Six of 13 Cougars survived the first day of the competitive tournament with two of them still alive in the championship round.
Blake Nauman at 138 pounds and Tyler Beaulac at 182 pounds will get their shot at winning a championship when action begins this morning at the Reno Livestock Events Center.
Making it to the consolation bracket were Rito Hernandez (132), Zach Perez (145), Brik Hesley (195) and Chase Hauder (heavyweights).
Reed will also be represented on the final day of the SNC as two-time defending champion Spencer Empey leads the way at 220 pounds. Freshman 106-pounder Chase Heit is the other Raider to make it out of the first day.
“We had some guys start off the first round with a loss, and it’s tough to battle back that way in a big tournament like this,” Reed wrestling coach Dan Barraza said. “We had a lot of guys with two or three wins, but needed a fourth. It was good overall for them and their development. They are all moving in the right direction.”
Wrestling begins again this morning at 9:30 a.m. The finals are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.