I felt the guys represented themselves well this weekend at the CAA Championships. As a whole, we wrestled better matches against our CAA opponents than we did earlier in the season. I believe it is a positive sign for the program. We had 3 guys place.
Denny Herndon wrestled a great tournament. He lost a close match to the top seed in the quarter-finals. After the loss, he won 3 straight matches to finish 3rd. He wrestled with lots of determination. Denny put himself in position to get an NCAA bid, but lost a close bout in the true 2nd match. He will now have to wait and see if he gets an at-large bid.
Vince Rodriguez finished 2nd. He scored bonus points for the team in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. Vince came up short in his finals bout, so he too will await the committee’s decision on the at-large bids. I believe his body of work this season puts him in a great position to receive an at-large bid. We will wait and see.
Bagana Tovuujav won the 197lb CAA title. He wrestled well. The only points scored on him during the tournament were escapes. Even though he was the top seed, he ended up wrestling the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers. He definitely earned the title.
I am amazed at how fast the season has gone. Time does fly. Next week, we will head to St. Louis for the NCAA Championships. We will find out later this week if Denny and/or Vince will join Bagana. I would love to coach all three at the NCAA tournament.