COLUMBUS, Ohio – Malik Heinselman has his eyes set on a second NCAA Championships appearance in as many years. The true sophomore from Colorado is riding a five-match winning streak into the postseason, presumably peaking at the right time to make a run in Piscataway and potentially beyond.
He contributed to the team score and advanced to Day 2 at last season’s NCAA Championships:
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The three-time World Team member is one win shy of 40 through his first two seasons as a Buckeye. Heinselman has registered two major decisions, a tech fall and a pin en route to an overall mark of 15-13 this season. His most recent stretch includes a Greyhound Open title on Feb. 9 followed by a 5-3 victory over Penn State’s Brandon Meredith in front of nearly 16,000 Nittany Lion fans for the dual season finale (Feb. 15).
Heinselman has recorded no less than three wins and reached the podium in each of the three tournaments he’s competed in this season: the Michigan State Open (6th place), Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (8th place) and aforementioned Greyhound Open (champion).
In addition to building a 7-0 lead over No. 18 Jace Kelzer (Northern Colorado) out in Vegas before Koelzer bowed out with an injury default, Heinselman also notched a 7-3 triumph over Michigan’s Jack Medley. The Wolverine is currently ranked No. 22 nationally and pre-seeded fifth for the upcoming Big Ten Championships (March 7-8) where the top-8 placers at 125-pounds earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships.