, Muskogee, OK

February 20, 2013

Bacone wrestler qualifies for nationals

Phoenix Staff Reports

Bacone’s Zack Pilkington’s fifth-place finish at Saturday’s NAIA Regional wrestling tournament in Baker, Kan., qualified him for the NAIA nationals March 1 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Zack Pilkington finished fifth at 133 pounds and sophomore Tyler Klinkhammer took sixth at 141 pounds.

Pilkington, a freshman from Lusby, Md., defeated Alan Gassman out of Baker College 9-6 for fifth place and punch his ticket to the national tournament.

“Overall, we were disappointed in the results of the team,”  Bacone coach Brett Oleson added. “We felt we had a good shot to qualify six but it just didn’t work out that way.”