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K-State to Host Southwest Conference Championships

02/15/2008 -

MANHATTAN Collegiate wrestling teams from Universities across the region will take to the mats for the 2008 National Collegiate Wrestling Association's Southwest Conference Championships, Saturday, March 1, at Kansas State University's Peters Sports Complex.

Matches will get under way at 9 a.m. Wrestling teams from K-State, University of Texas, Wichita State University, Newman University, Colorado State University, Texas at Arlington, University of Colorado, Louisiana State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University and Texas Tech will participate.

Winners will advance to the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships, March 13-15, in Lakeland, Fla. The Association was created to serve schools that do not field an NCAA wrestling program. More information is available at http://www.ncwa.net

Coach of the K-State wrestling team is Beau Tillman. K-State wrestlers participating in the Southwest Conference championship and their weight division include:

Brendan Lund, junior in biology, Green, 165 pounds; Ahsha Abu-Ali, junior in animal sciences and industry, 174 pounds, and Bricen Biehler, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, 141 pounds, both of Louisburg; Donald Holliday, senior in social science, Manhattan, 184 pounds; Jordan Beckman, freshman in secondary education, Marysville, 235 pounds; Joey Heersche, senior in secondary education, Mulvane, 133 pounds; Matt Westin, sophomore in mechanical engineering, 157 pounds, and Tyler Williamson, sophomore in nutritional science, 125 pounds, both of Shawnee; Zachary McGill, graduate student in kinesiology, Wichita, 197 pounds; and Thomas Pipes, freshman in pre-professional construction science and management, Winfield, 149 pounds.