Wrestling championships pre-seeds announced

Huskies Kevin Fanta, Nick Smith earn Top 4 seeds

Nick Smith

Nick Smith

The Mid-American Conference announced the preliminary seeds for the 2013 MAC Wrestling Championship on Sunday, March 10, on the campus of the University at Buffalo at Alumni Arena.

Two Huskies – Kevin Fanta and Nick Smith – earned Top 4 seeds in their respective weight classes.

Fanta is the third seed at 141 pounds and will face Eastern Michigan’s Seth Schaner, whom Fanta topped in a 7-3 decision Jan. 26, in the first round. Meanwhile, Smith is the fourth-seeded 133-pounder and battles Kent State’s Mackenzie McGuire.

Two others NIU wrestlers earned five seeds.

Rob Jillard is fifth at 149 and takes on Ohio’s Andrew Romanchik, whom Jillard lost to on Jan. 11. At heavyweight, Jared Torrence will face fourth-seeded Blayne Beale of Northern Iowa in the opener.

Andrew Morse (157) and Parker Settecase (197) both earned six seeds at their respective weights, while Sam Bennett (165) and Matt Mougin (174) will be seven seeds. Lastly, Derek Elmore (125) and Bryan Loughlin (184) enter the tournament as the eighth-seeded wrestler in their bracket.

Four schools boast at least one top-seeded wrestler, with Missouri leading the way with six top seeds, while Central Michigan will bring two top seeds and Kent State and Northern Iowa each with one top seed. Missouri holds six No. 1 seeds with 125-pounder Alan Waters, 133-pounder Nathan McCormick, 149-pounder Drake Houdasheldt, 157-pounder Kyle Bradley, 174-pounder Todd Porter and 285-pounder Dom Bradley.

The pre-seeds were voted on by the conference’s coaches and rank the top eight wrestlers in each weight class.

For more information on NIU wrestling and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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