After becoming the first NCAA national qualifier in Southern Virginia University history, wrestler Nico Ramirez competed in the NCAA D III Wrestling Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Ramirez won his first match in the 285-pound bracket before falling to the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Freshman Nico Ramirez became the first Southern Virginia University athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday after a third-place finish at the NCAA D-III Southeast Regional Tournament.
The Southern Virginia University wrestling won big at Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament with Zachary Davidson and Gordon Whitaker winning their respective weight classes, and Keaton Gomez and Nico Ramirez placing third.
The Southern Virginia University wrestling team was squeezed for a tiebreaking point in a tight match against Allen University, falling 25-24. After the heartbreaker, York College shutout the Knights during Saturday's tri-match hosted by Southern Virginia.
With a score of 47.5 and a third-place finish in the 285-pound weight class, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team took seventh place out of the thirteen teams that competed at the Will Abele Invitational.
At the Jim Crytzer Invitational, held at Washington and Lee University, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team took fifth overall with a third-place finish from Keaton Gomez and fourth-place finishes from Gordon Whitaker and Alexander Brunner.
In its closest match of the year, the Southern Virginia University wrestling team recorded a clutch finish to defeat Averett University 24-22 with four straight victories to close out the match and earn the team win.
The Southern Virginia University wrestling team earned its first-ever team title in the program’s Division III history on Saturday, the team also earned two individual titles along the way at the Virginia Beach Open.