Tornado duo reaches semifinals at Midwest Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The King College men's wrestling team finished day one of the 32nd Annual Midwest Classic in a tie for eighth on Saturday at the University of Indianapolis with two Tornado wrestlers earning spots in the semifinals.

Top-seed Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) picked up three convincing wins to reach the semifinals of the 197-pound bracket. He takes on No. 4 seed Carl Broghammer, from Upper Iowa for a spot in the championship. Morgan's wins were over Calumet St. Joseph's Arthur Grubber, Lake Erie's Bobby Hager and Tiffin's Alek Hughes.

Patrick Spano (Tampa, Fla.), the No. 5 seed, will wrestle in the semifinals of the 165-pound division Sunday. He will take on top-seed Luke Miller, from Ohio Northern. To get to the semis Spano won twice, over Rick Goerke, from Lincoln, and Indianapolis' Jeff Weiss.

Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) earned a spot within the Top-8 of the 285-pound class with a win in the backdraw. Before he was defeated in the main draw Anderson, the No. 6 seed, was a winner twice. Anderson was upended by No. 3 seed Zach Rosol, from Upper Iowa.

Cullen King (Memphis, Tenn.) will be in the Top-8 of the 125-pound bracket as he starts Sunday. He won three times on the back draw after losing to No. 2 seed Trevor Franklin, from Upper Iowa.

Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.), John Forbes (Miami, Fla.) and Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) all had a win apiece within their respective backdraws.

King totaled 45.5 points to share the spot with Northern State. Trine University was a point in front in seventh and Lincoln College was sixth after finishing the day with 47 points. Newberry (S.C.) University has the top spot with 103 points, 21 ahead of Upper Iowa. Ashland (Ohio) University owns third, followed by North Carolina Pembroke. Campbellsville (Ky.) University rounded out the Top-5 with 57.5 points.

The event features 21 teams from NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA squads from around the country.