NU grad splits matches |

NU grad splits matches

Wade Sauer, a 2004 Nevada Union graduate, split his first two matches at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Sauer, a sophomore this season for Cal State, Fullerton, edged Wisconsin’s Kyle Massey 5-4 in the first round of the heavyweight division.

He then lost to Oregon State’s Ty Watterson by a 5-2 score in the second round. Sauer had faced Watterson earlier this year and lost by a single point.

Sauer, who finished third in the Pac-10 championships in February, this morning will face the winner of Thursday night’s second round of the consolation bracket.

He’ll toe the line with either Levon Mock of Brown or Reece Hopkin of Northern Colorado. Mock lost to Aaron Anspach of Penn State 13-4 in the first round, while Hopkin fell to Edinboro’s Joe Fendone 5-0.

If Sauer wins his first match this morning, he’ll continue to climb through the consolation bracket with a second morning match and then, if he coninues to win, a pair of matches tonight.

A top-eight finish would earn Sauer All-American status.

Sauer won the 2004 California state championship in the heavyweight division during his senior season at Nevada Union.

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