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Utah Valley’s Hunsaker qualifies for NCAAs as damage substitute

INDIANAPOLIS — Initially named an alternate for subsequent week’s 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Utah Valley College sophomore Cameron Hunsaker has formally been named an damage substitute and can now additionally compete at nationals as UVU will now ship 4 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.

Cameron Hunsaker

He’ll be a part of the two-time Massive 12 champion and second-seeded senior Demetrius Romero at 174 kilos, the seventh-seeded junior Taylor LaMont at 125, and the redshirt freshman and No. 28 seed Ty Smith at 133 kilos. Hunsaker’s seed and up to date 149-pound bracket will likely be introduced at a later time.

Hunsaker will enter his first journey to the NCAA Championships off of a seventh-place end in his weight class on the Massive 12 Championships final week. He holds a 9-7 general file on the 12 months and is at the moment ranked thirty first within the newest NCAA Coaches Panel Rating.

The NCAA beforehand launched seeding and brackets for the remainder of the sphere on Wednesday and the No. 2 seed that Romero was awarded is UVU’s highest nationwide seed in program historical past. LaMont’s No. 7 seed additionally matches for the second highest seed, as he was beforehand additionally the No. 7 seed at 125 kilos throughout his freshman season in 2018.

This marks the third time that each Romero and LaMont have certified for nationals and the primary for each Hunsaker and Smith. It is usually the second time in program historical past {that a} UVU grappler has been named an damage substitute to compete at nationals, as former three-time NCAA qualifier Tanner Orndorff certified that means in 2018.

The 4 qualifiers marks essentially the most qualifiers for Utah Valley since 2019 when the Wolverines despatched a program greatest six that season.

The 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will run Thursday to Saturday, March 18-20, on the Enterprise Middle in St. Louis. All seven classes of this 12 months’s championship occasion will likely be televised dwell on the ESPN Household of Networks.