March 10, 2010
Huskies to Send Three Wrestlers to NCAA Championships
BLOOMBSURG-Bloomsburg University will send three wrestlers to the NCAA Division One Wrestling Championships next week in Omaha, NE after the wild-card selections were announced on Wednesday.
Joining seniors Matt Moley (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) and Rick Schmelyun (New Oxford/Bermudian Springs), who qualified via their finishes on Sunday at the EWL (Eastern Wrestling League) championship, will be junior Nate Graham (Selkirk,NY/Selkirk). In addition, Josh Roosa (Mountain Top/Crestwood) is listed as a first alternate at 149 pounds.
Moley will be seeded ninth at 157 pounds and will face Colton Salazar of Purdue in the opening round. Salazar is 30-11 on the season, while Moley is 25-3. Moley is on the same side of the bracket as top-seed J.P. O'Connor of Harvard who is unbeaten at 30-0. The two would meet in Friday's quarterfinals as long as both wrestlers win their first two bouts. Moley is a two-time All-American having finished eighth as a sophomore and sixth as a junior.
Schmelyun is ranked 11th at 165 pounds and will Paul Gillespie of Hofstra in the opening round. Schmelyun is 28-7 on the season, while Gillespie is 29-12.
Graham will be unseeded at 174 pounds and will face unseeded Jacob Ison of Ohio University in round one. Graham is 27-9 on the season, while Ison is 22-6. Should Graham win opening match he would face top-seed and unbeaten Mack Lewnes of Cornell who is 36-0.
Action will get underway on Thursday, March 18.