Dates: February 20, 2016
Scores: (9) Williams Baptist College (2nd out of 9 teams)
Location: James Becknell Gymnasium - Batesville, Ark.
On The Mat:
The ninth ranked Williams Baptist College wrestling team traveled to Batesville, Ark., on Saturday to compete in the Midwest National Qualifier Championships, which were held at Lyon College. The Eagles finished second out of nine teams. WBC wrestlers Tyler Fraley (SO/Freehold, N.J. ), Josh Chiles (SO/Little Rock, Ark.) and Conor Karwath (SO/Gonzales, La. ) won their divisions and Williams will send a record ten wrestlers to NAIA Nationals this season, which is more than double the team sent in the first season.
Fraley Through the Fray:
141 pound wrestler Tyler Fraley rolled through his division with three pinfall victories and won the championship match against Matthew Miller of Indiana Tech 4-0. Fraley's run still leaves the New Jersey native undefeated during the 2015-16 season, heading into Nationals.
Chiles Storms Through 197:
Josh Chiles completed his championship run through the regional with a technical fall and two major decision victories. In the championship match, Chiles won via 13-3 major decision over an in-conference opponent.
Karwath Rolls to the Title:
Conor Karwath started his season with a bang, as he rolled his way into the HWT championship in his first three matches. Karwath won his first match with a pinfall victory and his final two matches via decision. He won the championship match with a 2-1 decision victory.
The National Qualifiers:
• Dante Padilla (SO/Weeki Wachee, Fla. ) (3rd Place - 141)
• Patrick Grigsby (SO/Bentonville, Ark. ) (3rd Place - 149)
• Ryan Whittle (JR/Greenwich, Conn.) (5th Place - 165)
• Daniel Rittell (SO/Slaughter, La. ) (2nd Place - 165)
• Conner Linehan (JR/St. Louis, Mo.) (3rd - 174)
• Jeffrey Haley (SO/Quincy, Ill.) (2nd - 184)
• Tyler Dibert (JR/Imler, Penn. ) (4th - 184)
Quote of the Regionals:
"It is great to see much of our team move on to compete in the National Championships. We have two weeks to prepare well and perform our best at the Championships," said Head Coach Kerry Regner.
"When each member of the team takes advantage of their own opportunities, your team as a whole will reap the rewards," added Regner.
The Road To Nationals:
The ninth ranked Eagles will send ten wrestlers to Topeka, Kan., for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships. The championships will be held on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.
For updates on the Eagles wrestling team in the 2016 Nationals, check out this link!