Martinez is the top seed at 125.
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Release: 03/09/2012
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DAYTONA BEACH, Calif. --- Defending champion California Baptist University still has four wrestlers alive and in championship contention after the second day of the 2012 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championships.

The Lancers are also in striking distance of their second straight national title heading into tomorrow's final day of competition. CBU is in second place with 91 points, just eight points shy of defending NAIA Champion Notre Dame (Ohio), which leads everyone with 99 points.

NCAA Division I Liberty is third with 86 points.

"This is a very tough tournament," said first-year CBU Head Coach Lennie Zalesky. "Everyone who has been here before is talking about how this is the toughest tournament they've had. There are a handful of teams like us in transition, including three of the top NAIA programs, so the competition is tough. There are good wrestlers here. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow night, but we're going to give it our best shot."

In all, the Lancers have six wrestlers still competing, all of whom have already wrapped NCWA All-American honors as they will finish no worse than eighth place.

Jimmy Martinez (125), Alex Anunciation (133), Dylan Cataline (149) and Zach Merrill (285) are still in the winner's bracket having each won their quarterfinal matches tonight. They will wrestle their semifinal matches in the morning, and all championship matches will be tomorrow night.

For Cataline and Martinez, it is their second straight NCWA All-American honor.

Meanwhile, Bradford Gerl (141) and Preston Brown (157) are still alive as well and competing in the consolation bracket. Both are guaranteed a top eight finish.

Martinez, who finished second last year, defeated Ryne Harris of Lindenwood-Belleville 5-0 to move into the semifinals where he will face Josh Martinez of the Air Force Academy. Martinez has won each of his three matches by either major decision or pin.

Anunciation punched his semifinal ticket with a 5-4 win over Ashton Griffin of Central Florida. He will face Marcus Chevres of The Apprentice in the semis. Chevres has won each of his matches by fall.

Cataline dominated Dylan Lockart of New Hampshire, winning 19-4 to move to the semifinals where he will take on Derek Leiby of Penn College-Tech.

Merrill continues his dominance of the heavyweight bracket. After winning his first two matches by fall in less than 1:30, Merrill moved into the semifinals with a 16-0 win over Ian Jones of The Apprentice. Jones had won both of his previous matches by pin as well. Merrill will take on Daniel Demick of Notre Dame in the semifinals.

 


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