UVU will now send a program best four wrestlers to next week's NCAA Championships.
At Utah Valley University ... SOPHOMORE ~ (2013-14): 10-5 overall record (6-2 duals) ... NCAA qualifier ... named Second Team All-WWC after placing second in his weight class with a 4-1 record at the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships ... finished his second trip to Nationals with a 0-2 record ... was nationally ranked for the majority of the season ... went a perfect 3-0 at the Eastern Michigan Duals ... recorded UVU's fastest fall of the season by pinning SDSU's Ben Gillette in just 45 seconds at the NCAA West Regional ... posted a five-match win streak on the season ... tied for the team lead with four major decisions ... won four bouts by major decision, two by fall and three by decision.
FRESHMAN ~ (2012-13): 21-10 overall record (6-1 duals) ... NCAA qualifier and became UVU's first-ever freshman to wrestle at the NCAA Championships ... went 1-2 at his first trip to Nationals with a pin (1:49) over Indiana's Joseph Duca and losses Illinois' Jesse Delgado (the National Champ) and Michigan's Sean Boyle ... placed fourth at the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships and had to win a true fourth place bout over South Dakota State's Aaron Pickrel to get an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... placed eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with a 3-3 record ... placed third at both the Cowboy Open on Nov. 3 and the Wolfpack Open in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 11 with identical 4-1 records ... went 3-0 in WWC duals and 6-1 vs. WWC competitors on the season ... ranked 16th in the final InterMat poll, 13th on the final RPI and 20th on the final Coaches' Panel Ranking ... led the team with nine pins and second on the roster with 21 victories ... also won one bout by major decision and 11 by decision.
REDSHIRT ~ (2011-12): Redshirted the season and went 15-4 while competing unattached at 125 pounds.
Before Utah Valley ...
Prepped at Broadwater High School in Townsend, Mont. ... was a four-time State Champion and went a perfect 175-0 during his high school career ... a Junior National Triple Crown Winner and a Pan-American Games Champion ... helped his team place second in state in 2011 ... also played football for a year at Broadwater.
Graduated from Broadwater HS in 2011 with a 3.1 GPA ... born Dec. 26, 1992 in Helena, Mont. ... plans on majoring in Elementary Education at UVU ... participated in the Cobra Wrestling Club during high school ... also recruited by Minnesota, Arizona State and Oregon State ... his twin brother Val also wrestles at UVU ... parents are Kurt and Tiffany Rauser.