Three Lions advance to day two of NCAA wrestling national championships


Photo by Isis Wadleigh

Brayden Parker | Staff Reporter
Published March 14, 2015; 10:15 p.m.

Photo by Isis Wadleigh
Photo by Isis Wadleigh

After a full first day of national championship competition where Lindenwood wrestlers went a combined 7-4, the Lions have three still alive vying for all-American status and two will have rematches against opponents from the regular season. Here’s a couple of game notes to prime you for day two of the national championships.

– Junior Terrel Wilbourn (149 lbs) is the lone Lion to win both matches and advance to the semifinals… he will begin the morning against Destin McCauley (Nebraska-Kearney)… the two met already once this season in January…Wilbourn won by 11-5 decision.

– Seniors Kyle Webb (141 lbs) and Derrick Weller (157 lbs) will begin the day with consolation quarterfinal matches….wins for both solidify all-America status….Webb starts against Notre Dame (OH)’s Maurice Miller….Miller finished fourth at 2013 NCAA National Championships….Weller begins his day against Greg Hegarty, a cross-city rival from Maryville University of St. Louis….Hegarty won both regular season match-ups, a major decision (14-4) at the NWCA National Duals and again a 8-3 decision in February.

– Senior John McArdle (184 lbs) ended his career last night in wrestleback competition….after gaining an early advantage, Limestone’s Caleb Rivera challenged a called takedown…. momentum shifted with Rivera securing the pin and winning by fall (1:45)…. McArdle finished the season 16-11….Lindenwood career 35-18 with two NCAA appearances and one MIAA title.

– St. Cloud State leads the team standings with 47.0…. fellow MIAA member and conference tournament champion Nebraska-Kearney is in second with 44.5….cross-city rival Maryville University of St. Louis is in third with 42.5….Lindenwood is second among MIAA teams and is tied for 11th place with 18.5 points.

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