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Skillings qualifies for NCAA Wrestling Tourney

MINNEAPOLIS  -- St. Olaf College's Justin Skillings (157 pounds) and Joseph Waples (165) each earned trips to the  NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships by finishing second at  Saturday's NCAA Great Lakes Regional. St. Olaf finished seventh as a team.

Skillings -- a former Frazee wrestler -- lost a 5-0 decision to top-ranked Jason Adams of  Augsburg in the winner's bracket final.

He then picked up a 6-4 win over  Dan Hamilton of Elmhurst in the runner-up match to earn the trip to the  NCAA's.

The fourth-seeded Waples, who upset top-ranked Matt  Baarson of Saint John's 11-10 in the semifinals, lost a 14-6 major  decision to Augsburg's Orlando Ponce in the final.

Because Baarson won the  loser's bracket, Waples did not have to wrestle again.

St. Olaf  also had a strong performance from Ryan Timmermann at 133.

Timmerman lost his quarterfinal match but battled back and won the fifth place match and  was 4-2 in the event.

Skillings and Waples will compete at the  NCAA's March 5-6, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

(Article by Mike Ludwig, St. Olaf College).