Budd, Lightner at NCAA D-II Wrestling Championships



Nick Budd (Gannon University)


Karl Lightner (Shippensburg University)


A trio of college wrestlers with local connections will be in St. Louis, Missouri this week for the NCAA Division II National Championships on Mar. 13-14: Port Allegany sophomore heavyweight Nick Budd (Gannon), Smethport 133-pound sophomore Karl Lightner (Shippensburg), and Budd’s Golden Knights teammate Zack Zelcs from Ridgway, a 174-pound senior making his fourth straight trip to nationals.

Budd (25-11), the Gannon team leader in wins and pins, placed second at at the Super Region One championships at West Liberty University on Feb. 27-28, dropping a 7-2 decision to the top-ranked D-2 heavyweight in the country, Kutztown’s Ziad Haddad, in the championship match.

Lightner (16-8), the son of 1984 PAHS grad and Smethport teacher/coach Christine Lightner, and Zelcs (10-2) each took third to move on.

NCAA DII Wrestling Championships
Brackets (.pdf download)

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