Eight wrestlers qualify for national tournament
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Eight wrestlers qualify for national tournament
Senior Nick Sasfy is one of eight wrestlers to qualify for the national tournament. Sasfy will be competing in his third national championships. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Eight Cumberland wrestlers, including Eddie Ortiz, Matt Scheve, Michael Gonzalez, Jake Shirley, Zeke Hunt, Nick Sasfy, Cody Linton and Scott Stewart, have all qualified and been selected to participate in the 55th Annual NAIA Championships set for March 1-3 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hunt and Stewart, both sophomores, will be competing in the national tournament for the second straight season and Sasfy has qualified for his third national championships event. The senior redshirted last year with a knee injury.

The tournament takes place at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The first of six sessions starts at 11 a.m. CT on March 1. Brackets will be posted February 29 by 9 p.m. CT.

Among the 320 qualifiers are 24 returning All-Americans, including two defending national champions and two runner-up finishers. Each weight class will have at least one returning All-American in action in Des Moines, with both 141 and 165 pounds featuring four All-Americans.

NeuLion will stream live all 10 individual weight class championship bouts on March 3 and will be available to view starting at approximately 6:45 p.m. CST. A fee of $9.95 is set to view the finals.