Who: #1 Grand View University, #18 Northwestern, #23 Morningside, Briar Cliff, William Penn, Waldorf
What: NAIA Wrestling National Championship
Where: Kansas Expocentre – Topeka, Kansas
When: March 3-4
Team race: Grand View is expected to come out on top in pursuit of a sixth consecutive national title. The Vikings have qualified 12 athletes for the tournament. In 2016, Grand View set a team point record with 210 points.
*InterMat rankings have been used for the following individual weight classes*
John Altieri (William Penn) vs. Adelfo Valdez (Wayland Baptist)
#16 Austin Boles (Northwestern) vs. #9 Mason Naifeh (Oklahoma City)
Andrew McFarland (Briar Cliff)-Bye
#6 Keegan Hessler (Morningside)-Bye
133 lbs: #1 Jacob Colon (Grand View) vs. Ty Kolterman (Bethany)
#6 Michael Andreano (Briar Cliff) vs. #14 Vicente Hernandez (Simpson)
#3 Sammy Rosario (Cumberland) vs. #12 Cartland Allen (Graceland)
Colon is the returning National Champion at this weight. With a first-round win, Colon will face #16 Tanner Irwin of Williams Baptist.
Taylor Lehman (Waldorf)-Bye
#16 Nathan Ryan (Briar Cliff) vs. James Landroll (Oklahoma City)
Connor Hughes (Davenport) vs. #9 Dante Preciado (Northwestern)
#2 Josh Wenger (Grand View)-Bye
Steven Garcia (Morningside) vs. John Risewick (Bethany)
#4 Walker Marshall (Grand View) vs. Eric Ambriz (Oklahoma City)
Jerod Booth (Embry-Riddle) vs. Dakota Drenth (Morningside)
#7 Skylar Weber (Briar Cliff)-Bye
#9 Tyler Lashbrook (Morningside)-Bye
Following Weber’s first round bye, he will face #6 Sean Elkin (Dickinson State).
165 lbs: #1 Grant Henderson (Grand View) vs. Brok Williams (Oklahoma City)
Ryan Niven (Grand View) vs. #14 Tim Dinsdale (Southeastern)
#7 Anthony Orozco (Bene
dictine) vs. Derick Bailey (Morningside)
With a win, Bailey (Morningside) could face returning national champion, #2 Blake Cooper (Warner Pacific).
#1 Lawton Benna (Grand View) vs. #15 Colton Gonzalez (Lindsey Wilson)
#4 Andras Lukacs-Farkas (Northwestern)-Bye
#10 Rhodes Bell (Lindsey Wilson) vs. Nathan Garcia (Briar Cliff)
#3 Dylan Blackford (Grand View)-Bye
#3 Michael Pixley (Grand View)-Bye
#15 Logan Moore (Morningside)-Bye
Michael Pixley (Grand View) is the returning National Champion at this weight. Following a first-round bye, Pixley will face #12 Lane Oversen (Dickinson State).
Jovanni Virgen (Bacone) vs. #2 Johnathen Dennis (Grand View)
#9 Evan Hansen (Grand Views)-Bye
#6 Luis Rivera-Santiago (Northwestern)-Bye
HWT: #1 Dean Broghammer (Grand View)-Bye
#1 Dean Broghammer (Grand View)-Bye
#11 Brian Ervin (Briar Cliff)-Bye
Randy Null (Northwestern) vs. #9 Korey Walker (Oklahoma City)
#2 Jacob Laden (Grand View)-Bye
Dean Broghammer is the returning champion in this weight. Broghammer pinned his way through the tournament in 2016.