Matthew Waddell’s wrestling season will continue at the NCAA Division I Championships next week.
Waddell, who wrestles at the University of Tennessee — Chattanooga, finished second in the 184-pound weight class at Sunday’s Southern Conference Championships in Boone, N.C.
The Southern Conference receives two NCAA allocations at the 184-pound weight class, which makes Waddell Gilmer County’s first-ever wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships.
Waddell was seeded No. 2 and advanced to the 184-pound conference finals by pinning VMI’s Max Gallahan in the first round and doing the same to Davidson’s Gavin Henry in the semifinals.
Andrew Morgan (ranked No. 8 nationally) of Campbell University was seeded No. 1 and pinned his way to the finals as well where he defeated Waddell, 10-2.
Seeds for the NCAA Championships will be unveiled Wednesday at Ncaa.com. The tournament will be held March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
Waddell is currently the No. 16 nationally ranked 184-pound wrestler and has a 22-9 record.