Indianapolis, Ind. - The King University men's wrestling team traveled to the annual Midwest Classic this weekend in Indianapolis, one of the toughest NCAA Division II tournaments in existence, with up to a dozen nationally ranked wrestlers in a bracket. The Tornado were led again by senior Elijah Seay. Seay qualified for the semifinals before an unfortunate event and subsequent medical forfeits to sixth place. Rylee Billings also had a strong showing with a pair of wins and a tough loss in consolation.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Billings began the day 1-0 at 125 pounds with a win by sudden victory over the University of Indianapolis. After falling to the tournament first seed in the next round, Billings grabbed another win to advance even closer to the medal round.
- He finished the day 2-2 after a close 6-5 loss against Adams State.
- At 133 pounds Elijah Hicks dropped a close match to Central Missouri 8-9 in the first round. He recovered quickly though with a tech fall over region rival Newberry 22-7.
- Hicks lost a very close match the next round of consolation against an eventual medalist to finish the day 1-2.
- The strongest finish of the day came from yet again Seay. The 197-pound senior would go on a three-match winning streak to tear his way to the semifinals.
- Included in his bracket were over half of a dozen nationally-ranked opponents. His finals goal was cut short though, having to medical forfeit from the semifinals to a sixth place finish.
RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS
125 - Rylee Billings 2-2
133 - Elijah Hicks 1-2
149 - Tyler Williams 0-2
165 - Elijah Davis 0-2
174 - Matthew Danner 0-2
184 - Isaah Perez 0-2
197 - Elijah Seay 3-3, 6th
285 - Cade Ridley 1-2
- On Friday the Tornado travel to West Liberty University to take on the Hilltoppers and Davis & Elkins College at 12:00 p.m.