MOORHEAD, Minn. – Minnesota State University Moorhead junior Zach Scott will kick off his first appearance at the NCAA Division II National Tournament on Friday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His first-round opponent will be Drew Walker, from Notre Dame College (OH). The opening session starts at 10 a.m. on Friday.
“I’ve already accomplished my goals and one of them was to qualify for nationals,” Scott said. “Everything now is just icing on the cake. At nationals my goal is to wrestle each and every match to the best of my ability; I’m not too caught up in the results right now. If I wrestle hard, the results will take care of themselves.”
Scott, a native of Holdingford, Minn., qualified for the tournament with a fourth-place finish at the Super Region 3 tournament on Feb. 23-24 in St. Cloud, Minn.
Scott enters the tournament with a 17-15 record. He was unseeded entering the regional meet, where he won his first match over Seth Otis of Drury University via fall in 1:28. His quarterfinal match was also a win via fall, this one coming over fellow national qualifier Will Roark of Maryville University.
He lost his semifinal match to Jarred Oftedahl of St. Cloud State University, but bounced back and won his consolation semifinal match over Danny Swan of Lindenwood University to put him in the third-place match, where he had a rematch with Roark. This time, Scott was unable to pick up a win, losing a 10-3 major decision.
Walker enters the tournament fresh off winning the championship at the East Super Regional tournament. After receiving a bye in the first round, he beat Cole Rush of Shippensburg via tech fall before winning a 15-11 decision over Joseph Calderone of Long Island. His championship match was an 11-6 win over Chris Eddins of Pitt-Johnstown.
This is the ninth straight season that head coach Kris Nelson has coached a national qualifier. The last Dragon to reach the national tournament was current Dragon assistant Blake Bosch, who was a three-time All-American, including a national runner-up finish in 2016-17.