WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College junior Brendon Seyfried (Short Hills, NJ) will compete in his third consecutive NCAA Wrestling Championship this weekend. Seyfried is the lone Eph competing at the NCAAs this year and he will be one of 180 competitors in search of an NCAA title and All-America honors.
Seyfried finished second at 149 pounds at the recent NCAA Northeast Regional host by WPI to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships being held March 9 and 10 at the Cleveland Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. The top three finishers n all six NCAA Regional events earn a trip to the NCAA Championship competition.
The first two years Seyfried advanced to the NCAA Championships he competed at 141 pounds, but this season Seyfried is competing at 149 pounds. After his first appearance at the NCAA Championships as a first year, Seyfried was named to D3Wrestle.com's National Freshman Team. That honor for Seyfried was a first in Eph wrestling history. His seventh place finish last year earned Seyfried his first All-America honor.
Seyfried will carry a 22-7 record this season into the championship competition in Cleveland. Overall in his three years at Williams Seyfried has compiled an overall record of 64-31.
With 18 wrestlers invited to compete in a 16-man bracket thee are two "pig-tail matches" that are used to determined the final seeds. The wrestlers involved in the pigtail matches are selected at random.
Seyfried has been placed in one of the pigtail matches where he will face Dylan Van Sickell from Stevens Institute who owns a record of 34-12 this winter. The winner of the Seyfried/Van Sickell match will advance to take on eighth-seeded Austin Bethel from Wabash College.
"Brendon has been training hard and smart and he is focused on completing his goal of winning a national championship," commented Eph head coach Scott Honecker.iewer
The loser of the pigtail match between Seyfried and Van Sickell will go into the wrestle back or consolation round. A wrestler is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament when he loses twice.