Ironwood Ridge grad Vega qualifies for NCAAs after reaching Big 12 semis

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.

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.

Danny Vega is bound for the NCAA tournament at 125 pounds (South Dakota State photo)

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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