INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Gardner-Webb fifth-year senior Austin Trott earned an at-large bid Tuesday afternoon to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships In St. Louis, marking his third trip to the national event.
Gardner-Webb will send three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Fifth-year seniors Hunter Gamble (McDonough, Ga. / Union Grove HS) and Ryan Mosley (Stone Mountain, Ga. / Shiloh HS) qualified for the event on Saturday at the SoCon Championships.
Trott (Kingsland, Ga. / Camden County HS) was one of five at-large selections at 174 pounds, joined by Peter Galli (Stanford), Jordan Pagano (Rutgers), Nick Reenan (NC State) and Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State).
It is Trott's third trip to the NCAA Championships. He qualified in 2014 and 2016 at 165 pounds.
Gamble earned one of the SoCon's three allocations at 184 pounds with his third-place finish and Mosley earned one of the league's two allocations by winning his first Southern Conference title at 157 pounds. Both Gamble and Mosley will make their second appearance at the NCAA Championships, with Gamble doing so at 174 pounds in 2013 and Mosley earning a spot at 149 pounds in 2015.
Trott (22-6) has 93 career wins during his time at Gardner-Webb, including a 20-5 mark in Southern Conference action. That includes 23 pins over the past four seasons. He captured the 2016 SoCon Championship at 165 pounds.
Gamble (24-6) has 85 career wins at Gardner-Webb and is currently ranked No. 18 nationally at 184 pounds by Intermat, No. 17 nationally by TrackWrestling and No. 19 nationally by FloWrestling.
Gamble, the 2013 Southern Conference champion at 174 pounds, finished fifth at the 2017 Southern Scuffle in January and was 15-3 in duals this season.
Mosley (26-10) has 94 career wins at Gardner-Webb – including a 30-win campaign in 2015 when he earned a spot at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis while wrestling at 149 pounds.
This season, Mosley battled to a 26-10 mark, which included a stellar run to his first Southern Conference title. Seeded fourth entering Saturday's action, Mosley knocked off the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded wrestlers en route to his perfect 3-0 day.
His performance earned Mosley the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
The action begins on Thursday morning, March 16 at the Scottrade Center – the 19,150-seat arena that serves as home to the NHL's St. Louis Blues as well as numerous other sporting events and concerts.
This March marks the eighth time the arena has hosted the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.