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March 1, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University wrestling club took first place Saturday at the Southwest Conference tournament in Arlington, Texas, while six wrestlers qualified for the national tournament.
With three first-place finishes and one second-place finish, the wrestling club scored 148 points to best Colorado State and United States Airforce Prep, which finished second and third, respectively.
Jordan Peter (165 lbs.), Travis Peter (133 lbs.) and Jacob Mercer (149 lbs.) led the way for Northwest by winning their weight categories. Additionally, Blake Schoeninger (197 lbs.) took second place, and Danny Apgar (157 lbs.) and Preston Reeves (heavyweight) finished in third place.
All six wrestlers qualified for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships March 10 in Macon, Ga.
Loren Butler, associate professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, is the club's academic advisor. Jason Sack, assistant director of recreational sports, is the club sport organizer. In addition to wrestling, Northwest senior Nic Brent is in his second season coaching the club team.
Butler believes the team has the ability to place among the top 10 at the national competition.
"I am so proud of this group of young men," Butler said. "All of them have worked tirelessly to keep the team on a steady climb and to become a significant force in the NCWA. Everyone who comes in contact with these guys falls in love with them. They represent the University with dignity and respect, and they are true Bearcat ambassadors."
The Northwest wrestling club was established in 2005 to provide students with opportunities to participate in wrestling competitions. It competes in the Southwest Conference, one of six conferences in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.
The club has sent a representative to national competition every year since its founding. Last year, the club grew to 13 members, and sent a record seven members to the national competition. There, the team finished 17th in a field of 79 teams and senior All-American Craig Addison beat the No. 1 seed on his way to a third-place finish.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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