rogers believes both Flok and Sutter have a chance to place high at nationals.
"These two have high personal goals," Rogers said. "The next step is to be an All-American. I am just so happy for these guys right now."
The regional featured six teams ranked in the top 30 of the Brute-Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) team rankings, including three in the top 10.
A total of five wrestlers placed in the top six for the No. 27 Lakeland wrestling team.
For the second consecutive year, senior David Copp (Oostburg) placed fifth. The 125-pounder was knocked out of the top bracket after being pinned by Seth Flodeen of Augsburg, who also defeated Copp last season. The seventh-seeded Copp recovered with an 11-3 major decision over No. 6 seed Jimmy Schoettle of Chicago.
With four wins in the tournament, Copp finished his career at Lakeland with 97 victories.
Senior Kory Thiel (141 pounds) and sophomore Isaac Roberson (149) each finished sixth in their respective weight classes.
"Kory and David are great athletes who have given so much to this program," Rogers said. "Even though they didn't make it to nationals, I am so proud of them and their accomplishments."
See below for complete Lakeland individual results.
125: David Copp 4-2 (5th place)
133: Rob Frias 2-2
141: Kory Thiel 3-3 (6th)
149: Isaac Roberson 2-3 (6th)
157: Jonas Flok 3-1 (2nd)
165: Jacob Frias 1-2
174: Ben Chapman 1-1
184: Andrew Aronstam 1-2
197: Everett Wood 0-2
285: Adam Sutter 3-2 (3rd)
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