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Wrestlers learn MAC tournament seeds

March 4, 2014
Shawn Scott

Shawn Scott

The Mid-American Conference has announced the seeds for this weekend’s 2014 MAC Wrestling Championships, which will take place Saturday and Sunday inside Kent State’s M.A.C. Center.

Jared Torrence and Shawn Scott were the highest-seeded Huskies in the field, as they were ranked third at 197 and 285, respectively. Scott’s first-round opponent will be Old Dominion’s Kevin Beazley, whom the Huskie defeated earlier this season in a 6-4 decision.

Meanwhile, Torrence will open the tournament against Matt Tourdot of ODU. In their only prior meeting this year, the Huskie heavyweight scored a 5-3 win.

The Huskies boast one other top-five seed in Rob Jillard, who will be the fifth-seeded wrestler at 149. The senior’s first matchup comes against Alexander Richardson of ODU, with Richardson topping Jillard in overtime, 7-5, in the last meeting.

Nick Smith sits as the sixth seed at 133, while Shaun’Qae McMurtry and Caleb Busson hold the seventh seeds at 165 and 184, respectively. Four Huskies – Nick Harrison, Tyler Argue, Andrew Morse and Matt Mougin – kick off the tournament with preliminary round matches.

Four different schools hold the 10 top seeds in the tournament, with Northern Iowa manning four of those top spots. In addition, Ohio has three No. 1 seeds, while Old Dominion has two and Kent State has one.

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