For the first time since the 2003 season, the Duhawks have qualified seven wrestlers for NCAA championships. They finished 2nd at the regional tournament, a mere 18 points behind the conference champions the Wartburg Knights.
The Duhawks swept the regional tournament qualifying seven wrestlers for the NCAAs. Brice Everson who finished 2nd at regionals after a 15-4 major decision loss in the finals qualifies for nationals for the first time in his career.
Junior Clint Lembeck cut loose at regionals defeating two time All American Chris Williams of Millikin, this secured him his second regional championship in his career.
Kevin Kelly had won his way into the semifinals where he would face Dubuque’s, Greg Kulas. Leaving everything on the mat Kelly punched his ticket to Nationals with an 11-1 major decision win.
Brandon Murray at 157 pounds faced Bradan Birt of Milikin in the semifinals. Murray would take the match with a 4 – 3 decision but fall short in the finals against top-seeded Cross Cannone of Wartburg.
Eddie Smith came into regionals in the same place he did last year. The question was would smith allow for the same outcome. Smith blasted his way through the competition to the finals where he finished the day with a 9 – 0 major decision win over Buena vistas Brad Kerkhoff
174 pounder Jacob Krakow would cash his chips to nationals after a battle back through wrestle backs to win his third-place bout against Nathan Fritz of Central.
The two time All American Guy Patron returned to Regionals with not only Nationals on his mind but redemption also. On Sunday Patron would not be denied as he punched his third ticket to Nationals with a pin against Jennings of Milliken in 1:16.
Head coach TJ Miller was named the Regional coach of the year, and Assistant coach Trevor Kittleson was named Regional Assistant coach of the year.
The Duhawks will hit the mat one more time in Roanoke, Virginia. It may be quite the distance to travel to watch live, but for a small fee, you can watch the tournament in its entirety on Track-Wrestling.com.