The Upper Iowa wrestling program took 15 wrestlers to Reno, Nevada for a one-day tournament on Sunday. The event wasn’t just any old tourney though… the Reno Tournament of Champions has been dubbed the “Toughest Tournament in the Country” and Upper Iowa had a big day on the mat. Redshirt senior Carl Broghammer led the team to a seventh place finish in the field of 25 teams with an appearance in the championship semifinals.
Upper Iowa, who is currently ranked #13 in NCAA Division II, scored 48.5 points to top NCAA Division I powers #24 Oregon State (47 pts), and #18 Stanford (35.5).
Nebraska (#8 NCAA DI) claimed the team title with 159 points,
Broghammer (#2 NCAA) went 3-1 on the day and placed sixth scoring 11 points for the Peacocks. The 197-pounder opened his day with a pair of wins by fall; the first came in the second period (4:07) over an unattached wrestler and the second came over Alan Yen of Stanford in just 1:16. In the quarterfinals, Broghammer won an 8-6 decision over Aaron Studebaker of Nebraksa to earn his shot at the semifinals. In the semis, he was called for a stall late in the match and lost a 2-1 decision to Austin Schaffer of Oklahoma State. After the loss, Broghammer injury defaulted out of the last two matches on his slate to place sixth.