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Defending national champion Michael Pixley- Photo Credit: Doug Wells
Wrestling - Sat, Mar. 4, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – (Brackets – PDF | Team Scores) Grand View's quest for a sixth-straight national title continued Friday night at Session II of the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships, presented by USA Wrestling-Kansas. The Vikings, who went 9-1 in their 10 quarterfinal matches (23-3 in the championship bracket), ended the night with 126.5 points and 12 All-Americans (Complete Grand View Individual Results).

If Grand View wins a sixth-consecutive national title, the Vikings will become the only NAIA program to accomplish the feat and the only the fourth program in collegiate wrestling history (NAIA, NJCAA, NCAA). The other programs to do so are NCAA Division I Iowa (six-straight (1995-2000) and nine-straight (1978-1986)), NCAA Division I Oklahoma State (seven-straight (1937-1949)) and NCAA Division II Cal Poly (seven-straight (1968-1974)).

With all 12 individuals punching through to the All-America rounds, Grand View sets a new program record for All-Americans in a single season and is the first program since Dana (Neb.) in 2006 to place all entries.

Highlighting the individuals for Grand View are Jacob Colon (SR/Clear Lake, Iowa) (133 pounds), Michael Pixley (JR/Granite City, Illinois) (184 pounds) and Dean Broghammer (JR/Manchester, Iowa) (285 pounds). All three student-athletes are in the semifinals and are vying for a second-straight national championship.

Twenty different programs have grapplers still competing for a shot at a national title, including nine individuals from Grand View. Campbellsville boasts the next most with four wrestlers.

Other notable performances on the day came from Lawton Benna (SO/Wentzville, Missouri) (174 pounds) of Grand View, Nicholas Meck (174 pounds) of York (Neb.) and Dalton Bailey (197 pounds) of Life (Ga.). A three grapplers kept their unbeaten seasons alive with wins in the quarterfinals. Either Benna or Meck is guaranteed to have their quest for a perfect year ended tomorrow, as the two are matched in one of the two 174-pound semifinals.

For more information on the NAIA Wrestling National Championships, click here.

 
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