UNC Bears Wrestlers Continue to Make History06 Mar 2017
Nick Alspaugh, UNCBears.com
TULSA, Okla. – The historic year for Head Coach Troy Nickerson and Northern Colorado wrestling rolls on, as the Bears qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Tournament this weekend at the Big 12 Wrestling Championships.
This will be the most wrestlers Northern Colorado has ever qualified in a season for the NCAA Tournament since the 2007 season, when they qualified five.
Northern Colorado will be sending  Rico Montoya,  Timmy Box,  Keilan Torres, and  Dylan Gabel to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Missouri in two weeks.
In addition, the Bears also placed four wrestlers at the Big 12 Championships this weekend, which set a new program record.
The Bears four NCAA Tournament Qualifiers was tied for the fourth most in the entire Big 12 Conference. Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota State all qualified four wrestlers, while Oklahoma qualified seven, and Oklahoma State will send all 10 starters.
Dylan Gabel became the first wrestler in Northern Colorado history to reach the Big 12 finals at any weight for the Bears.
Dylan Gabel placed 2nd at 184 lbs., after a tough 15-4 loss against No.1 seed and No. 4 ranked Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State).
With the second place finish, Gabel becomes the highest placer in Northern Colorado history in the Big 12 Conference.
In reaching the finals, Gabel automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament.