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Croley places third; Rosario, Delaune finish sixth

Staff Reports • Mar 6, 2017 at 4:02 PM

TOPEKA, Kans. — Cumberland senior Nate Croley dropped a 3-2 Decision in the semifinals but posted two wins in the wrestleback to place third, while seniors Sammy Rosario and Kyle Delaune each finished sixth during the morning session Saturday at the 60th annual NAIA Wrestling Championships.

Eight-ranked Croley lost a 3-2 decision to Lindsey Wilson’s top-ranked Cam Tessari in the main draw semifinals at 157. The Pigeon Forge native rebounded with an 18-3 technical fall at 5:00 against Missouri Valley’s 13th-ranked Tobias Barnes and won a 9-3 decision over Southern Oregon’s third-ranked Hunter Hodges in the third-place match.

Third-ranked Rosario won a 7-4 decision over Midland’s Isaiha Johnson in the backdraw at 133 but then lost two straight, a 4-3 decision to Midland’s eighth-ranked David Berg and a 12-0 major decision against sixth-ranked Jake Sinkovics from the University of the Cumberlands in the fifth-place match.

Fifth-ranked Delaune registered a 10-3 decision versus Indiana Tech’s 10th-rated Dillon Fransisco but lost by fall to Grand View’s third-ranked Michael Pixley. The New Orleans, La., native then dropped a 7-5 decision to Lindsey Wilson’s Matt Walker in the fifth-place match.

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