No. 1 ranked Mount Union will host Christopher Newport (Va.) University in an NCAA Division III first round playoff game at noon Saturday at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
Mount Union, ranked No. 1 in both the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com rankings, is also ranked No. 1 in the NCAA North Region rankings, which are used to determine seeding and at-large teams.
The Purple Raiders are 10-0 overall and one of 24 conference champions to claim an automatic bid as Mount Union won its 21st straight and 24th overall Ohio Athletic Conference championship with a 9-0 record.
Mount Union has a 73-13 record in NCAA playoff games. The Raiders have advanced to the Stagg Bowl 15 times and have won a record 10 National Championships.
Christopher Newport is 6-4 overall and in the tournament after winning the USA South Conference title and its automatic bid. The Captains started football in 2001 and have made eight playoff appearance with a 3-7 record in post-season play.
To reserve tickets, call 330-829-4100. The phone line will be open today, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tickets priced at $8 for adults and $4 for students.
Pre-ordered tickets will be available for pickup on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus and at the will call window at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.
Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore won the 197-pound weight class Sunday at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing. Kilgore defeated Andrew Campolattano, an unattached wrestler from Ohio State, in the open division first place match by major decision, 17-8.
Casey Newburg of the Golden Flashes also was a champion, winning the 184-pound open title over Brandon Johnson of Notre Dame College in South Euclid, 2-1.
Former Walsh Jesuit wrestler Johnni DiJulius, an unattached wrestler from Ohio State, finished second in the open 133-pound weight class.
The Golden Flashes also announced the addition of Clint Musser as a volunteer assistant.
Musser was an assistant coach both at Perry and Walsh Jesuit high schools. As a wrestler with the Warriors, Musser was a four-time finalist and three-time state champion.
In college, Musser was runner-up as a senior at 157 pounds for Penn State and was three-time NCAA qualifier with 123 lifetime victories.
Two former local high school football stars earned honors this season at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Senior tight end Josh Masters and junior safety Zach Barley were selected First Team Capitol One Academic All-District 7 and qualify for the All-American ballot.
Masters, an Archbishop Hoban graduate, is a business administration major with a 3.58 grade point average.
Barley, a Hudson graduate, is a neuroscience and psychology major with a 3.85 GPA and a three-year contributor to the Yellow Jackets.