Two Minnesota State Wrestlers Remain After First Day of Nationals
St. Louis – Minnesota State wrestlers Cody Quinn (Sr., 165 lbs.) and Da’Wayne Robertson (Jr., 125 lbs.) both remain alive at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
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Minnesota State sits tied for 18th with Fort Hayes State with a team score of 11.5.
Quinn, a Covington, Wash. native who is rated second in the country, started his final national tournament off with a 5-2 decision win over Tyler Reinhart (Pittsburgh Johnstown) to advance onto the quarterfinals. There, unranked Matt Vandermeer (Lake Erie College) bested Quinn with a 5-0 decision. In the back leg, the two-time All-American earned a major decision over Shelden Struble (Indianapolis) 8-0. He faces JaCobi Jones (Colorado State Pueblo) and has secured at least an eighth-place finish
Robertson, who is rated fourth, started his day similar to Quinn with an 8-7 decision win over Ronzel Darling (Wisconsin-Parkside). The Mesa, Ariz., native lost his next match to #2 Gerald Huff (Adams State), by a 5-2 decision score. He moved onto grapple against #5 Matthew Turek (Gannon) in the consolation bracket and won, 12-9. Robertson starts day two against #3 Willie Bohince (Mercyhurst) and also secured an eighth-place finish.
Alphonso Vruno (Jr., 141 lbs.), who entered the weekend rated eighth, ended his run at the national tournament after posting a 1-2 day. Vruno lost his first match to #2 Maurice Miller (Notre Dame College) in a 7-3 decision. He got his only win by a major decision over Colby Rinehart (Shorter), 12-3, in his second match of the day. The Sandwich, Ill., native had his season ended at the hands of #4 Darren Wynn (McKendree) by a fall at the 4:38 mark.
Action starts back up Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Chaifetz Arena.
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