Strickland finishes sixth in tournament
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State scored 18.5 points and moved from 22nd to 18th in the 24-team field, filled with some of the nation's best teams.
Strickland finished 5-3, which included matches against four ranked opponents. He opened with a 4-3 win over N.C. State's Nijel Jones, who was ranked ninth overall.
Strickland followed with a win over fifth-seeded Cody Yohn of Minnesota.
With five victories and advancing into the consolation semifinals, Strickland suffered back-to-back setbacks against third-seeded Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State and sixth-seeded Zach Toal of Missouri, putting Strickland in sixth place.