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Wrestling Regional Preview: Mariners Vying For National Berths In Virginia This Weekend

Wrestling Regional Preview: Mariners Vying For National Berths In Virginia This Weekend

2017 NCAA DIII Wrestling East Regional Championship Hub
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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy wrestling team is travelling down to Rocky Mount, Va., this weekend to take part in the NCAA Division III Wrestling East Regional Championships, hosted by Ferrum College at Franklin County High School. The event will take place over two days, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25.
 
At the Regional Championships, the Mariner wrestlers will have a chance to qualify for the National Championship Meet, scheduled for March 10-11 in La Crosse, Wis. The top three finishers in each bracket automatically qualify, with the next three serving as alternates.
 
The East Region includes 19 schools from six states along the eastern seaboard. Wrestling is set to begin at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. For more information on the Regional Championships, including ticket prices, venue information and live scoring links, visit the Championship Hub page set up by Ferrum at this link.
 
The Mariners have sent at least one wrestler to the National Championships in each of the past eight seasons. Senior Patrick Rooney (Belgrade, Minn.) will look to lead USMMA this weekend after he earned the 184-pound Centennial Conference Title earlier this month. He is currently ranked eighth in his weight class in the latest NWCA Coaches Poll. Sophomore Blake Bunce (Trophy Club, Texas), who placed second at the Centennial Championships at, will also look to make a splash for Merchant Marine.
 
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