March 02, 2012
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In championship bracket action, four wrestlers will make their second-consecutive trip to the national semifinals, while four others advanced in 2010. Additionally, 11 returning All-Americans have secured the honor once again. A trio of grapplers became three-time All-Americans by winning their way into Friday’s semifinals: Mitchell Lofstedt of Southern Oregon at 125 pounds, Great Falls’ Myles Mazurkiewicz at 141 and Campbellsville 197-pounder Spencer Adams.
Mitchell Lofstedt pinned his way into a third appearance in the semifinals by sticking Bryden Lazaro of Dickinson State (N.D.) in 2:01. The Southern Oregon 125-pounder has 24 pins to his credit and is currently riding a nine match winning streak, eight of which have come by fall. In the semifinals, Lofstedt (37-2) is set to square off against Missouri Baptist’s Deteoreious Prayther. The junior Spartan posted a 15-7 major decision over Kidd Gomez of Oklahoma City, his second bonus point victory in Des Moines.
Quarterfinal victories by reigning champ Anthony Varnell and Myles Mazurkiewicz have set the stage for a Great Falls showdown at 141 pounds. Varnell pushed his senior campaign record to 27-3 with a 16-4 major decision of Baker’s (Kan.) Joel Olivas. His counterpart, and two-time All-American, Mazurkiewicz, used a 5-3 decision to get past Gustavo Martinez of Grand View.
Three seconds of riding time in the second tiebreaker lifted Campbellsville junior Allen Scruggs past defending 184-pound national champion Evan Hinebauch of Montana State-Northern via 4-3 decision. The pair exchanged escapes during regulation and in each the first and second tiebreaker, deadlocking the bout at 3-3, with riding time serving as the deciding factor in Scruggs favor. He will meet Southern Oregon All-American Derrick Rottenberg in the semifinals. Rottenberg, who took sixth a year ago after suffering a semifinal loss, defeated Jarid Price of Baker with a 4-3 decision in quarterfinal action.
The fourth session of the 55th annual event will start Friday at 6 p.m. CST. Championship semifinals will be contested, along with two rounds of consolation bracket action.