February 24, 2011

King prepares for NCAA Division II Super Region II Tournament

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division II Super Region II Wrestling Championship Friday and Saturday hosted by the University of Findlay (Ohio).

The Tornado's Patrick Spano (Tampa, Fla.) has the most wins of the group with a 20-6 record and 9-2 against NCAA Division II foes in the 165-pound division.

Frank Morgan (Maynardville, Tenn.) and his 15-3 overall record includes a 9-1 mark versus NCAA Division II opponents as he enters the 197-pound division as the No. 3 seed.

John Forbes (Virginia Beach, Va.) enters the event 18-9 for the 174-pound division and 7-4 mark against NCAA Division II wrestlers.

Dondricus Anderson (Macon, Ga.) went 19-14 at 285-pounds, but he has a 5-7 record with NCAA Division II foes. He was given the No. 5 seed in the bracket.

Brandon Tressler (Orlando, Fla.) posted a 14-9 record which included going 8-2 versus NCAA Division II opponents in the 184-pound bracket. Tressler goes into the event as the No. 4 seed.

Caleb Myers (Greeneville, Tenn.) has a 14-11 record, but 4-6 against NCAA Division II competition as he enters the 133-pound division.

Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) went 11-11 overall and 5-5 versus NCAA Division II challengers at 149-pounds. Of John Brasher's (McCalla, Ala.) six wins at 157-pounds this season, four were against NCAA Division II foes. Richard Williams (Nashville, Tenn.) went 4-12 and 2-5 when he wrestled against NCAA Division II adversaries this season at 125-pounds. Francisco Bisono (Virginia Beach, Va.) was 4-13 overall at 141 pounds with a 1-8 mark against NCAA Division II wrestlers.

King has wrestled three super region foes this season and did not lose to any. The Tornado posted a 38-12 win over St. Andrews Presbyterian (N.C.) University, a 22-20 victory over Limestone (S.C.) College and finished with a 34-12 score against Belmont-Abbey (N.C.) College.

The top-four from each weight class earns trips to the NCAA Division II National Championship March 11-12 in Kearney, Neb.

A total of 13 teams will compete in the event, including four teams who are ranked in the top-20 of the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll.

No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha, who has won the last two national championships, enters the event with three individuals ranked at the top of their respective weight classes. Senior Mario Morgan is the top ranked wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, junior Esai Dominquez is No. 1 at 149 and sophomore George Ivanov is currently the best in the 157-pound weight class.

All three were national runner-ups last season at the national championship.

In addition, seniors Ryan Pankoke (174) and Aaron Denson (184) are ranked third while sophomore Matt Baker (197) checks in fourth in the national rankings.

No. 5 Central Oklahoma will also be looking to make some noise at the tournament and will rely on freshman Cory Dauphin and junior Jarrett Edison who are both ranked fifth in the 157-pound and 197-pound weight classes, respectively.

In addition, sophomores Trison Graham (133) and Derrick Adkins (165) are ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, in their weight classes.

No. 12 Ashland enters the event being led by junior heavyweight Jacob Southwick, who is ranked fifth nationally while No. 15 Findlay will pin its hopes on juniors Michael Lybarger and Matt Clum, who are ranked third and seventh in the 165-pound and 285-pound weight classes, respectively.

Selected information from the University of Findlay

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