Lights lead after Day 1 of Cascade wrestling

Lights lead after Day 1 of Cascade wrestling

HAVRE — The first day of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Men’s Wrestling Championship wrapped up Friday afternoon on the campus of Montana State University-Northern, marking the return of the championship after the 2021 event was not held due to COVID-19. (Results)

No. 8-ranked Montana State University-Northern finished the day in the lead with 69 team points. No. 16-ranked Eastern Oregon University finished in second place with 64.5 points, while No. 9-ranked Menlo College sits in third at 62.5. No. 19-ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tallied 60.5 points on the day, good for fourth place.

Two previous CCC champions are undefeated heading into day two.  Jordan Komac of the University of Providence (165 pounds) and Issac Bartel from Montana State-Northern (197 pounds), went 1-0 and 2-0 on the day, respectively. Bartel is also a two-time NAIA national champion, looking to get a chance at a three-peat.

Other noteworthy performances include Riley Siason (Menlo) at 125 pounds.  He was the 2020 runner-up at the CCC Championship and is undefeated heading into the second day.

Saturday will also feature a rematch of note. At 174 pounds, Armon Fayyazi (Vanguard) University and Keegan Mulhill (EOU) will square off in one semifinal.  At the 2020 CCC Championships, Fayyazi and Mulhill met for third place with Mulhill claiming an 11-8 decision.

At 285 pounds, Noel Orozco (EOU) is undefeated heading into day two. Orozco finished in third place at the 2020 CCC Championship.

Wrestling will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with championship matches scheduled for 5 p.m. Each mat will have live video streaming, which can be found here through FloWrestling and the CCC Men’s Wrestling Championship Tournament page can be found here.

The CCC will receive a total of 34 automatic qualifiers to the NAIA National Championships across all weight classes, based upon how many representatives of the conference were ranked in each weight class in the most-recent individual top-20 poll. The champion of each class will advance to the NAIA National Tournament, as well as the placements labeled below:

125 – 2nd, 3rd (three total)
133 – 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (six total)
141 – 2nd (two total)
149 – 2nd, 3rd (three total)
157 – 2nd, 3rd, 4th (four total)
165 – 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (six total)
174 – 2nd, 3rd, 4th (four total)
184 – 2nd, 3rd (three total)
197 – only first place (one total)
285 – 2nd (two total)

In addition to the conference’s 34 automatic qualifiers, each conference also gets seven at-large selections, which allows the conference to send additional competitors to the national tournament who didn’t qualify via an automatic berth.

Qualifiers from this weekend’s event will earn the right to compete at the 65th Annual NAIA National Wrestling Championships in Park City, Kan. The tournament will be held at the Hartman Arena on March 6-7.

— Cascade Conference

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