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Egli earns national spot

WICHITA, Kan. — In his final season on the mat, Jonah Egli is just glad he will be competing for a national title.

Egli, a 2016 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, will compete in the NAIA national tournament for the second straight season.

The Morningside 174-pounder earned the No. 9 seed after a 17-1 campaign.

“We have been so blessed that the NAIA decided to go through with the 2021 national tournament,” Egli said. “I know some very talented wrestlers who have been stripped of the opportunity to compete at nationals because, unfortunately, the NCAA decided to cancel the Division III national tournament.”

Egli, who is ranked eighth, is competing in his second straight NAIA tournament. He was sixth a year ago.

“I feel really great going into the national tournament,” Egli said. “I thank God for the success that I have been able to have this year,” Egli said. “He has blessed me with an outstanding support system.

“This whole season has been so much fun thanks to my great teammates and an even better coaching staff.”

Egli was a two-time medalist for the Dodgers. In his final season he went 40-8 and placed fifth. He was sixth as a junior with a 40-7 season.

Now in his final season with a successful Morningside program, Egli is looking to finish strong. He will face Trace Timmons (9-3) of Missouri Baptist in the first round.

“We have been very dominant all season and have been having so much fun doing what we love,” Egli said. “It was a great confidence booster to capture a conference title and I believe the five guys that we qualified this year will continue to dominate and have fun at nationals.”

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