Opening opponents announced for William Penn wrestlers
William Penn University
The NAIA has released its official brackets for this weekend’s 57th Annual National Championships and the first-round opponents for the four Statesmen qualifiers should make for competitive matches.
The full bracket can be found at http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2014WR/2014WR_Official_Pre-Championships(2).pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900
Live Scoring can be followed at www.trackwrestling.com (Go to Browse, then to Tournaments, then type in NAIA)
133-pounder Joao Vicente), one of two at that weight for WPU, will begin with a pig-tail match (round of 32) against freshman Kodie Cole of Concordia (Neb.). Vicente is 20-6 on the year and ranked No. 11 in the NAIA (placed fourth in qualifying), while Cole will enter Friday’s first session at 18-15. He placed fifth in the North Qualifying Group Tournament.
If Vicente advances in the championship bracket, he will get a stiff round of 16 bout versus senior Justin Brooks, the No. 2-ranked wrestler from Indiana Tech (17-3 record). Brooks was the East Qualifying Group champion.
Brad Watsonhas probably the toughest pig-tail matchup, taking on #5 nationally-ranked Kyle Wilson of Great Falls (Mont.) at 141 pounds. A senior, Wilson is 16-5 this season and was runner-up in the West regional. Watson is currently 14-15 and was fifth in qualifying.
If Watson wins, he will take on No. 10 Colby Rinehart, a senior from Campbellsville (Ky.). He owns a 19-6 mark and was third in the East qualifier.
Like Watson, Ishmael Rempson will also have to go through two ranked foes to reach the quarterfinals at 174 pounds. His pig-tail competitor will be No. 15 Erick Gomez, a junior from Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) who is sporting a 19-17 mark and was fifth in the East regional meet. Rempson, who was third in the Central qualifier, is currently 14th in the NAIA and has a 17-15 mark.
With a win, Rempson would move on to face No. 3 Brady Beamon of Simpson (Calif.). Beamon, a sophomore who is 24-6, was second in the West tournament.
Scottie Bond, No. 10 nationally at 133 pounds (19-8 record), is the only Statesmen to receive a bye for the round of 32. His round of 16 competitor will be a tough one, though, as No. 6 Keaton Thomas of Lindsey Wilson will be awaiting. A junior, Thomas is 16-8 and was second in the East. Bonds was third in the Central region.
Session I action begins Friday at 10 a.m. in the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan.