February 29, 2012
For Immediate Release
Kansas City, Mo. – The 2012 NAIA Wrestling National Championships will get underway Thursday, Mar. 1 at 11 a.m. CST at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The 55th annual event runs through Saturday and features six sessions of action, capped off with the championship finals. Brackets for each weight class will be posted on www.NAIA.org Wednesday by 10 p.m. CST.
Des Moines welcomes 322 qualifiers representing 35 institutions from across the United States. Of those qualifiers, 11 are from the Indiana Tech wrestling team. Representing the Warriors will be Connor Hughes (Portage, MI/Northern) and Andre Sanders (Farmington Hills, MI/Harrison) at 125-lbs., Travis Barroquillo (Wolcottville, IN/Prairie Heights) and Brett Yarbrough (McDonough, GA/Henry County) at 133, Adam Fahs (Portage, MI/Trine) at 141, Reece Lefever (Ft. Wayne, IN/Carroll) at 149, Conner Lefever (Ft. Wayne, IN/Carroll) and Kafuba Donzon (Albany, GA/Darton) at 165, Tanner Martin (Ft. Wayne, IN/Snider) at 174, Dustin Boyd (Mishawaka, IN/Calumet) at 184, and Andre Dunn (Kewanee, IL/Lincoln) in the Heavyweight division.
Seven Tech grapplers earned seeds at the NAIA National Championships by finishing in the top 4 of their weight classes at the NAIA East Region Qualifier. Those seven include Dustin Boyd, Kafuba Donzon, Andre Dunn, Connor Hughes, Conner Lefever, Reece Lefever, and Tanner Martin.
Reece Lefever and Tanner Martin will enter the event ranked in the NAIA Wrestling Top 12 Individual rankings. Lefever is No. 9 at 149-lbs. and Martin is No. 8 at 174-lbs.
The 55th annual NAIA Wrestling National Championships is making its first visit to Des Moines, marking the 34th site to host the event. The NAIA Wrestling National Championships have traveled to 19 states in its history with Iowa and North Dakota hosting seven times each.
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. Click here for more information.
For more information on the NAIA Wrestling National Championships, click here.
To see the 2012 NAIA Wrestling National Championships official brackets click here.
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