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    UNO leads team race, sends seven to semifinals

    OMAHA, Neb. -- After the first day of the 2010 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, the top-ranked University of Nebraska at Omaha wrestling team owns a 24.5 point lead over second-place St. Cloud State in the team standings. Individually, seven UNO wrestlers advanced into tomorrow's semifinal round in front of 2,204 fans during Friday night's session two action inside Sapp Fieldhouse.

    Cody Garcia (133), Mario Morgan (141), Esai Dominguez (149), George Ivanov (157), Ryan Pankoke (165), Jacob Marrs (197) and Elijah Madison (285) all garnered All-American status by earning their way into tomorrow's semifinal round.

    Terrell McKinney (125) is also an All-American. The redshirt freshman won his first match in the consolation round over Alex Meger after losing a hard-fought match to Upper Iowa's Tyler Mumbulo 5-4 in the quarterfinals. He will face Minnesota State's Andy Forstner in the consolation round tomorrow.

    Garcia defeated Kyle Pedretti of Upper Iowa to move to 47-0 on the year. Garcia collected his second fall of the day, pinning Pedretti two minutes into the match. The four-time All-American will take on Gannon's Corey Bowers in the semifinals.

    At 141, Morgan picked up an 8-3 win over Adam Hluschak to move into the semis. The junior from Chicago has now won 28-straight matches and is a two-time All-American. Morgan will battle Central Missouri's Cory Bloodgood in the semis.

    Sophomore Esai Dominguez (149) scored a major decision over Derek Stolarzyk of Upper Iowa 17-6 to earn his way into the semis where he will face Augustana's Nate Herda.

    In one of the more entertaining matches of the evening, George Ivanov and Augustana's Marcus Edgington squared off in a rematch from February's dual. The two battled into the third period tied 1-1. With just a couple second left in the period, Ivanov scored a takedown as time expired to get the 3-1 win. The Council Bluffs, Iowa native will meet Fort Hays State's Danny Grater in the semis.

    Ryan Pankoke earned All-American honors for the first time in his career after edging FHSU's Blake Malloy, 3-2. The junior from Beaver Crossing, Neb., will meet UIU's Travis Eggers in the semis tomorrow.

    At 197, Jacob Marrs became a three-time All-American with his win by tech fall over Shane Nolan 15-0 at 5:30. Marrs will meet Augustana's Tyler Copsey in semis. Copsey defeated Marrs earlier this year 4-2 in sudden victory.

    Elijah Madison beat San Francisco State's Steve Franklin 7-2 to move into the semifinals where he will face Jake Kahnke of St. Cloud State.

    At 174, two-time All-American Aaron Denson's season came to an end with an 8-4 loss to Cody Rowell. Denson finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. Austin Boehm was also eliminated from the tournament after losing his second match of the day.

    Session III action will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

    Notes: Session one featured 2,030 fans, while session two had 2,204...Head coach Mike Denney has now coached 174 All-Americans at UNO in his 31 years...Garcia became UNO 11th four-time All-American in school history...McKinney, Ivanov, Pankoke and Madison all became first-time All-Americans...Marrs became UNO's 20th three-time All-American in school history.

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