Wrestlers qualify for NCAA championship

By Rick Green

DeKALB — Sophomore Brock Hudkins and redshirt junior Bryce Gorman qualified for the NCAA Championships in Sunday’s Mid-American Conference Championships.

The wrestling team grabbed two second places, three fifth places and two sixth place finishes Saturday and Sunday at the MAC Championships.

The wrestling team was in fourth place after the first day of the Championships but rounded out the pack and finished eighth in the event.

The University of Missouri Tigers won the event for the second consecutive year.

Hudkins and Gorman are the only Huskies who advanced to Sunday’s second day of competition.

“Hudkins displayed a lot of guts in a tough situation,” said Heach Coach Ryan Ludwig. “After dropping his finals bout on a controversial score, he was able to keep his composure and win his true second bout to punch his ticket to Cleveland.”

Gorman, who held a 9-7 record in the regular season, defeated Bret Perry of the University of Buffalo Bulls by decision 12-10. Gorman defeated Canten Marriot of Missouri by decision 6-5.

“Bryce Gorman wrestled really well to get himself a finals bid,” Ludwig said. “He got a slow start in the gap in time. It’s great to see him break through to get to the show.”

Hudkins is ranked No. 32 in the NCAA coaches poll ranking. He defeated Tomas Gutierrez of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles by decision 4-0 and Kyle Akins of the Bulls 3-1. Hudkins finished second at the 125-pound match Sunday.

Wrestling at 157-pounds, redshirt junior Caden McWhirter fell in the first round with a loss to Larry Early of the Old Dominion University Lions. McWhirter came back with a win over James Wolfe of the Eagles.

Redshirt junior Quinton Rosser was victorious over Arsen Ashughyan of the Ohio University Bobcats. Seldon Wright of the Lions defeated Rosser in the first round.

Gage Hutchinson of Eastern Michigan defeated redshirt sophomore Caleb Gossett in the first round 9-3. Gossett got some revenge over Ali Wahob of Old Dominion 5-1.

“This team has battled through the adversity and moved forward every day,” Ludwig said. “We are heading up to Cleveland with two NCAA Qualifiers and looking forward to that next challenge,”

Gorman and Hudkins will be back in action again March 15 to 17 for the NCAA Championships at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.