The Northwestern wrestling team competed in the North Central Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Red Raiders earned fourth place, scoring 92.5 points. Sophomore Nic Leither led the Raiders with a second place in the 197-pound weight class. Sophomore Matt Dowell and senior Levi Price added third place finishes at 141 and 149, respectively. Fourth places were awarded to freshman Luke Evjen at 165 and junior Brad Hughes at 285. Freshman Diego Quintana finished in fifth place in the 125-pound class, and junior David Carter also finished fifth at 174.
Nine Raider wrestlers have qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, including Quintana (125-pounds), Dowell (141), freshman Jerod Flores (141), Price (149), senior Brian Heiberger (157), Evjen (165), Carter (174), Leither (197) and Hughes (285). The tournament will start on Thursday, March 4, in Oklahoma City.