Sauer earns All-American status as college wrestler
Nevada Union graduate Wade Sauer, class of 2004, said before the 2007 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that he’s been training all season for this tournament and his mission is to place in the top eight.
After going 1-1 on Thursday and dropping into the consolation round, Cal State, Fullerton’s Sauer returned to action Friday with a vengeance, winning four straight matches. Sauer now finds himself in the consolation bracket semifinals today. The highest Sauer can place is third, but the lowest he can finish is sixth.
A top-eight finish makes Sauer – wrestling as a sophomore heavyweight – an All-American and earns him a medal.
Sauer found himself starting Friday morning in the third round of the consolation bracket against the University of Northern Colorado’s Reece Hopkin. Sauer came away with the 9-1 win to start the day.
In round four, Sauer downed Cal Poly’s Cody Parker, 14-9, followed by a round five win over West Virginia’s Dustin Rogers, 9-2.
With the win over Rogers, Sauer earned All-American status. Even if he had lost his next two matches, he’d have finished eighth.
However, Sauer wasn’t done. He returned to the mat one last time Friday night and triumphed 7-4 over Sacred Heart’s Payam Zarrinpour, vaulting Sauer into the consolation semifinals. Two more wins and Sauer places third.
Meanwhile, Sauer has an opportunity to avenge two losses earlier this season. In his first match today, Sauer will face off with nemesis Ty Watterson from Oregon State. Sauer said he lost to Watterson by one point earlier this season. Watterson is also the wrestler who sent Sauer into the consolation bracket on Thursday with a 5-2 win.
Watterson lost 2-1 in the championship semifinals Friday night to No. 1 seed Cole Konrad from Minnesota, whose team also happens to be leading in the overall point standings for the tournament.
Sauer won the 2004 California high school state championship in the heavyweight division during his senior season at Nevada Union.
For more information on the championships, visit the Web site http://www.ncaasports.com/wrestling/mens.
To contact Sports Writer Ross Maak, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4244.
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