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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swedes send four wrestlers to national tournament

  • Bethany College will send four Swedes to nationals Friday and Saturday.
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  • Bethany College will send four Swedes to nationals Friday and Saturday.
    Colby Crank, Aaron Garcia, Colt Rogers, and Courtney Strauss will represent the Swedes at the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Crank is currently ranked No. 15 at 157 and won an at-large bid this year by taking a medical forfeit and placing fifth at Regionals.
    Garcia makes his first appearance at nationals. He beat the No. 3 nationally-ranked wrestler at 133 in the semi's last week.
    Rogers is a two-time regional runner-up at 133 and a two-time national qualifier.
    Strauss is a two-time national qualifier and placed fourth at Regionals at 149.
    Twenty-four teams have four or more going to the tournament but Bethany has the most Kansas wrestlers going to nationals.
    The Swedes team are currently receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top 20 Coaches Poll.
    The finals session on Saturday will be video-streamed starting at approximately 7 p.m. In addition to championship bouts, the awards ceremonies for each weight class will be broadcast as well.
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