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March 9, 2013

UPJ's McKillop advances to semis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Travis McKillop used a pair of decision wins to advance to today’s semifinal round and lead a group of seven Mountain Cats at the 2013 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament.    

McKillop, ranked sixth in the country, defeated Southwest Minnesota State’s Travis Peralta 11-7 in the first round, before handing Nick Peterson of Colorado-Mesa an 8-2 loss to reach the semifinals.

McKillop will take on top-ranked Shamus O'Grady of St. Cloud State today.

After suffering an opening-round loss, Dave Cawley won an 8-0 over Angel Vega (Minnesota State-Moorhead) in the first round of the consolations, before advancing to Saturday’s action with a 5-2 decision over Justin Kieffer (Indianapolis).

Gary Lantz (174 lbs.) opened the tournament with a win, but suffered an 8-3 loss to Patrick Martinez (Nebraska-Kearney) in the quarterfinals to fall to the second round of the consolations.

His tournament ended with a 6-4 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo’s Ray Hall.

Evan Link (125), Dave Fogle (133), Keith Ryan (165), and Josh Duplin (285) each went

0-2 at the national tournament.

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