Trio of Dana wrestlers reach NAIA nationals


POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2009

Ryan ”;Bulla”; Tuzon (Baldwin '05) will have company in the NAIA wrestling national championships.

The Dana College (Neb.) junior will be joined by teammates Torey Seminara (Pearl City '05) and Travis Okano (Lahainaluna '08) in the season-ending meet March 5-7 in Oklahoma City.

Seminara qualified for the national championships in the Briar Cliff Open last Saturday.

He opened the tournament with three consecutive wins in the 149-pound division, including a pinfall victory over Jake McClure of Sioux Falls, before losing to the No. 1 seed. He lost his next two matches, but sixth place was still good enough to qualify.

Freshman Tyler Lauifi (Pearl City '08) wasn't as fortunate, just missing out on qualifying. He opened the tournament with two consecutive victories, but was knocked out of the championship bracket by Spencer Bauer. He won his next match by decision and needed to beat Matt Meuleners for a chance to qualify, but lost a 13-1 decision.

Tuzon, Seminara and Okino competed a day earlier in a dual meet against Sioux Falls. Tuzon defeated Tyler Reibsamen by technical fall, 18-3, at 165 pounds, and Seminara pinned McClure in 22 seconds at 149. Okino came up just short against Chris Strand at 125 pounds, losing a 5-4 decision, but the Vikings won the meet 35-10.



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