INDIANAPOLIS – Southwest Minnesota State University junior Cortez Arredondo is set to compete this Friday and Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The two-day championship will be held at the US Cellular Center and is hosted by Upper Iowa University.
Arredondo, ranked No. 9 nationally at 157 pounds, qualified for the championship following his second place finish at the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Feb. 23-24. He won his first three matches at the regional, defeating competitors from Augustana, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, before losing in the region title match to Ryan Strope from McKendree (Ill.).
Arredondo will open the championship on Friday morning taking on Matt Malcolm (17-5) from Nebraska-Kearney, who is ranked No. 11 in the latest national rankings.
The NCAA championships will take place on Friday beginning with Session I at 11 a.m., followed by Session II at 6 p.m. The championship resumes on Saturday with Session III at 10 a.m., with the finals starting at 7 p.m.
The top eight in each class earn NCAA All-American honors.
SMSU has now had 44 individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships, with 12 All-Americans and one national champion, since moving to Division II in 1996.
A total of 160 wrestlers qualified for this year’s NCAA Championships with four per weight class from the four Super Regionals.