UW-Oshkosh's Mark Choinski will have an opportunity to earn a third All-America award following his third-place finish in the 165-pound weight class at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Upper Midwest Wrestling Regional held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 22-23) in Eau Claire.
Choinski, a senior, won four of five matches during the regional to raise his season record to 32-3 (12 pins) and career mark to 97-18 (30 pins). His regional victories, all by fall, included a pin in 6:03 of UW-La Crosse's Jackson Schoen in their third-place match.
The top three finishers in each of the 10 regional weight classes received berths into the NCAA Division III Championship that will be held March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.
Choinski began his regional competition with pins of Elmhurst College's (Ill.) Howie Olson and UW-Stevens Point's Jordan Weinzetl in 2:31 and 6:37, respectively. Choinski then lost a 14-6 decision to UW-Whitewater's Nicholas Bonomo before winning by fall in 4:26 over Concordia College's (Minn.) Travis Deegan.
Choinski's third-place victory gained a little revenge back as Schoen won by fall in 3:15 over him during their title bout at the WIAC Championship held Feb. 8.
UW-Oshkosh had five other place winners at this year's Upper Midwest Regional – fourth-place Beau Yineman at 197 pounds; fifth-place Jordan Lemcke and AJ Schoenfuss at 285 and 125, respectively; seventh-place Colten Cashmore at 184; and eighth-place Corey Knudsen at 149.
Like Choinski, Yineman and Lemcke also advanced to the semifinals before suffering their first regional defeat.
Yineman opened with a fall of Pacific University's (Ore.) Ian Morford in 2:15 and a 14-2 win over UW-Eau Claire's James Huntley. He then lost a 9-3 decision to UW-Whitewater's Riley Kauzlaric and recorded a 3-1 sudden-victory over UW-Stevens Point's Jerry Lipke. Yineman lost his third-place match by a 6-0 score to Luke Dodd of Saint John's University (Minn.).
Lemcke began his schedule with a 4-1 win over Elmhurst College's (Ill.) Karim Fuentes and a 5-2 tie-breaking victory over University of Chicago's (Ill.,) Patrick Mulkerin. He then lost results of 15-0 to eventual champion Konrad Ernst of UW-La Crosse and 3-2 to Noah Carter of Concordia College before edging Mulkerin, 11-10, in their fifth-place match.
Schoenfuss needed to wrestle six times for his finish. He defeated Joshua Clark of Saint John's University, 18-0, in his opener before losing a 6-4 decision to Jake Nohre of Concordia College. Schoenfuss bounced back from his setback with a 9-7 win over Pacific University's Landon Obra-Nakata and a fall of Elmhurst College's Zach McCullough in 3:31 before losing a 7-3 verdict to UW-La Crosse's Sawyer Sarbacker. Schoenfuss took fifth-place with his pin of Wheaton College's Carlos Fuentez in 1:18.
Cashmore answered an 11-1 loss to University of Chicago's Kyle Peisker in his opener with two wins in his next three bouts. He edged Milwaukee School of Engineering's Ryan Snyder, 4-3, lost a 3-0 score to UW-Platteville's Grant Wedepohl and took seventh place on a medical forfeit issued by Elmhurst College's Mark Miller.
Knudsen won two of his first three bouts before losing consecutive falls to UW-Stevens Point's Alex Heiden in 3:44 and UW-Eau Claire's David Dudych in 1:41. Knudsen opened with a 17-2 win over Wheaton College's Andrew Harrell, a 13-4 loss to UW-La Crosse's Logan Schlough and a 16-3 triumph over Milwaukee School of Engineering's Jack Rathburn.
Defending champion Augsburg University (Minn.) won the 17-team regional with 191 points. The 12-time national champion Auggies were followed by second-place UW-La Crosse with 151 points, third-place UW-Whitewater with 146, fourth-place UW-Stevens Point with 985, fifth-place University of Chicago with 90 and sixth-place UW-Oshkosh with 81. The Titans finished ninth at last year's regional with 53.5 points.
UW-Oshkosh and its WIAC colleagues will send 14 wrestlers to this year's NCAA Championship, including regional champions Mike Tortorice (125 pounds), Hazen Rice (133) and Nick Stencel (184) from UW-Whitewater and Ernst (285) from UW-La Crosse.