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    Photo: Tony Rotundo

    Ten Years of: Northern Colorado Wrestling (2013-22)

    2022 Big 12 champion Andrew Alirez (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Northern Colorado!
    NCAA Qualifiers (27)

    2022


    #30 Jace Koelzer (125 lbs); #5 Andrew Alirez (141 lbs); #27 Alan Clothier (197 lbs)


    2021

    #15 Mosha Schwartz (133 lbs); Andrew Alirez (149 lbs); #13 Jackson Hemauer (174 lbs); #18 Alan Clothier (184 lbs)


    2020

    #15 Mosha Schwartz (133 lbs); #14 Andrew Alirez (149 lbs); #27 Alan Clothier (184 lbs); #25 Jacob Seely (197 lbs); #16 Dalton Robertson (285 lbs)


    2019

    #24 Rico Montoya (125 lbs); #32 Chris Sandoval (141 lbs); #30 Jacob Seely (197 lbs)


    2018

    Rico Montoya (133 lbs); Keilan Torres (165 lbs); Dylan Gabel (184 lbs); Jacob Seely (197 lbs)


    2017

    Rico Montoya (133 lbs); Timmy Box (141 lbs); Keilan Torres (165 lbs); Dylan Gabel (184 lbs)


    2016

    Trent Noon (197 lbs)

    2015

    Trey Andrews (125 lbs); Mitchell Polkowske (165 lbs); Trent Noon (197 lbs)


    NCAA Champions

    None


    NCAA All-Americans

    None


    NWCA All-Americans

    Mosha Schwartz (133 - Honorable Mention)

    Andrew Alirez (149 - Honorable Mention)

    Dalton Robertson (285 - Honorable Mention)


    NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

    Andrew Alirez (2022 - 141)


    Conference Champions

    Big 12


    2022: Andrew Alirez (141 lbs)

    West Region/WWC

    2015: Mitch Polkowske (165 lbs)


    Dual Record

    2021-22: 6-6

    2021: 4-2

    2019-20: 3-8

    2018-19: 4-10

    2017-18: 3-10

    2016-17: 2-10

    2015-16: 4-7

    2014-15: 5-6

    2013-14: 4-10-1

    2012-13: 1-10


    Conference Tournament Placement

    2021-22: 11th

    2021: 7th

    2019-20: 8th

    2018-19: 12th

    2017-18: 10th

    2016-17: 8th

    2015-16: 10th

    West Region/WWC

    2014-15: 5th

    2013-14: 6th


    NCAA Tournament Team Placement

    2021-22: 44th-tie

    2021: 48th-tie

    2019-20: No Tournament

    2018-19: 49th-tie

    2017-18: 38th-tie

    2016-17: 47th-tie

    2015-16: 72nd

    2014-15: 46th-tie

    2013-14: No Qualifiers


    Head Coaching History

    Troy Nickerson (2014-Present)

    Ben Cherrington (2009-14)


    Best Lineup (comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

    125 - Rico Montoya: 3x NCAA Qualifier

    133 - Mosha Schwartz: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#15 seed x2), 2020 Big 12 runner-up, 2020 NWCA Honorable Mention All-American

    141 - Timmy Box: 2017 NCAA Qualifier

    149 - Andrew Alirez: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#5 and #14 seeds), 2022 Big 12 champion, 2022 NCAA Round of 12 finisher, 2020 NWCA Honorable Mention All-American

    157 - Eleazar Deluca: 2016 Big 12 fourth place (17-6 record)

    165 - Mitchell Polkowske: 2015 NCAA Qualifier, 2015 West Regional Champion

    174 - Jackson Hemauer: 2021 NCAA Qualifier, 2021 Big 12 runner-up

    184 - Dylan Gabel: 2x NCAA Qualifier, 2x Big 12 runner-up

    197 - Alan Clothier: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#18 seed)

    285 - Dalton Robertson: 2020 NCAA Qualifier (#16 seed), 2020 NWCA Honorable Mention All-American


    Recruiting

    Number of Big Boarder's Per Year


    2022: #83 Derek Matthews (ID); #97 Quentin Saunders (KS); #135 Andrew Blackburn-Forst (IL); #141 Brady Hankin (CO)

    2021: #25 Ben Alanis (AZ); #89 Xavier Doolin (MO); #107 Branson Britten (TX); #202 Rudy Lopez (CO); #236 Franklin Cruz (CO); #290 Kenny Sailas (CO)

    2020: #166 Daemyen Middlebrooks (IL)

    2019: #2 Andrew Alirez (CO); #45 Mosha Schwartz (CO); #51 Theorius Robison (CO)

    2017: #93 Chris Sandoval (CO)

    2016: #144 Robert Winters (VA)

    2015: #82 Rico Montoya (NM); #94 Jacob Seely (CO); #138 Sean Cannon (NV)

    For past teams:

    Air Force

    American

    Appalachian State

    Arizona State

    Army West Point

    Binghamton

    Bloomsburg

    Brown

    Bucknell

    Buffalo

    Cal Poly

    Campbell

    Central Michigan

    Chattanooga

    Clarion

    Cleveland State

    Columbia

    Cornell

    CSU Bakersfield

    Davidson

    Drexel

    Duke

    Edinboro

    Franklin & Marshall

    Gardner-Webb

    George Mason

    Harvard

    Hofstra

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Iowa State

    Kent State

    Lehigh

    Lock Haven

    Maryland

    Michigan

    Michigan State

    Minnesota

    Missouri

    Navy

    NC State

    Nebraska

    North Carolina

    North Dakota State

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