The Utah Valley University wrestling team will send a program-best five grapplers to the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships this week in Cleveland, Ohio. The national tournament will run Thursday to Saturday, March 15-17, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Taylor LaMont (125 pounds), Demetrius Romero (165), Kimball Bastian (174) and Dustin Dennison (197) earned automatic bids to the 2018 NCAA Championships at the Big 12 Championship earlier this month, and Tanner Orndorff (197) was picked up as an alternate, which turned into an at-large selection after someone had to withdraw from his weight class due to injury. This year will mark Dennison and Orndorff’s second-consecutive appearance at nationals and the first for LaMont, Romero and Bastian.
All six sessions will be televised on the ESPN Family of Networks, and every match on every mat will be streamed live on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com). Live results can also be followed via TrackWrestling. The first session gets underway on Thursday at 10 a.m. MT, and will be televised live on ESPNU.
“I’m excited for the five guys that will be going this week,” head UVU coach Greg Williams said. “I feel like we could have gotten a few more, but our focus is on the five that have qualified. All five have earned this opportunity to get on the mat and compete against some of the best wrestlers in the country.”
The 125-pound redshirt freshman LaMont leads the way for the Wolverines by entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed in his weight class. LaMont wrestled his way to a 25-3 record on the year, which includes a Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational title and a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship. LaMont, who is currently ranked eighth …read more
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