Two THS alumni to compete in Division 1 NCAA wrestling championships

THS GRADS AMONG COUNTRY’S TOP 33 WRESTLERS — Landon Pelham (right), Tecumseh High School (THS) class of 2016, and Drew Marten, THS class of 2017, will aim for the All-American title after qualifying for the D1 NCAA National Wrestling Championships set to begin March 19. See story on page 7A. Photo Submitted.

Central Michigan University (CMU) Athletics has announced that Landon Pelham of the Tecumseh High School (THS) class of 2016 and Drew Marten of the THS class of 2017 have earned top-four placements in their weight classes, qualifying them to wrestle in the Division 1 NCAA National Wrestling Championship later this month.

The two teammates competed against athletes from 14 other universities at the Mid-American Conference Championship tournament in DeKalb, Ill. on Sunday, March 8, which led to their placements and qualificaton for the national championship.

Pelham and Marten have been wrestling together in Michigan and across the country since before middle school. As student-athletes at THS, they both won Michigan Individual Division 2 Wrestling State Championship titles in March 2016. They have been teammates and Division 1 student-athletes at CMU for the last three years.

Pelham is a redshirt junior studying business who wrestles in the 197-pound weight class. A recent NCAA coaches’ poll ranked him among the top 30 197-pounders in the country. He placed fourth in the semifinal round of his bracket at the Mid-American Conference tournament, with two of his three victories by first period pin falls.

Marten is a redshirt sophomore who wrestles in the 133-pound weight class. He studies biochemistry at CMU. Unseeded in the conference tournament, he lost in the first round to the eventual champion but followed up with three victories in a row, including one pin, a major decision, and a 5-0 win over the bracket’s fourth seeded wrestler. He finished in third place.

“The D1 NCAA National Wrestling Championships will take place March 19 through 21 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Only 33 athletes from across the nation in each of the 10 college weight classes earn the right to compete in the prestigious tournament. It is considered to be the pinnacle of collegiate wrestling. The top eight finishers in each weight class obtain the coveted All-American title,” stated the story on the Central Michigan Athletics website.


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