Ex-Husker OL Tanner Farmer loses in NAIA heavyweight final
PARK CITY, Kan. (AP) — Tanner Farmer, the former Nebraska football player wrestling for Concordia University, lost in the heavyweight championship match at the NAIA tournament Saturday night.
Brandon Reed of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) scored a 5-3 sudden victory over the previously unbeaten Farmer to successfully defend his national championship. The match was tied 3-3 after Farmer surrendered a point for stalling late in the third period.
Farmer was a three-year starter on the Nebraska offensive line. He enrolled for graduate courses at Concordia last fall and became a volunteer football assistant with the Bulldogs after going through tryouts with two teams in the NFL and one in the CFL. He discovered that under National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic rules he had one semester of eligibility if he wanted to compete in a sport other than football.
A two-time state champion for Highland High School in Illinois in 2013-14, he approached wrestling coach Levi Calhoun about joining the team.
Farmer was named Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestler of the year and took a 26-0 record into his final.