Notre Dame College of Ohio leads in the team title race — with five Falcons in the finals — at the end of the fourth session at the 2011 NAIA Wrestling National Championship at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Friday night.
The reigning national champion Falcons have 143.5 points, with five wrestlers competing for individual championships: 125-pounder Dante Rini, Ashton Primus at 149, Thomas Straughn at 157, Derek Foore at 197, and heavyweight Orlando Scales.
In second place with 115 points is McKendree (Ill.), with two finalists: Wade Lowe at 133 pounds, and Andrew Sanchez at 197.
Lindenwood (Mo.) is in third with 107.5 points, and one finalist: Chris Chionuma at 174.
Other schools with wrestlers in the finals: Great Falls (4), Midland (3), Grand View (2), Campbellsville (1), Cumberland (1), and Montana State-Northern (1).
The finals are slated to take place Saturday at 7 p.m. CST.
2011 NAIA Wrestling National Championship — Finals Matches
125: Dante Rini (Notre Dame of Ohio) vs. Johnny Papesh (Campbellsville)
133: Matt Katusin (Midland) vs. Wade Lowe (McKendree)
141: Eddie McCray (Midland) vs. Anthony Varnell (Great Falls)
149: Ashton Primus (Notre Dame) vs. Matt Burns (Grand View)
157: Corey Bleaken (Cumberland) vs. Thomas Straughn (Notre Dame)
165: Ross Mosher (Great Falls) vs. Noah Hatton (Great Falls)
174: Chris Chionuma (Lindenwood) vs. Glenn Rhees (Grand View)
184: Michael French (Great Falls) vs. Evan Hinebauch (Montana State-Northern)
197: Andrew Sanchez (Midland) vs. Derek Foore (Notre Dame)
Hwt: Levi Roberson (Midland) vs. Orlando Scales (Notre Dame)
Team Standings — Top Ten Teams after Session Four (Friday night)
1. Notre Dame of Ohio (143.5 points)
2. McKendree (115)
3. Lindenwood (107.5)
4. Grand View (98)
5. Great Falls (96.5)
6. Missouri Valley (83.5)
7. Campbellsville (80)
8. Midland (75)
9. Southern Oregon (63.5)
10. Montana State-Northern (47)
Live online coverage:
- Live results: For real-time results from all mats during all six sessions of action will be available through the NWCA Live Scorebook, click here.
- Live streaming video of finals: NeuLion will stream live all 10 individual weight class championship bouts and will be available to view Saturday starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST. A fee of $7.95 is set to view the finals. Click here for more information.
Want to know more? For the official homepage for the 2011 NAIA Wrestling Championships, click here. For the NAIA wrestling homepage, click here. For updated brackets, click here. For a more detailed preview of the finals, click here.
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