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Johnson would fall to MBU’s Andrew Mahone in the first round by fall. After entering the bottom side of the bracket Johnson would suffer a loss by major decision 16-8 to Ken Burkhardt Jr. from CUNE.
Johnson was the Crimson Wave’s lone wrestler at this years 2015 NAIA Wrestling Championships.
Eric was 4-2 in his matches Saturday with both losses coming from the same opponent, Indiana Tech's Brandon Sunday. His record for the season now stands at 18-3.
Junior Tyler McCoy also turned in a solid performance and was 2-2 on the day but fell just 1 win short of placing at 174lbs. Additionally Ramiro Rojas, Tim Miller, Tony Vasquez, Louis Escobedo, and Scott Pitrowski, all picked up victories representing CCSJ during the tournament but did not place.
Johnson, currently ranked sixth at 197, will be looking to earn his third All-American honor for the Crimson Wave at the NAIA National Tournament.
"This was a disappointing finish for us but we all competed hard today. Especially Eric, he is good enough to beat anyone in the country so we're going to move on and put all our focus into helping him bring home a National Championship." Said Head Coach Ryan Rivera
The event will take place in Topeka, KS on March 7th and 8th.
The bout started at the 125lb class with a double forfeit before Louis Escobedo lost a 10-6 decision at 133lbs. The Crimson Wave quickly rebounded with two wins as Rob Chicvara picked up a forfeit at 141lb and Tony Vasquez added a 5-0 decision at 149lb. Unfortunately the next two matches were both losses and Edmundo Llanes fell by pin with Ramiro Rojas losing a 5-3 decision at 157lb and 165lb respectively.
The 174lb was another double forfeit followed by a lost decision for Tyler McCoy at 184lbs.
Junior Tim Miller was able to put the Crimson Wave back in position to win by notching a crucial pin at 197lbs. That put the match tied at 15 for the team score with Scott Pitrowski left to battle for final weight class. Pitrowski lost a hard fought 5-3 decision to close out the match at 15-18.
"We moved some guys around to get match-ups and it didn't work out this time, but our attitude and effort were great throughout the match so I believe we will be confident heading into the post season," said Head Coach Ryan Rivera.
The men will be off until Feb 21st when they travel to Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, IN for the NAIA east Regional Qualifier.