Ryan Malo '11

The NCAA D3 Wrestling Nationals will be held on March 10th and 11th hosted by the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.  Williams will be sending a school record four wrestlers to the tournament.

Ces Antista, ’13, 141 (first trip)

Corey Paulish, ’11, 149 (third trip, All American in 2009 at 141)

Ryan Malo, ’11, 197 (third trip, All American and finalist in 2009 and 2010)

Tom Foote, ’13, HWT (first trip)

There will be 59 teams represented which approximates 66% of the schools sponsoring D3 wrestling programs.  Of the 59 schools, 23 are sending one competitor and 18 are sending four or more.  Wartburg qualified their entire ten man line-up (in the Iowa Conference, the top three place finishers at each weight qualify).

The brackets were released yesterday and to be blunt, Williams did not get favorable draws.  The seeding committee ranks the top eight wrestlers at each weight and randomly draws in the remaining wrestlers.  This is a double elimination tournament and you need to finish in the top eight to make All American. In a few weight classes there are more than 16 wrestlers.  In those situations there are one or two “rat tail” matches to get to an even 16 man bracket.  The unfortunate wrestlers who were randomly assigned a rate tail match will have to win three matches to make All American.  Paulish and Foote have rat tail matches. 

Here is an overview of the first round.

Antista, 141.  Ces drew the one seed in the first round, Yewah of Wisconsin La Crosse.  Yewah was the 2010 National Champion at 133.   

Paulish, 149.  Corey has a rat tail match with the three seed Batsukh of St. Johns.  Batsukh was the 2010 National Champion at 141.

Malo, 197.  Ryan is the four seed and has a favorable draw through the semifinals.  As the four seed, if all holds to form, Ryan will face Tate the one seed from Wartburg.  Malo faced Tate in last year’s national final.

Foote, HWT.  Foote has a rat tail match against another non-seeded wrestler, Klein of Loras.  I personally like Tom’s draw and should he win his rat tail, he would have the four seed in the first round.

 D3wrestle.com is doing weight class previews this week.  141 will be published on 3/8, 149 on 3/9 and 197 and HWT on 3/10.  Below are the links to the brackets as well as to other sites that will be covering the tournament. 

 http://www.d3wrestle.com/?page_id=3857

http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/files/2011d3wrestlingbrackets.pdf

http://www.ncaa.com/championships/wrestling/d3

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/wrestling/d3

http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=23218

There are a number of us attending the tournament and I will provide updates as the matches unfold.  Go Ephs!!

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