March 13, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - One more Cowboy is headed to the national championships, as the NCAA Division I Wrestling Selection Committee announced Wednesday the addition of Wyoming sophomore Andy McCulley to the 157-pound weight class for the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
McCulley finished third at 157 in the NCAA West Regional on March 9 in Laramie, but that class qualified only the top two spots for the championships. Twenty-nine of the 33 slots in the weight class were set after the weekend, but the selection committee filled the four remaining spots as at-large bids, and McCulley received one of them.
It is the first at-large bid Wyoming has received since 2010, when Cory VomBaur earned one. McCulley went 28-8 this season with a team-leading 11 pins. It is his first career trip to the national championships.
McCulley will join six teammates who qualified for NCAAs already, including sophomore Tyler Cox (125 pounds), senior McCade Ford (141), sophomore Brandon Richardson (149), senior L.J. Helbig (174), sophomore Shane Woods (184) and senior Alfonso Hernandez at 197.
The NCAA Championships will be March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.