Killian, Spencer take sixth at NCAA Regional
TIFFIN, Ohio – The King University men's wrestling team had two wrestlers with the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships in two weeks as they competed in the second day of the NCAA Super Region II tournament. Both D'Marcus Spencer and Bryce Killian came up one place short of qualifying as the Tornado finished 12th in the region.
At 133 pounds, Spencer opened the day with a pin of Limestone College's Henry Majano to advance to the consolation semifinals. However, he fell to McKendree's Brenden Murphy on a 12-2 major decision to drop him into the fifth place bout. With a spot to the NCAA Championships on the line, Spencer dropped a tough fought 3-1 decision to take sixth place.
Killian started his day with a 9-4 win over UW-Parkside's Adam Yde to advance to the semifinals of the consolation bracket. However, in the semifinals, he fell to Newberry College's BJ Young on a fall in 1:21. Killian then faced Dylan Kager in the fifth place bout with a spot in the NCAA Championships on the line. The match couldn't be decided in regulation as it went to overtime tied at 5-5. Kager scored the first points of the extra session to take the match 7-5, leaving Killian with sixth place.
The Tornado finished 12th in the regional while the University of Indianapolis won the region. McKendree took second, followed by Newberry in third.