November 15, 2004

Northern Colorado Wrestling Announces Early Signing

GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado head wrestling coach Jack Maughan announced the signing of Greeley Central standout wrestler Tony Mustari to a National Letter-of-Intent to grapple for the Bears beginning in 2005-06.

Mustari has tallied one of the finest wrestling careers the state of Colorado has ever seen. He is a six-time Greco-Roman and Freestyle All-American, which includes a freestyle national championship in 2003.

He is a two-time state champion at 112 pounds and has a chance to become the first-ever three-time state champion in Greeley high school history. He has won 62 consecutive high school matches and has won 82 of his last 83 total matches. Mustari's career prep record stands at 118-11 going into his final season. Mustari could challenge the state record of 154 wins this season.

He is a senior mentor at Greeley Central High School and served on the Greeley Central Principal's Council in 2003. Mustari is a member of National Honor Society and ranks No. 30 in a class of 257 with a cumulative 3.70 grade point average.

Mustari is ranked No. 3 in the nation by the Amateur Wrestling News in their preseason poll. He ranks No. 5 in the nation in the National Wrestling Coaches Assocation preseason poll.

"We are happy that Tony has chosen our University and our program," Maughan said. "After this season, he may be the most accomplished high school wrestler in Colorado history. We look forward to working with him to achieve his goals and our program's goals. Plain and simple - if the University of Northern Colorado is not Division I, we don't sign Tony Mustari."

The Bears are currently in the second-year of a four-year transition from Division II to Division I. In August the Bears applied to move two sports wrestling and volleyball up to Division I a year early. As a result of the application, UNC will be eligible for Division I postseason on the 2006-07 year.

Tony Mustari