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Upper Iowa’s Edwin Cooper named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

Edwin Cooper. Photo by UIU Athletics.

Edwin Cooper. Photo by UIU Athletics.

By Zach Carlyle
Upper Iowa University

The Northern Sun Conference handed out their wrestler of the week award and 149-pounder Edwin Cooper was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week for the first time this year. The honor is the sixth award for Upper Iowa this year.

Cooper went 4-0 and scored 29.5 points thanks to four bonus-point victories in his debut for the Peacocks at the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa. The transfer earned wins by fall in his first two matches, a technical fall victory (17-2) in the semis and then defeated Kyle Williams of McKendree by fall just 1:42 seconds into the match. His three wins by fall came in a total time of 7:46 (4:04, 2:00, 1:42).

The #7 Peacock wrestling team opened their 2013-14 season at the Loras Open. The event featured 345 wrestlers and included schools like NCAA DI’s Illinois, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin as well as the NAIA’s #1 in Grandview. Upper Iowa sent 14 wrestlers down in Upper Iowa singlets to compete; all 14 attached wrestlers competed in the Gold Brackets. As a group, the Peacocks claimed two individual titles in the Gold Brackets and added a fourth place, two fifth places and a seventh place finish.

Leading the way for UIU was Cooper and senior Carl Broghammer. Broghammer was impressive going 3-0 in his run. The two-time NCAA third-place finisher picked up a pair of wins by fall (1:40, 4:23) to reach the finals. Broghammer won the title thanks to an 8-3 decision over Ricky Robertson of the University of Wisconsin.

The Peacocks will return to the mat this Thursday with a home dual against Waldorf College in Dorman Gym. The Peacocks and Warriors are set to start wrestling at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.

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