COLUMBIA, Ky. – The No. 5-ranked Lindsey Wilson wrestling team kicks off postseason action this Saturday when they travel to Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky to compete in the Mid-South Conference Championship and NAIA East Qualifier. Saturday' wrestling begins at 8 a.m. CT.
The MSC Championship is comprised of all 10 conference teams, while two non-conference schools – Allen (S.C.) and West Virginia Tech – join the field for the NAIA East Qualifier.
The top-three finishers in each weight class receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship in Topeka, Kansas beginning on March 3. In addition, five wrestlers from the East Region receive wildcard bids to the national tournament. The national rating committee also grants at-large bids to 30 additional wrestlers.
The top MSC wrestler in each weight class received First Team All-Conference accolades, while the second-best MSC wrestler receives Second Team All-MSC honors.
In total, five nationally-ranked teams, including three featured in the top 10, are competing on Saturday. The individual field features 31 ranked wrestlers and the No. 1 grapplers at 125, 157, 184 and 197 pounds.
Eight Blue Raider wrestlers are one of the top-five seeds of their respective weight class.
Colton Gonzalez (No. 15 at 174), Daniel Leonard (No. 9 at 149) and Brady Moser are all No. 3 seeds of their respective brackets. Diorian Coleman (No. 6 at 165) and Kohl Dodd are the No. 4 seeds at 165 and 197 pounds, respectively.
Rhodes Bell (No. 10 at 174) is the No. 5 seed at 174 pounds.
Complete brackets will be released later this afternoon.
Lindsey Wilson concluded the regular season with a 41-9 victory over Truett-McConnell (Ga.) on Feb. 8. The Blue Raiders took eight of 10 weight classes in that dual.
The Blue Raiders shared the regular-season title with Cumberlands (Ky.) after both programs finished with an 8-1 record against MSC competition. Lindsey Wilson has captured at least a share of the conference's regular season title in each of the previous six seasons.
Lindsey Wilson is searching for the first MSC Tournament championship in program history.
The Blue Raiders placed third with 118.5 points at last season's conference tournament. Campbellsville and Cumberland tied for first with 142.5 points apiece.
Three Blue Raiders received First or Second Team All-MSC Honors last season. James Flint placed first at 125 pounds, Walker won the 174-pound bracket and Leonard was the runner up at 141 pounds.
Live results are available throughout the day. Live video is available for the championship bouts of each weight class. The postseason begins on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT with the MSC Championship and NAIA East Qualifier.