As the world of college wrestling descends upon Oklahoma City later this month, a local connection will begin his journey to a title at 174 pounds.
Former Centerville Big Reds wrestler Mikey England picked up a pin in 6:05 over Kent State’s Caleb Marsh for fifth place at the Mid American Conference Championships on Sunday.
That win punched England’s ticket to the big show — the NCAA Division I College Wrestling Tournament.
After a first round bye, England fell to Central Michigan’s Mike Ottinger by a 5-4 decision. Scoring was sparse in the first two periods of the match. In the second period, Ottinger picked up an escape point, but England only trailed by one after the first two periods.
Scoring ramped up in period 3, however. Both wrestlers earned four points in the period. England scored points from two escapes and a takedown while Ottinger received his points by a takedown, stalling point and reversal.
England would come back to win back-to-back matches in the first round of consolations.
England would record a 10-2 decision over Buffalo’s Rrok Ndokaj before he pinned Eastern Michigan’s Jacob Davis in 2:54.
Northern Iowa’s Cody Caldwell would make a third period comeback to take a 3-2 decision over England in the consolation semifinals.
That loss would send England to a must-win fifth place match against Marsh, which England would win with a third period pin after the two wrestlers were tied at 2-2 after two periods.
During his career at Centerville High School, Mikey England was a four-time Iowa Class 2A place-winner, becoming the Class 2-A State Champion in his senior year. His career record was 174-26.
England began his college wrestling career with Iowa State, where he redshirted his freshman year and received some wrestling experience last season.
England transferred to Missouri University for this season, where he is the starting wrestling at 174 pounds.