Ferrum Set to Host NCAA Div. III Wrestling Regional

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

26906927 1187700688041579 5283209197000240471 nFERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum will host the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Southeast Regional Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Virginia. This is the third time in the past four years that Head Coach Nate Yetzer and the Panthers have hosted an NCAA qualifier. 

Ferrum hosted wrestling regional tournaments last year at Franklin County High School and in 2015 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. The Panthers are set to host the 2019 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championship March 8-9 at the Berglund Center. This year's wrestling regional is the 10th time Ferrum has hosted NCAA postseason play.

NCAA Events Hosted by Ferrum 
1988 - Football 1st & 2nd rounds (Rocky Mount, Va.)
1989 - Football 1st round (Rocky Mount, Va.)
1992 - Men's Basketball 1st round (Ferrum) 
1996 - Women's Basketball 1st round (Ferrum)
2004 - Baseball Regional (Martinsville, Va.)
2007 - Baseball Regional (Ferrum)

2014 - Women's Basketball 1st & 2nd rounds (Ferrum) 
2015 - Wrestling Regional (Roanoke, Va.)
2017 - Wrestling Regional (Rocky Mount, Va.)
2018 - Wrestling Regional (Rocky Mount, Va.)

There are six regional wrestling tournaments being contested across the country, with the top three wrestlers in each of 10 weight classes advancing to the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships March 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio. A total of 180 wrestlers will compete in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA's Div. III Southeast Region includes 18 schools from four states (MD, NC, PA, VA)Averett, Delaware Valley, Ferrum, Gettysburg, Greensboro, Hampden-Sydney, Johns Hopkins, King's (PA), Lycoming, McDaniel, Messiah, Penn Tech, Penn State-Behrend, Southern Virginia, Thiel, Washington and Lee, Wilkes, York (PA).

Ferrum won last year's NCAA Div. III East Regional, sending three wrestlers on to the NCAA Tournament; Zach Beckner (125); Collin Saunders (149) and Logan Meister (157). It was the third NCAA Tournament appearance for Meister, who is now an assistant coach at Ferrum. Beckner would close out his rookie campaign with an NCAA runner-up finish.

Live results, video links, photo galleries and more for the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Southeast Regional can be found in the following tournament headquarters link:


Sheriff's Dept. Arrests Two on Meth Charges

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ShawnGuslerROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Sheriff's Department says they arrested two people on drug charges after searching for a wanted person in Rocky Mount Wednesday.

Shawn Dean Gusler, 32, of Rocky Mount was found by investigators with the department's narcotics unit in the 1800 block of North Main Street and arrested on an outstanding assault warrant. Gusler was also arrested for possession of methamphetamine, according to Captain Phillip Young.

Investigators also arrested Shannon Lynn Ilconich, 34, of Roanoke for the possession of a schedule III narcotic, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 



Henry Man Killed in Head-On Crash

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fatalCrash55HENRY CO. - Virginia State Police say a head-on crash between a pickup truck and an SUV killed a Henry man Monday evening.

Police say Ronald David Webb, 62 was driving a 1980 Toyota pickup south on Route 108 when it crossed the center line and hit a 2012 Toyota Rav4 traveling north. 

Webb was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The driver of the Rav4 was taken to a hospital for injuries in the crash. 

The crash is still under investigation.