FINDLAY, Ohio - King College will be sending Frank Morgan and Brandon Tressler to the 2011 NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championship after the duo qualified Saturday at the NCAA Division II Super Region II Championship hosted by the University of Findlay.
Morgan, a junior from Maynardsville, Tenn., defeated top-seed Matt Baker, from Nebraska Omaha, 3-1 in the championship bout of the 197-pound bracket. Morgan will be making his third trip to a national event with two NAIA National trips in 2008 and 2009. In the 2009 championship he finished runner up in the same weight class. Morgan knocked off Ashland's Corby Running 3-2 in the semifinals to reach the title tilt.
Tressler, a sophomore from Orlando, Fla., finished fourth in the 184-pound bracket to punch his ticket to nationals. In 2009 he was at the NAIA Nationals as a 174-pound wrestler. Tressler was sent to the wrestleback bracket after top-seed and eventual champion Aaron Denson posted a 9-3 decision over him. In the first wrestleback contest Tressler beat Ashland's Caleb Marsh 12-6, but Tressler was overtaken for third by Casey Bradley, from Limestone.
The Tornado qualifiers, Morgan and Tressler, will be a part of the 2011 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship March 11-12 in Kearney, Neb. Each will be a part of a 16-wrestler bracket as the four super regions will send the top-four from each weight class to the event.
Freshman Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) made a run, but finished fifth as a 149-pounder. He was knocked off in the semifinals by Daniel Genetin, from Ashland, 9-6. A wrestleback pin against eventual third-place finisher Brandon Russow sent Stella to the fifth-place match where the Tornado was a 5-2 winner over No. 2 seed Colton Schmitz for the second time in the event.
In the team standings King finished seventh with 46.5 points, 11.5 behind Limestone. Nebraska Omaha took the team crown home with five weight class winners and 156.5 points. Nebraska Omaha qualified all 10 of their wrestlers for the nationals. Ashland got six qualifiers behind a second-place finish with 126 points.
Of the 13 teams in the region, nine had national qualifiers.
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