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Semifinal Wrap: Campbellsville leads NAIA women, St. Cloud leads NCAA Div. II men, Wartburg gets six in NWCA Div. III finals

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Photo courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics

The semifinals have been completed from the three college national events going on Saturday morning: the NCAA Div. II Nationals in St. Louis, the NAIA Women's National Invitational in Jamestown, and the NWCA Div. III Coaches Association Nationals in Coralville.

With four finalists, St. Cloud State leads Nebraska-Kearney by 10 points after NCAA Div. II semifinals

ST LOUIS, Mo., Led by four individual finalists, St. Cloud State took a 10 point lead over Nebraska-Kearney by 10 after NCAA Div. II semifinals. UNK had been leading the team race after day one of the event.

The four St. Cloud State finalists are Garrett Vos (133), Joey Bianchini (141), Garrett Aldrich (149) and Kameron Teacher (285).

Nebraska-Kearney, with nine All-Americans, had just two semifinalists, and neither were able to advance to the gold-medal round.

Rounding out the top five were third-place West Liberty with 60 points, fourth-place Lindenwood with 57.5 points and fifth-place Central Oklahoma with 56 points.

West Liberty has three finalists: Cole Laya (125), Tyler Warner (133) and Connor Craig (184).


Nick Daggett (UNC Pembroke) 13-2 won by decision over Christian Mejia (McKendree) 10-2 (Dec 6-5)
Cole Laya (West Liberty) 17-1 won by fall over Paxton Rosen (Central Okla.) 9-1 (Fall 6:32)

Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) 11-0 won by decision over Tanner Cole (Central Okla.) 6-2 (Dec 7-0)
Tyler Warner (West Liberty) 10-0 won by major decision over Wesley Dawkins (Neb.-Kearney) 13-3 (MD 10-0)

Isiah Royal (Newberry) 12-1 won by decision over Colby Smith (Lindenwood (MO)) 10-2 (Dec 4-3)
Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.) 12-0 won by major decision over Kelan McKenna (Notre Dame (OH)) 10-1 (MD 9-1)

Lukas Martin (Fairmont St.) 13-0 won by decision over Gavin Londoff (Lindenwood (MO)) 10-1 (Dec 3-2)
Garrett Aldrich (St. Cloud St.) 8-2 won by decision over Noah Hermosillo (Adams St.) 9-2 (Dec 7-4)

James Wimer (Findlay) 13-0 won by decision over Ty Lucas (Central Okla.) 10-2 (Dec 3-1)
Ronald Gentile (Lindenwood (MO)) 12-2 won by decision over Dawson Combest (Indianapolis) 11-3 (Dec 4-3)

Alex Farenchak (Gannon) 9-1 won in sudden victory - 1 over Cory Peterson (McKendree) 8-3 (SV-1 5-3)
Fred Green (Colorado Mesa) 9-1 won by decision over Matt Malcom (Neb.-Kearney) 14-2 (Dec 13-10)

Abner Romero (Lindenwood (MO)) 11-0 won by decision over Daniel Beemer (Ashland) 9-2 (Dec 7-0)
Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.) 11-0 won by decision over Andrew Sams (Indianapolis) 11-2 (Dec 9-7)

Heath Gray (Central Okla.) 12-0 won by decision over Dan Fillipek (McKendree) 9-2 (Dec 8-1)
Connor Craig (West Liberty) 14-0 won by major decision over Bailey Kelly (Maryville (MO)) 8-2 (MD 18-7)

Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree) 11-0 won by decision over Zach Ryg (Upper Iowa) 10-1 (Dec 6-0)
Dalton Abney (Central Okla.) 10-1 won by decision over Jackson Ryan (Southwest Minn. St.) 10-2 (Dec 2-0)

Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud St.) 12-0 won by decision over AJ Cooper (Fort Hays St.) 15-3 (Dec 8-3)
Weston Hunt (Colo. Sch. Of Mines) 8-1 won by decision over Steven Hajas (Augustana (SD)) 9-4 (Dec 7-2)

NCAA Div. II finals pairings
125 - Nick Daggett (UNC Pembroke) vs. Cole Laya (West Liberty)
133 - Garrett Vos (St. Cloud St.) vs. Tyler Warner (West Liberty)
141 - Isiah Royal (Newberry) vs. Joey Bianchini (St. Cloud St.)
149 - Lukas Martin (Fairmont St.) vs. Garrett Aldrich (St. Cloud St.)
157 - James Wimer (Findlay) vs. Ronald Gentile (Lindenwood (MO)
165 - Alex Farenchak (Gannon) vs. Fred Green (Colorado Mesa)
174 - Abner Romero (Lindenwood (MO)) vs. Trevor Turriff (Minnesota St.)
184 - Heath Gray (Central Okla.) vs. Connor Craig (West Liberty)
197 - Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree) vs. Dalton Abney (Central Okla.)
285 - Kameron Teacher (St. Cloud St.) vs. Weston Hunt (Colo. Sch. Of Mines)

Team Standings after semifinals
1 St. Cloud St. 89.0
2 Neb.-Kearney 79.0
3 West Liberty 60.0
4 Lindenwood (MO) 57.5
5 Central Okla. 56.0
6 McKendree 53.0
7 Ashland 38.0
8 Gannon 30.5
9 Colorado Mesa 26.0
10 Minnesota St. 24.0

Wartburg pushes six wrestlers into NWCA Div. III finals, while Coe has four finalists

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Although there are no team scores kept, traditional power Wartburg has been dominant at the NWCA Div. III Coaches Association Nationals, putting six wrestlers into the finals on Saturday.

Wartburg finalists are Brady Kyner (125), Kristian Rumph (141), Brady Fritz (149), David Hollingsworth (157), Zane Mulder (165) and Kyle Briggs (174).

Coe added four finalists: Alex Friddle (125), Brock Henderson (133), Josh Gerke (149) and Brady Henderson (157).

North Central, Loras and Augsburg each have two finalists. There are nine different teams with an athlete in the finals.


Brady Kyner (Wartburg) F Samuel Braswell (Averett), 2:39
Alex Friddle (Coe College) MD Cristian Chavez (Luther), 15-3

Robbie Precin (North Central) MD Zach Thompson (Loras), 10-1
Brock Henderson (Coe College) MD Joshua Wilson (Greensboro), 11-1

Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) DEC Riley Wright (Coe College), 4-2
Jimmy Mcauliffe (Elmhurst) F A.j. Pagliarulo (Coast Guard), 5:10

Josh Gerke (Coe College) DEC Brett Kaliner (Stevens Institute of Technology), 4-3
Brady Fritz (Wartburg) DEC Zeke Smith (Loras), 4-2 SV

Brady Henderson (Coe College) DEC Killian Perrigon (Cornell College), 5-0
David Hollingsworth (Wartburg) DEC Tyler Shilson (Augsburg), 7-6

Bradan Birt (Millikin) MD Gabe Fiser (Loras), 10-0
Zane Mulder (Wartburg) DEC Philip Rogers (Coast Guard), 8-1

Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) F Brian Shermeyer (Messiah), 5:23
Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg) DEC Jacob Krakow (Loras), 10-6

Paul Detwiler (Coast Guard) DEC Nick Rogge (Augsburg), 11-6
Shane Liegel (Loras) F Ira Kuehn (Luther), 5:35

Cody Baldridge (North Central) F Jonathan Wagner (Coast Guard), 4:54
Gabriel Zierden (Concordia-MN) DEC Bentley Schwanebeck-ostermann (Augsburg), 4-1

Tyler Kim (Augsburg) DEC Jordon Brandon (Wartburg), 6-4 SV
Wyatt Wriedt (Loras) DEC Dominick Wilson (Olivet College), 2-1

NWCA Div. III finals pairings
125 - Brady Kyner (Wartburg) vs. Alex Friddle (Coe College)
133 - Robbie Precin (North Central) vs. Brock Henderson (Coe College)
141 - Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) vs. Jimmy Mcauliffe (Elmhurst)
149 - Josh Gerke (Coe College) vs. Brady Fritz (Wartburg)
157 - Brady Henderson (Coe College) vs. David Hollingsworth (Wartburg)
165 - Bradan Birt (Millikin) vs. Zane Mulder (Wartburg)
174 - Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) vs. Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg)
184 - Paul Detwiler (Coast Guard) vs. Shane Liegel (Loras)
197- Cody Baldridge (North Central) vs. Gabriel Zierden (Concordia-MN)
285 - Tyler Kim (Augsburg) vs. Wyatt Wriedt (Loras) 

NWCA Div. III finalists
6 – Wartburg
4 – Coe
2 – North Central, Augsburg, Loras
1 – Elmhurst, Milliken, Coast Guard, Concordia-MN

Campbellsville has commanding lead in NAIA Women’s Nationals with five finalists

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Campbellsville continued its dominance at the NAIA Women’s National Invitational, pushing five athletes into the finals.

Campbellsville finalists are McKayla Campbell (109), Charlotte Fowler (116), Angela Vitiritti (130), Randi Robison (136) and Alexandra Castillo (170).

Campbellsville had 153 points after the semifinals, a full 36 points ahead of second-place Life with 117 points. Rounding out the top five were Wayland Baptist in third with 92.5 points, Oklahoma City in fourth with 83.5 points and Southern Oregon in fifth with 76.5 points.

Life and Wayland Baptist each have three finalists, and Baker has two finalists. There are 11 teams with at least one finalist.

This is a qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Fort Worth, Texas, April 2-3. The top place winner who has not already qualified in each weight class advances. There will be 10 qualifiers from this event going to Fort Worth.


Nina Pham (Wayland Baptist (W)) VSU1 Esthella Trevino (Southern Oregon (W)), 12-2 4:30
Ivy Navarro (Providence (W)) VFA Madison Brown (Texas Wesleyan (W)), 4-0 0:22

Mckayla Campbell (Campbellsville (W)) VSU Tehani Soares (Indiana Tech), 10-0 3:45
Asia Ray (Wayland Baptist (W)) VSU Macie Stewart (Southern Oregon (W)), 10-0 1:01

Peyton Prussin Las Vegas, NV (Life (W)) VSU Josie Bartishofski (Jamestown (W)), 10-0 1:09
Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville (W)) VPO1 Stefana Jelacic (Lourdes), 7-5

Julia Vidallon (Life (W)) VPO1 Nichole Moore (Baker (W)), 5-4
Jasmine Hernandez (Lyon (W)) VSU1 Katlyn Pizzo (Campbellsville (W)), 14-4 3:49

Bridgette Duty (Cumberlands (W)) VSU1 De'anna Prince (Wayland Baptist (W)), 12-1 3:51
Angela Vitiritti (Campbellsville (W)) VPO1 Mea Mohler (Texas Wesleyan (W)), 6-3

Desiree Zavala (Wayland Baptist (W)) VSU Destiny Lyng (Oklahoma City (W)), 10-0 1:15
Randi Robison (Campbellsville (W)) VPO1 Andrea Schlabach (Grand View (W)), 2-1

Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp (Midland (W)) VPO1 Jordan Suarez (Wayland Baptist (W)), 8-4
Erin Redford (Eastern Oregon (W)) VPO1 Sydney Freund (Oklahoma City (W)), 2-2

Sienna Ramirez (Southern Oregon (W)) VPO1 Kendra Thompson (Campbellsville (W)), 8-6
Morgan Mayginnes (Baker (W)) VPO1 Kamalamaokapomahealani Lewis (Midland (W)), 14-9

Alexandra Castillo (Campbellsville (W)) VPO1 Sierra Talmadge (Jamestown (W)), 8-2
Jordan Nelson (Life (W)) VPO Hunter Robinson (Grand View (W)), 8-0

Nkechinyere Nwankwo (Oklahoma City (W)) VPO1 Kelani Corbett (Lyon (W)), 6-1
Elisa Robinson (Baker (W)) VFA Victoria Hinojo (Oklahoma City (W)), 4-0 0:29

NAIA women finals pairings
101 - Nina Pham (Wayland Baptist (W)) vs. Ivy Navarro (Providence (W))
109 - Mckayla Campbell (Campbellsville (W)) vs. Asia Ray (Wayland Baptist (W))
116 - Peyton Prussin (Life) vs. Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville)
123 - Julia Vidallon (Life) vs. Jasmine Hernandez (Lyon)
130 - Bridgette Duty (Cumberlands) vs. Angela Vitiritti (Campbellsville)
136 - Desiree Zavala (Wayland Baptist) vs. Randi Robison (Campbellsville)
143 - Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp (Midland) vs. Erin Redford (Eastern Oregon)
155 - Sienna Ramirez (Southern Oregon) vs. Morgan Mayginnes (Baker)
170 - Alexandra Castillo (Campbellsville) vs. Jordan Nelson (Life)
191 - Nkechinyere Nwankwo (Oklahoma City) vs. Elisa Robinson (Baker)

Top 10 NAIA women’s teams after semifinals
1 Campbellsville (W) 153
2 Life (W) 117
3 Wayland Baptist (W) 92.5
4 Oklahoma City (W) 83.5
5 Southern Oregon (W) 76.5
6 Cumberlands (W) 75
7 Baker (W) 69.5
8 Jamestown (W) 65
9 Missouri Valley (W) 64.5
10 Midland (W) 63.5

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