• Sebastían Justiniano Leigue

Five BCU Wrestlers Qualified for The National Tournament

Briar Cliff University’s Wrestling team had an outstanding season as five members of the team qualified for the national tournament.

Ben Peters, Chris Paulsen, CaRon Watson, Jeremiah Glise, and Caleb Shanks were qualified for the national tournament and were named 2021 Wrestling All-GPAC team.

Joseph Privitere, head coach of the Chargers Wrestling team, highlighted the hard work the wrestlers put in to get to this point.

“They all worked very hard this year and earned the position they are in,” Privitere says. “The coach in me is always going to want more and we will continue to improve going forward.”

Ben Peters, a junior from Mesa, Arizona, qualified for the national tournament for the first time in his college career.

“When I found out I was going to nationals, I was very excited about it. The hard work I put in finally paid off,” Peters says. “I was just really happy with myself and my performance. I am looking forward to continuing to perform well at the national tournament.”

Peters also referred to his performance this season in a very positive way, comparing it to the previous two years in which he did not qualify for nationals.

“Obviously my first year I was only a freshman who did not have any experience, but I still worked hard, and the coaches decided to put me in the ‘starting 12’ that get to go and compete. My sophomore year, I cannot say that I did not give my all throughout practices and the season, but when I showed up to the GPAC tournament I was just not in the right place mentally,” Peters says. “This year, I came in with the right place of mind and that’s been the difference.”

On the other hand, Chris Paulsen, a senior from Raymond, Iowa, qualified for nationals for his fourth time in a row.

“I feel pretty good. I have been feeling good with my training and I like my chances. My goal is to win the National Championship; be Briar Cliff’s first,” said Paulsen. “I am excited to compete to put on a show for The Cliff.”

Paulsen has been one match away, twice now, from being an All-American. Also, he is trying to improve his wrestling skills in order make it further in the national tournament.

“It’s been a recurring thing. I am trying to ‘get that monkey’ off my back,” said Paulsen. “I have been working extra, dialed in in the wrestling room to practice, and changing a couple of things up to really up my game to another level.”

The national tournament will take place in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend, March 5th and 6th.

For more information, visit Briar Cliff University’s athletics web page.

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