Former Ironwood Ridge wrestling standout Danny Vega qualified for the NCAA tournament by advancing to the semifinals of the Big 12 wrestling meet in Tulsa on Saturday.
Vega, the No. 5 seed in the 125-pound competition, lost to Northern Iowa’s Brody Teske, the top seed, in an 8-6 decision. Vega reached the semifinals by pinning No. 4 Killian Cardinale of West Virginia in 5:25.
Vega’s semifinal appearance automatically qualifies him for the NCAA tournament in St. Louis from March 18-20.
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Vega moved into the consolation bracket at the Big 12 meet, which concludes Sunday.
Teske, formerly at Penn State, traveled to Tucson with Nittany Lion teammate Roman Bravo-Young and trained at Jet Sports Training.
Vega also trains at the southside facility owned by former Sunnyside wrestler and football player Bobby Rodriguez.
Bravo-Young is also headed to the NCAA tournament after reaching the semifinals of the Big Ten meet on Saturday.
Vega, a senior, attended Iowa State before transferring to South Dakota State last year.He finished his career at Ironwood Ridge with a 181-3 record. He was a three-time Arizona state champion.
Vega is the son of Danny Vega Sr., who was a state champion wrestler at Sunnyside under Richard Sanchez.
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