Former Bellmont standout Andrea Hernandez has qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in North Dakota by finishing second in the Mid-South Conference Tournament and 123 pounds.
The Indiana Tech Warriors traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the tournament and finished fourth in the team standings. Hernandez won her quarterfinal match by fall and then reached the finals with a win by injury default. That pitted her against Life University’s Olivia Mottley in the finals at 123, where Hernandez was defeated by tech fall to finish runner-up.
Hernandez now carries a record of 22-5 overall into nationals.
Also competing for the Warriors was Hernandez’s former teammate at Bellmont, Trinity Coyne, at 136 pounds. Coyne lost both of her matches to wrestlers from Campbellsville University and did not place in the event.
The MSC received three allocated spots at 123 for the national tournament, which will feature 16 girls in each weight class.
This year’s event is the inaugural edition of the national championships in the sport for NAIA and the event is set to be held in the Harold Newman Arena in Jamestown, North Dakota on March 10th and 11th.
The seeds and brackets for the national championships will be announced on Friday.