Eric

Montoya

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Weight: 133
Year: Senior
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
High School: Campbell/Volcano Vista
Major: Management

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Two-Time NCAA All-American (5th, 133, 2016; 6th, 133, 2017)
  • Four-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier (2013 at Campbell; 2015, 2016, 2017 at Nebraska)
  • Nebraska Redshirt of the Year (2013-14)
  • Two-Time NWCA All-Academic Team (2016, 2017)
  • Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014, 2016; Spring 2015, 2017)

2016-17 (Senior)
NCAA Championships – 6th (4-3) – 133 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Mark Grey (Cornell) by decision, 6-1
  • Second Round: Defeated #10 John Erneste (Missouri) by major decision, 14-2
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) by major decision, 1-11
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Defeated Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers) by decision, 8-5
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated #9 Scotty Parker (Lehigh) by decision, 7-1
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to #1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) by decision, 4-1
  • Fifth-Place Match: Lost to #3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) by decision, 5-3

Big Ten Championships – 5th (3-2) – 133 pounds

  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #16 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) by major decision, 3-11
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated Luke Welch (Purdue) by decision, 6-2
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated Austin Eicher (Michigan State) by injury default, 1:19
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to #7 Stevan Micic (Michigan) by decision, 7-8
  • Fifth-Place Match: Defeated #16 Mitch McKee (Minnesota) by decision, 5-3

Regular Season

  • 30-7 record overall (14-2 in duals)
  • Bonus points: four technical falls and five major decisions
  • Won Harold Nichols Cyclone Open title (Nov. 13)
  • Won Midlands Championships title (Dec. 29-30)
  • Tied for most dual wins among Husker starters (14)
  • Earned his 100th career victory on Jan. 8 (including results from his freshman year at Campbell)

2015-16 (Junior)
NCAA Championships - 5th (5-2) - 133 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Zachary Davis (Navy) by major decision, 19-6
  • Second Round: Defeated #10 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio St.) by decision, 2-0
  • Quarterfinals: Lost to #2 Cory Clark (Iowa) by decision, 0-4
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Defeated #12 Ryan Taylor (Wisconsin) by pin, 3:23
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Defeated Jade Rauser (Utah Valley) by decision, 9-6
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to #4 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) by decision, 3-9
  • Fifth-Place Match: Defeated #5 Jordan Conaway (Penn St.) by decision, 7-4

Big Ten Championships - 5th (3-2) - 133 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Garth Yenter (Michigan State) by technical fall, 15-0
  • Quarterfinals: Defeated #12 Geoff Alexander (Maryland) by decision, 6-3
  • Semifinals: Lost to #2 Zane Richards (Illinois) by decision, 1-5
  • Cons. Semifinals: Lost to #5 Jordan Conaway (Penn State) by decision, 4-6
  • Fifth-Place Match: Defeated Anthony Giraldo (Rutgers) by decision, 7-3

Regular Season - 133 pounds

  • 29-10 record overall (9-5 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: three pins, one technical fall and seven major decisions
  • Finished third at the Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30)
  • Won the Daktronics Open title (Nov. 1)
  • Opened the season with seven consecutive wins before his first loss

2014-15 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships - Round of 12 (3-2) - 133 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to #6 Earl Hall (Iowa State) by decision, 4-7
  • Cons. First Round: Defeated Zach Synon (Missouri) by decision, 4-0
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #5 Zane Richards (Illinois) by major decision, 10-1
  • Cons. Third Round: Defeated #4 Johnni DiJulius (Ohio State) by decision, 7-4
  • Cons. Fourth Round: Lost to #2 Ryan Taylor (Wisconsin) by sudden victory-1, 1-3

Big Ten Championships - 8th (1-3) - 133 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to #9 Rossi Bruno (Michigan) by decision, 3-5
  • Cons. Second Round: Defeated #12 Danny Sabatello (Purdue) by decision, 3-0
  • Cons. Quarterfinals: Lost to #8 Zane Richards (Illinois) by decision, 3-10
  • Seventh-Place Match: Lost to #9 Rossi Bruno (Michigan) by pin, 2:45

Regular Season - 133 pounds

  • 21-15 record overall (9-6 in duals)
  • Bonus Points: three pins, two technical falls and four major decisions
  • Won the Cowboy Open title (Nov. 8)
  • Won seven of eight dual matches from Jan. 25 to Feb. 21
  • DNP at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 5)
  • DNP at Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)

2013-14 (Redshirt)
Regular Season - 133 pounds

  • Named Nebraska Wrestling Redshirt of the Year
  • 11-2 record overall
  • Bonus Points: one pin, three technical falls and four major decisions
  • Ended the season on an eight-match winning streak (six by bonus points)
  • Won the Viking-Warrior Open title (Jan. 4)
  • Won the Cusatis Open title (Jan. 11)
  • DNP at Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open (Nov. 23)
  • DNP at Harold Nichols Cyclone Open (Nov. 16)

Before Nebraska

  • Wrestled at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., for one season
  • 33-17 record overall in 2012-13
  • Qualified for 2013 NCAA Championships at 125 pounds
  • Attended high school at Volcano Vista in Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Won four state titles
  • 143-10 record overall with 88 pins during high school career
  • Won the gold medal in the all-star division at the Disney Duals
  • Finished fifth at the Super 32 Challenge
  • Two-time NHSCA All-American, which included a second-place finish at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals

Personal

  • Born: Aug. 27, 1993
  • Parents: Stephen and Linda Montoya
  • Brother: Paul
  • Graduated in spring of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in business administration management

Nebraska Career Record

Year Overall Dual Pins TF MD NCAA Big Ten
2013-14* 11-2 0-0 1 3 4 -- --
2014-15 21-15 9-6 3 2 4 Rd of 12 (3-2) 8th (1-3)
2015-16 29-10 9-5 3 1 7 5th (5-2) 5th (3-2)
2016-17 30-7 14-2 0 4 5 6th (4-3) 5th (3-2)
Career 80-32 32-13 6 7 16 12-7 7-7 

*Redshirt season does not count in career totals

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