3 Swede wrestlers qualify for nationals during tourney

By Steve Sell
February 24, 2014

MARSHALL, Mo. — Bethany College’s wrestling team competed in the NAIA Central Group Qualifier on Saturday.

The Swedes finished fourth with 87 points. Grand View was crowned champion with 217, followed by Missouri Valley 150, Oklahoma City 109, Bethany 87, William Penn 70.5, Baker 64, Wayland Baptist 58, Hannibal-La Grange 50.5, Benedictine 30.5, Lindenwood-Belleville 19, Graceland 13.5, Bacone 7.5 and Central Baptist 5. 

Three Swedes wrestlers qualified, earning the opportunity to compete at the NAIA National Tournament March 7-8 in Topeka. In order to qualify, individual wrestlers must finish in fourth place or higher in their respective weight division. In addition, the Swedes await the announcement to hear if they receive any of the 15 at-large bids to the NAIA National Tournament. The complete list of national championship participants will be announced Thursday.

“‘Swedes on the Rise’ has been our theme this year and our program is backing it up," Bethany coach Jacob Marrs. "Our region is the toughest to get through in the country and the men that have earned the chance to compete at the national tournament will now have a great opportunity to become All-Americans and even national champions. We are proud of our team and excited about the process of preparing for Topeka and finishing off the season on a high note. We hope our community will make the drive to our state's capitol to support their Swede student-wrestlers.”

 Colt Rogers finished fourth at 141, winning by a fall at 0:29 and winning by decisions of 6-4 and 6-3. His finish marks his third time qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament. 

 Colby Crank was crowned champion in the 149 class, winning by technical fall and by decisions of 15-9, 3-1 and 3-2. This is his third time qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament. 

Jordon Ward finished second in the 165 division, winning by fall at 6:39 and by 8-3 decision. It is his first NAIA National Tournament qualification. 

 Results are as follows: 

 125: Quinton Harrison, 0-2

141: Colt Rogers, 3-1, 4th place 

149: Colby Crank, 4-0, 1st place 

149: Courtney Strauss, 3-3, 6th place

157: Jonathan Blackwell, 4-2, 5th place 

165: Jordon Ward, 3-1, 2nd place

174: Zach Eaton, 0-2

174: Matt Atwood, 1-2

184: Spencer Wilson, 2-2

184: Trevor Whittaker, 0-2

197: Taylor Baird, 2-2, 5th place

285: Zach Anderson, 4-2, 5th place