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    By Drew Hughes

     

    The 2021 NAIA Wrestling National Championships are set to take place March 5-6 in Park City, Kansas. There are 12 Indiana natives that will be competing at this tournament with 5 of the 11 being ranked in the top 8 of the latest NAIA rankings. Listed below are the NAIA National qualifiers.

     

    Name

    School

    Hometown/High School

    Weight

    Ranking

    Ty Haskins

    Marian (Ind.)

    Valparaiso, Portage High School

    125

    19th

    Matt Gimson

    Indiana Tech

    Elkhart, Jimtown High School

    133

    2nd

    Connor Gimson

    Indiana Tech

    Elkhart, Jimtown High School

    133

    7th

    Blake Mulkey

    Marian (Ind.)

    Brownsburg, Brownsburg High School

    141

    5th

    Bailey Moore

    Marian (Ind.)

    Indianapolis, Beech Grove High School

    149

    9th

    Brice Coleman

    Indiana Tech

    Indianapolis, Warren Central High School

    157

    18th

    Tristan Sellmer

    Campbellsville

    Jeffersonville, Floyd Central high School

    157

    NR

    Elliott Rodgers

    Marian (Ind.)

    Noblesville, Cathedral High school

    165

    15th

    Kolby Ferris

    Indiana Tech

    Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern High School

    174

    7th

    Jarod Swank

    Cumberlands (Ky.)

    Granger, Penn High School

    165

    9th

    Sam Osho

    Marian (Ind.)

    Avon, Avon High School

    184

    9th

    Jack Servies

    Marian (Ind.)

    Indianapolis, Perry Meridian High School

    197

    13th

    Ethan Bunce

    Marian (Ind.)

    Indianapolis, Lawrence Central High School

    285

    8th

     

    For those that may be unfamiliar with how NAIA works, a team can enter 2 individuals at a weight for 2 different weight classes. With that being said, that is how brothers Matt and Connor Grimson both qualified at the same weight and took 1st and 2nd at their conference. Also winning conference titles where Blake Mulkey, Brice Coleman, Elliot Rodgers, Kolby Ferris, Jack Servies, and Jarod Swank.

     

    With the exception of Jarod Swank, who competed in the Mid-South Conference, all of the other Indiana Natives competed in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. This was the first year of this conference where Indiana Tech beat Marian in the team race by a score of 163.5 to 144.

     

    With in person attendance likely limited, the tournament will be on trackwrestling where you can follow the brackets and even watch live for a fee.

     

    Click here for TrackWrestling brackets



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    7 hours ago, formercollegekid said:

    Gimson brothers are both all Americans at the same weight during the same year. Gotta be record... or at least a very short list

    For the 2nd year in a row! That’s amazing 

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    Yeah, Gimsons and Mulkey in the semis this morning. I think everyone else is eliminated. Really rough last couple of consi rounds for Indiana natives last night. Lots of agonizingly close losses preventing AA status.

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    Interesting.. #1seed Gimson goes down in semi finals but his brother wins and advances to the finals. That’s so cool to see the brothers doing well at the same weight. 

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    Tough pill to swallow for #1 Matt Gimson, who gets upset 8-6 in the semi's and ends up 3rd with 5 falls in his 5 wins. Meanwhile, #3 Conner struggles through a couple tight ones and reaches the final. 

     

    Mulkey ends up 4th.

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