PEMBROKE — When NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced on March 12 that they had canceled all remaining winter and spring championship events for the 2019-20 athletic …
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PEMBROKE — When NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors announced on March 12 that they had canceled all remaining winter and spring championship events for the 2019-20 athletic season, chances of Goldston’s Nick Daggett and his UNC-Pembroke wrestling team competing for a national title in the NCAA Division II ranks were gone out the window.
Daggett prepped at Chatham Central High School for coach Joe Little and finished his high school career with a 171-7 (.961) record and turned in a perfect 36-0 clip as a senior on the way to his third-straight 1A state championship. He entered is year’s national championships scheduled to begin March 13 at the Denny Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a 21-5 record thus far in his junior campaign.
Daggett (125 pounds), Logan Seliga (133) and Nick Kee (197) all had posted unblemished runs through their respective tournaments, while three of their teammates registered runner-up finishes, to lead a dominating performance for the UNC Pembroke wrestling team that helped the Braves capture the NCAA Super Region II title back on Saturday, February 29 at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court in Pembroke to punch their tickets to the nationals.
Thus far in three seasons for the Braves, Daggett has posted an overall mark of 82-27, primarily in the 125 class though the local product has also competed up in the 133 class on occasion.
Dagget, a biology major at UNC-Pembroke, is the son of Tina and Morris Daggett. His brother, James, also wrestled at Chatham Central.
NCAA Division II Super Regiona II 125 Pounds Results
#9 Nick Daggett (UNCP) tech. fall Mitchell McGhee (Emmanuel) TF 16-0
#9 Nick Daggett (UNCP) pinned John Watts (Coker) F 3:40
#9 Nick Daggett (UNCP) dec. Melvin Rubio (Queens) D 13-6