LINCOLN, Neb. - For the first time in conference history, two were crowned as the Big 12 Wrestling Champions. Both Iowa State and Nebraska ended up with 70 team points to share the title, while Missouri (55) placed third followed by Oklahoma State (40) and Oklahoma (38.5).
Junior Craig Brester (Nebraska) was named the Big 12 Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet for his performance in the 197 division. In front of over 3,000 fans at the NU Coliseum, one of the most heated match-ups of the day came when ISU’s top-rated 197-pounder Jake Varner squared off with the Huskers Brester. After each recording a takedown and an escape during the first two periods, it was Brester who tallied the final point on an escape to seal the 4-3 win.
Finals action began with top-seeded Joey Fio (OU) taking a 5-3 decision over Tyler Clark (Iowa State) in the 125 pound weight class. This is the sophomore’s first Big 12 title after finishing third against Clark at last year’s championship. Nick Fanthorpe was the first Cyclone to win Big 12 gold on the day as he took his second-consecutive title at 133. After two takedowns and an escape, No. 7-ranked Fanthorpe defeated OSU’s Chris Notte 5-1.
Senior Marcus Hoehn (MU) earned his first league title after escaping OSU’s Chris Notte in overtime to win 2-1. He became the first 141-pounder from Mizzou to win his division in the history of the event. Kyle Terry was the next Sooner to take home a win as he also earned his first conference title with a 3-0 decision over ISU’s Mitch Mueller in the 149 bout. Junior Nick Marable gave the Tigers their next set of points after claiming his second-straight title at 165 with a 3-1 decision over ISU’s Jon Reader.
Moving up to the 157 weight class after winning the 149 title last year in Stillwater, NU’s Jordan Burroughs won his second conference championship after a 6-4 decision over MU’s Michael Chandler. Burroughs is the first Husker in conference history to win a Big 12 title through two different weight classes in consecutive seasons.
The No. 2-seed Brandon Browne (NU) garnered his second-straight title after edging MU’s top-seed Raymond Jordan in the 174 pound division. Jordan got on the board first with an escape in the second period, but Browne recovered with an escape in the the third and an eventual takedown to secure the 3-1 win. NU’s Vince Jones also repeated at 184 for his second league title, taking a 3-0 decision over Jerome Ward (ISU).
In the final match, the nation’s top-two ranked heavyweights David Zabriskie (ISU) and Mark Ellis (MU) went toe-to-toe. Ellis scored an escape to get on the board first in the second period, but Zabriskie recoverd in the third and knotched a takedown and an escape to cap the match 3-1. It was the Cyclone’s second-career title dating back to his freshman season when he defeated OSU’s Jared Rosholt in the finals.
125: No. 1 Joe Fio (OU) dec. No. 3 Tyler Clark (ISU); 5-3
133: No. 1 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) dec. No. 2 Chris Notte (OSU); 5-1
141: No. 1 Marcus Hoehn (MU) dec. No. 2 Nick Gallick (ISU); 2-1 SV
149: No. 1 Kyle Terry (OU) dec. No. 2 Mitch Mueller (ISU); 3-0
157: No. 1 Jordan Burroughs (NU) dec. No. 2 Michael Chandler (MU); 6-4
165: No. 1 Nick Marable (MU) dec. No. 3 Jon Reader (ISU); 3-1
174: No. 2 Brandon Browne (NU) def. No. 1 Raymond Jordan (MU); 3-1
184: No. 1 Vince Jones (NU) dec. No. 2 Jerome Ward (ISU); 3-0
197: No. 2 Craig Brester (NU) dec. No. 1 Jake Varner (ISU); 4-3
HWT: No. 1 David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. No. 2 Mark Ellis (MU); 3-1
1. Iowa State - 70
1. Nebraska - 70
3. Missouri - 55
4. Oklahoma State - 40
5. Oklahoma - 38.5
2009 Most Outstanding Wrestler: Craig Brester, Nebraska, 197
Attendance: 5, 717 - 2,644 (1st Session), 3, 073 (2nd Session)