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Preliminary brackets announced for NAIA wrestling championships

Staff Reports • Feb 28, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Preliminary brackets for the 2017 NAIA Wrestling Championships were announced Friday afternoon for five Cumberland grapplers participating in the event scheduled for March 3-4 in Topeka, Kan.

Junior Sean Nguyen will take on Baker’s Zane Baugh at 125, while senior Sammy Rosario faces Graceland’s 12th-ranked Cartland Allen at 133.

Senior Nate Croley will battle Missouri Baptist’s Clayton Wegener at 157 and senior Orlando Nawade will take on on Wayland Baptist’s second-ranked Jose Alvarez at 174. Senior Kyle Deluane received a bye into the second round and will face Montana State-Northern’s second-ranked Ben Stroh.

Rosario heads into the tournament ranked third nationally, the highest ranked Cumberland wrestler, while Delaune comes in at fifth and Croley is eighth. Croley is the only returning All-American for the Phoenix while Delaune garnered All-America honors two years ago.

The first session of the begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.

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