Two Former MVC Wrestlers Perfom Well at US Open

4 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 24 2013 Apr 24, 2013 Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6:23:00 PM CDT April 24, 2013 in Sports

MARSHALL -- Two former Missouri Valley College male wrestlers took part in the 2013 US Open in Las Vegas, Nev., both finishing in third place in their respective weight classes.

Nathan Engel, a former all-American at MVC, took third place in the 55kg weight class at the tournament. Engel has been wrestling for the Army WCAP for the past three years and is considered one of the top competitors in the world in his weight class.

Brian Graham, a National finalist and two-time all American at MVC, took third place in the 66kg weight class. Graham wrestles for the Minnesota Storm Wrestling Club. This was his first time competing in the US Open.

"This is a great accomplishment for Nathan and Brian and for the MVC wrestling program," head men's wrestling coach Mike Machholz said. "As their former coach I can say that seeing MVC represented on this level is a great honor."

Engel and Graham will now prepare for world team trials that take place in June, and could potentially use their performances at the US Open to wrestle on the world stage, including future Olympics.

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