ALLEN, Tx. – Five members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford club wrestling team have qualified to compete in the 2018 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships this weekend at the Allen Event Center Arena.
Colton Davis (125 lbs), Kendrick Moore (133 lbs), Nicholas DiStefano (174 lbs), Mitch Dowd (197 lbs) and Joseph Blanco (285 lbs) have each earned qualifications to nationals.
The five wrestlers qualified based on their final placements in the Mid-Eastern Conference Championships on Feb. 24 in Waynesboro, Pa. The top-six seeds from each conference in each weight class qualify for the National Championships.
Davis, the third-best 125-lb wrestler in the MEC, is also ranked 11th nationally in his weight class.
Moore earned the fourth seed at the conference championships in the 133-lb weight class and is ranked 13th national.
DiStefano ranked fifth in the conference while Dowd and Blanco finished sixth in the conference for their respective weight classes.
This is the first full season of competition in the NCWA for the Pitt-Bradford club wrestling program, which began competing two years ago.
Current student Andrew McRandal serves as the team's coach and has worked tirelessly with team president Kathy Moonan, manager of accounts payable at Pitt-Bradford, to ensure the team's success in its first full year in the NCWA.
On Aug. 22, 2017, Pitt-Bradford announced the addition of wrestling as an NCAA Division III varsity sport for the 2018-19 academic year.
Colin Johnston, a former wrestler at West Virginia and current assistant coach at Davidson, was hired as Pitt-Bradford's first head wrestling coach on Dec. 28, 2017.
Action at the National Championships begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.
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