Andrew Alirez withdrew from the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships (Photo/Anna-Lee Marie)
GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado sophomore wrestler Andrew Alirez has withdrawn from the 2021 NCAA Championships. Alirez, who qualified as an at-large selection, will not compete at the championships due to an injury sustained in practice prior to the Big 12 Championships.
"My heart breaks for Andrew. He had a tremendous fall and start to the season and was ready to compete for the NCAA title this season," said head coach Troy Nickerson. "We look forward to getting him back to 100%."
The Greeley native is a two-time NCAA qualifier and will have a chance to be a five-time qualifier as the NCAA has already announced this year as a zero year. None of this year's wrestlers lose eligibility for competing in the 2021 season.
Northern Colorado is still sending three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Mosha Schwartz (133), Jackson Hemauer (174) and Alan Clothier (184). All three automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship based on their finishes at the Big 12 Championships.
The NCAA unveiled the 2021 NCAA Championship brackets on Wednesday.