‘Crushed:’ Graduating wrestler loses chance at NCAA title; Troy Keller’s collegiate career likely over due to coronavirus-related cancellations
March 18, 2020


Troy Keller was preparing to make a presentation in his field ecology class last week when he discovered some shocking news: the NCAA canceled its Division-I college wrestling championships.

Keller, a back-to-back 165 lb. Mid-American Conference champion, was looking forward to competing for the school’s first All-American honor since 2004. But instead, he was told that his career would be ending, but “not on his own terms.”

“I broke down in class, just realizing that my wrestling career just ended while I was sitting in class,” Keller said. “I didn’t really know how to take it. I got pretty upset until I had to leave. So that was probably the worst situation possible for me.”