ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College sophomore Devon Pingel (Lapeer High School) is headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this weekend in Roanoke, Virginia, as the No. 7 seed at 184 pounds. The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday at the Berglund Center as Ferrum College will serve as the host institution. NCAA.com will stream all sessions.
Pingel, who is 28-6 on the season in his first year with the Bulldogs after transferring in from NCAA Division I Cleveland State, has a second-round matchup with Joshua Glantzman (20-4) from Merchant Marine on Friday morning. The winner of that match will wrestle later that night and could face second-seeded Jake Ashcraft (19-2) out of Ithaca, who has a first-round date against North Central-Illinois' Cody Baldridge (32-7). The Ashcraft-Baldridge winner will meet Kyle Peisker (32-5) from Chicago and the winner of that bout competes against Pingel or Glantzman.
"Devon is extremely talented and has been working his tail off throughout the season and in practice leading up to the NCAAs," Bulldogs third-year head coach Bill Schindel stated. "It was no surprise that he qualified and we fully expect him to perform at a high level.
"He is in a favorable draw and we definitely think he's one of the top guys in weight class in the nation."
To qualify for the national championships, 180 participants are selected after placing 1-2-3 in their respective weight classes at six regional sites across the country. Pingel had a terrific debut at last month's Division III Central Regional at Wabash College's Knowling Fieldhouse in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he finished as the runner-up to help the Bulldogs score 40-1/2 points and finish 13th in the 19-school team standings.
Pingel has made an immediate impact by reaching the NCAAs and becoming first Bulldog since 1979 to earn All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association accolades.
Pingel went 3-1 over that weekend in his first regional as a Bulldog. He lost to nationally-ranked Dylan Roth (No. 5 by the National Wrestling Coaches' Association) of Heidelberg in the title bout via pin 3 minutes and 35 seconds in. The score was only 2-1 in Roth's favor at the end of the first period before he got Pingel on his back early in the second.
But Pingel got to the championship match with a 10-4 decision over Thomas More's Avery Jones to start his final day. On Friday, Feb. 22, Pingel defeated Cash Thompson of Ohio Northern by decision, 4-0, and Dylan Seaton of Alma by a 14-6 major decision.
Pingel, who led Adrian in victories and pins (9), is the third Bulldog in the modern era of the program (since 2015-16) to represent Adrian at the NCAA Championships, joining Zach Rieger (285) in 2017 and Angus Arthur (197) in 2016.
Friday, March 8, Session I
9:30 am: Doors open for spectators
11:00 am: Preliminary Rounds one and two (6 mats)
Consolation First Round (6 mats)
Friday, March 8, Session II
3:00 pm: Berglund Center closes at the conclusion of the last match
4:00 pm: Doors open for spectators
4:45 pm: Opening Ceremonies
6:00 pm: Championship quarterfinals (3 mats)
Consolation Second and Third Rounds (3 mats)
10:00 pm: Session II ends (time approximate)
Saturday, March 9: Session III
9:00 am: Doors open for spectators
10:00 am: Championship semifinals (2 mats) and Consolation quarterfinals quarterfinals (2 mats)
Consolation semifinals (2 mats), Consolation place matches for 3rd, 5th and 7th (3 mats)
3:00 pm: Session II ends (time approximate)
Saturday, March 9, Session IV
5:45 pm: Doors open for spectators
6:15 pm: Line up of All-Americans
6:30 pm: Parade of All-Americans
7:00 pm: Championship finals (1 mat)
9:00 pm: Awards presentation immediately following completion of all wrestling for team awards and final two matches. Individual weight class awards will be presented between finals matches.
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