MILWAUKEE – Senior Austin Bellile of the MSOE wrestling team is set to make a repeat appearance at the NCAA Championships Friday and Saturday in Cleveland.
Bellile qualified for the national championships for the second-straight season, winning the Upper Midwest Regional Championship at 285 pounds. He will be the second Raider in program history to compete at the NCAA Championships twice after Matt Schoenherr in 2003-04, coincidentally at 285 pounds, as well.
Schoenherr (2004) is one of two MSOE All-Americans in wrestling (Matt Huset, 2003 / 197#). Both awards came with eighth-place finishes.
Bellile was seeded sixth last season at 285 pounds. He opened with a win in his first match before falling short of All-America honors by just one win.
This season, the Tomahawk, Wisconsin, native got off to a late start this season and enters the national meet at 11-0. He's won seven matches by fall, including five that have ended in 1:05 or less. He improved his career record to 82-21, which is just outside the top 10 in program history in wins while placing him second with a career .796 winning percentage. He is also second with 38 career wins by fall.
Bellile is seeded sixth in his bracket and starts his competition against Gabriel Mahaney of Baldwin Wallace. Bellile is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to IntermatWrestle.com and Mahaney is 10th. All-America honors are bestowed upon the top eight finishers, which would require two wins to advance to the meet's second day.
The 2018 NCAA Championships get underway at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. For links to video and live brackets, click here.