Colon earns top seed at NCAA tournament

UNI’s Joe Colon earned a top seed at the NCAA wrestling tournament, while four other Panthers were seeded in the top 15.

The NCAA announced the 330 student-athletes, including 45 at-large selections, for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, to be held March 20-22, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Seven Panthers are headed to the NCAA tournament, which is the most since 2007-08 when nine qualified.

Number one rated Colon, who was a former Clear Lake High School wrestling standout, will wrestle at 133 pounds. Colon (30-1) will face Vincent Dellafave (13-10), of Rutgers.  Dellafave earned an at-large bid.  Colon beat Dellafave in a 1-0 decision in the third round of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite.  Colon has won his last 20 matches.  Colon is first for career winning percentage (.919/57-5) and first for single season winning percentage (.968/30-1).

UNI has the only undefeated wrestling team in Division I.  

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