Junior Gage Branson and first-year student Brandon Lucas became the first Bellarmine University wrestlers to earn victories at the DII NCAA Championships on March 8 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
They also became the first Bellarmine wrestlers to secure two wins at nationals. Both Branson, at 149, and Lucas, at 125, went 2-2 while providing Bellarmine its first presence at the NCAA Championships in the three years of the program. In addition, Bellarmine earned its first-ever GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award in the sport. Sams was the team’s individual honoree