EDMOND, Okla. — Freshman Darick Vancura (Fr., 165 lbs.) is the last member of the Minnesota State wrestling team who can qualify for the NCAA Championships after the first day of competition at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 Tournament.
Vancura started the day with a pinfall victory over Noel Torres from Newman University in the first round of the tournament. He earned a trip to the championship round only to lose in the quarterfinals to #1 Brock Smith from Nebraska-Kearney by an 8-2 decision. Vancura then found himself in the consolation bracket, where he came out on top in an overtime thriller, 5-3, over Devin Fenstermaker from Truman State.
Needing two more wins to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships, Vancura is set to wrestle Brock Krumm from the University of Mary Saturday.
Alphonso Vruno (So., 141 lbs.), Adam Cooling (Fr., 157 lbs.), Brendan Eichmann (Sr., 174 lbs.), Scott VanDeLoo (So., 184 lbs.), Chris Zimmer (Fr., 197 lbs.) and Corby Running (Sr., 285 lbs.) all lost in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket to end their day.
Trevor Schultz (Fr., 125 lbs.), Tanner Mills (Fr., 133 lbs.) and Weston Droegemueller (Fr., 149 lbs.) competed today only earning one win between the three of them.
Should Vancura finish in the top-five of his weight class after the final day of competition Saturday, he will advance to the NCAA Championships on March 14-15, in Cleveland, Ohio.