CBC Mustang wrestling team qualifies one wrestler
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBC) -- Central Baptist College Mustang wrestling team traveled to Baldwin, KS to compete in the 2013 Central Regional Tournament. The one day tournament was hosted by Baker University and was got on the way Saturday February 16th at 9am.
Central Baptist College mustangs entered the tournament having a full line of 12 wrestlers for the first time since starting the wrestling program in 2010-2011 wrestling season. The mustangs battled tough finishing the tournament tied at 10th place with Benedictine College. Red-shirt junior John Lopez ended the tournament with a 6th place finish and sophomore Travis Shelnutt finished 4th in the Regional tournament.
Congratulations to sophomore Travis Shelnutt of the Mustang Wrestling team. A native of Morris, AL Shelnutt stepped in the CBC wrestling program as a dominating force to be wrecking with his freshman year for the mustangs. Travis entered the 2012 post-season with a winning record but was defeated by injury three days before the 2012 NAIA Central Regional Tournament.
Shelnutt was focused not to allow last year's set back to repeat itself. Travis entered the 2013 Central Regional Tournament with an overall 18-16 record and wrestled a tough tournament to proclaim the first regional tournament placer for the mustangs in the young history of the wrestling program.
Travis battled tough this past weekend wrestling back after losing in the second round he was able to regroup and continued battling for a spot to the 2013 NAIA National tournament. At the end of the day, Travis claimed his ticket to the national championships by placing 4th at the 125Ibs weight class.
Coach Prophete said "I am not surprised at Travis's success, he is a hard working guy and earned every win that is on his record. Travis is going to have a good national tournament and I am looking forward to coach him here in two weeks." Shelnutt will be entering that 2013 NAIA National Championship with a 21-18 record and will be place as a 4th seed in the tournament.
Just falling short of qualifying was Red-shirt Junior John Lopez. Lopez is a two time national qualifier for the CBC mustangs and was a match away from claiming an All-American status in the 2012 NAIA National tournament. Lopez fell short of returning back to national for a third time and ended his junior year with a 20-18 record and a 6th place finish at the regional tournament. Coach Prophete said
"This was a tough one for me to swallow, so I am can only imagine how he feels. As hard as it is for Lopez and other guys on the team that just did not quite make it, this is not the end of the road for John or the other 10 wrestler that will be returning back into the line-up next season."
The mustangs ended their regular season with an over dual record of 7 - 13 and had a number of guys place and varies tournament throughout the season.
Coach Prophete had this to say "Though we only have one guy qualified for the national tournament the overall season was not great but it wasn't bad, it leaves plenty of room to grow and we will continue to develop and grow each year."
Coach Prophete and 125Ibs wrestler Travis Shelnutt will travel to Des Moines, IA for the 2013 NAIA National tournament February 27th wrestling is set to begin Friday March 1st and conclude Saturday March 2nd.