*2/18/2006* *North Central Conference*
Eagle wrestlers send seven to nationals
The Eagles Wrestling Club grappled there way to a 5th place finish in the conference tournament of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association in Toledo, Ohio. USI brought 10 wrestlers to the tournament, and seven placed high enough to advance to the national championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 3. "It's an extraordinary accomplishment for any team, and the effort put forth by our wrestlers is nothing short of fantastic," said Paul Kuban, associate professor of engineering and faculty advisor for the club. "I'm thrilled that our hard-working students have earned the opportunity to represent USI at the national level." Although the club has over 26 active members, not all of them can attend every tournament, due to scheduling conflicts with work or school. There are 11 collegiate weight classes, so the USI club started the day with a disadvantage by bringing only 10. Several wrestlers were defeated in the first round and had to battle their way back to the top of the consolation bracket, while others competed in weight classes with over 30 participants. Most had to wrestle up to five grueling matches on the day.
Those advancing to the national tournament were:
John Paul Brandt
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