SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Maryville wrestling team won the Central Super Regional with a team score of 151.5 as all 10 Saints wrestlers advanced to the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championships. The Saints won two weight classifications, and Mike Denney earned the Central Regional Coach of the Year award. After winning the regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Saints will return in two weeks for the national championships March 11-12 held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
Nate Rodriguez claimed the title at 141 with two more decisions to cap his run. He posted a 7-2 decision in the semifinals and posted a 3-0 shutout of Blake Clevenger to win the championship. Zeb Wahle recorded a 4-1 win in the semifinals to reach the championship match. There, he downed Clayton Jennisen with a 3-1 decision to win the 174 weight class and claim Maryville's second individual regional title.
At 125, Jaret Singh fell to top-seed Brett Velasquez but won the consolation semis by a 9-2 decision. He capped his day with a 2-1 win in the third-place match over Danny Swan. Dakota Bauer won his semifinal bout at 133 with a 5-3 decision but dropped the title match to top-seed Blake Bosch.
Keenan Hagerty advanced to the title match with a 13-2 major over Tyler Stenberg. However, in the championship match, he was narrowly edged 5-4 in tiebreak No. 1 to finish in second place. In the 157 classification, Greg Hegarty dropped a 2-1 decision to undefeated Terrel Wilbourn. Hegarty won his consolation semi match 9-4 and took third place after an injury default.
Dimitri Willis dropped his 165 semifinal match to No. 1 Clint Poster but rebounded to win his next consolation match by a 3-2 count. Willis claimed third place with a 14-10 victory over Qiante Wagner. At 184, Nick Burghardt had to wrestle his way through the consolation bracket but eventually took third place. He won his consolation semifinal with a 12-2 major, then defeated Scott VanDeLoo 3-1 in sudden victory to advance.
Ryan Beltz began his day in the 197 semifinals with a 12-3 major decision over Dillon Archer to reach the finals. However, he was sidelined with an injury late in the championship match versus Joe Gomez to finish as runner up. In the heavyweights, Donnell Walker dropped his semifinal match 5-2 but he recovered to take his consolation semifinal by a 5-1 score. In the third-place match, Walker beat Coltyn Pease 3-2 for the victory.