February 25, 2011

Tornado trio wrestle to semifinals at NCAA DII Super Region II

FINDLAY, Ohio - King College had three wrestlers reach the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Division II Super Region II Friday with hopes of trips to the NCAA Division II Nationals on the line come Saturday.

Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) wrestled into the semifinals of the 149-pound bracket with an upset of No. 2 seed Colton Schmitz, from Truman. Stella posted a 5-3 decision in the match. Stella has a semifinal contest against No. 3 seed Daniel Genetin, from Ashland. A win guarantees Stella a trip to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship with the championship round birth.

Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) went from the No. 4 seed through to the semifinals with two wins within the 184-pound division. He started with a fall over St. Andrews Presbyterian's Greg Pattis. A fall in 2:21 over Zach Hayes, from Truman, got Tressler to the semifinals against top-seed Aaron Denson.

Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) posted a major decision in the quarterfinals of the 197-pound bracket. His 13-2 score came against Central Missouri's Doug Thompson.  Morgan has a semifinal meeting against Corby Running, from Ashland, who knocked off No. 2 seed Jarrett Edison, from Central Oklahoma, 5-1.

Caleb Myers (Greeneville, Tenn.) started the day with an 8-5 decision over Tiffin (Ohio) University's Jordan Duckett in the 133-pound division. Myers later was narrowly defeated 8-6 by top-seed Michael Magaha, from Limestone (S.C.) College. This was the second meeting of the season between the two as Magaha won 7-2 the previous time.

Heavyweight Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) only needed 32 seconds for a fall over Truman's Thomas Redmon, but Anderson lost to Cody Dauphin, from Central Oklahoma. Anderson needs two wins Saturday to reach the third-place match and earn a trip to nationals.

Francisco Bisono (Virginia Beach, Va.) won in the wrestle-back portion of the 141-pound division after a loss to top-seed Mario Morgan, from national power Nebraska Omaha.

John Forbes (Virginia Beach, Va.) went 2-1 on the day with a win in both the main and wrestleback brackets. His first-round win came over Truman's Chad Kurovski 4-3. Forbes then lost a narrow 2-1 decision to No. 3 seed Kelly Henderson, from Central Oklahoma. Forbes rebounded to knock out Ouachita Baptist's David Butler with a 13-9 decision.

Patrick Spano (Tampa, Fla.) started the 165-pound bracket with a fall over Central Missouri's Todd Brier, but later lost to No. 3 seed Jake Variek, from Belmont Abbey.

Richard Williams (Nashville, Tenn.) lost to the No. 2 seed in the 125-pound bracket in the quarterfinal round.

In the team standings Nebraska Omaha has the lead with 80 points, 17 in front of Ashland (Ohio). King has the fifth spot, a point behind Limestone, 33-32. Central Missouri owns sixth with 31 points.

Action continues Saturday at 10 a.m. with finals scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

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