BVU wrestler Brian Broll, who placed second at 184 pounds in the Iowa Conference tournament, will compete in the NCAA national tournament which will be held March 9-10 at La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. He will have his first match on Friday.
Broll made his way into the IIAC championship bout after a pair of thrilling matches. After receiving a first round bye, he captured a narrow 2-1 decision over seventh-seed Josh Kirkland of Loras College followed by a 7-5 triumph in sudden victory over third-seeded Ethan Ball of Coe College.
Now a three-time national qualifier, Broll, nearly became the program's first IIAC champion since 2007, but came up just short against top-seed and fourth-ranked Dylan Azinger of Wartburg College, falling 11-7.
Heavyweight Matt Sefcik finished his sophomore campaign with a sixth-place finish. He worked his way back in the consolation bracket after suffering a narrow 6-4 loss in the quarterfinals to Luther's Connor Herman, whom he had beaten 6-1 during the IIAC Duals. He then defeated Central's Jake Crawford before losing to Cornell's Carl Graul and David Vinton of the University of Dubuque.
The Beavers also had three wrestlers who placed eighth: Junior Austin Mogg (125), freshman Steve Gutschenritter (141) and freshman Kaine Leighty (149).