Killian, Kirk earn All-American honors on day one of NCAA Championships

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – On the opening day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Dustin Kirk and Bryce Killian of the King University men's wrestling both earned All-American honors for the second straight year. Each ended the day in the consolation quarterfinals and will wrestle to take third on Saturday.

THE BASICS
KING RESULTS: 19th of 50
LOCATION: U.S. Cellular Center; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kirk entered the tournament ranked 10th at 133 pounds and started with a tough 2-0 defeat to sixth-ranked Kelan McKenna of Notre Dame College (Ohio).
  • Kirk followed that with a 10-4 win over Noah Au-yeung of Colorado School of Mine before he defeated fifth-ranked Nathan Cervantez of San Francisco University.
  • That win put Kirk in the consolation quarterfinals, giving him All-American honors for the second straight year.
  • At 141 pounds, Killian entered ranked eighth and started his day with a 6-2 decision over Adams State University's Dylan Udero.
  • However, in the quarterfinals he fell to top-ranked Darren Wynn of McKendree University 3-2, dropping him into the consolation bracket.
  • In the consolation bracket, Killian defeated fourth-ranked Will Roark of Maryville University 5-4, advancing to the consolation quarterfinals and earning All-American honors for the second straight year.

RESULTS BY WEIGHT CLASS

133 – Dustin Kirk 2-1, consolation quarterfinals

141 – Bryce Killian 2-1, consolation quarterfinals

UP NEXT

  • Wrestling resumes on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET. The second session is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET.