Shymere Vessels completes a tackle against Endicott

Shymere Vessels completes a tackle against Endicott

Wesley College earned an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, and will host Framingham State on Saturday.

This will be the second meeting between the Wolverines and Rams, with Wesley winning the opening game of the 2015 NCAA Tournament 44-22.

The Wolverines earned their 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 15 years by running off a 9-1 record, with their only loss coming to Salisbury, a team that is the top seed in a different 8-team bracket.

There were only 5 at-large bids for teams that did not win the automatic bid in the 27 Division III conferences that go to the tournament, and Wesley's wins over regionally-ranked Delaware Valley and Endicott, along with a strong strength of schedule, boosted Wesley's admission chances.

Framingham won the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 8-2 record.

The winner of Wesley/Framingham State will take on the winner of Bridgewater and Delaware Valley. Bridgewater is 10-0 on the season, while Delaware Valley won their last 9 games after the 4-overtime heartbreaker to Wesley.

The other side of Wesley's region features some familiar names, including being headlined by top seed Mount Union. They'll host Hanover in the opening round. That winner will take on North Central or Wabash in the second round.

Wesley has won at least one postseason game in the past 14 years, and they'll hope to go 15 for 15 on Saturday at Noon when they host Framingham State, a game you'll hear on WDEL.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

(All Games Start at Noon Local)

Mount Union Region

Hanover (9-1) at Mount Union (10-0)

Wabash (7-3) at North Central (9-1)

FRAMINGHAM STATE (8-2) AT WESLEY (9-1)

Delaware Valley (9-1) at Bridgewater (10-0)

Second Round

Mount Union winner vs. North Central winner

Wesley winner vs. Bridgewater winner

Salisbury Region

SUNY Maritime (5-5) at Salisbury (9-0)

Case Western Reserve (9-1) at Union (10-0)

MIT (7-2) at Muhlenberg (10-0)

Brockport (8-2) at Western New England (9-1)

Second Round

Salisbury winner vs. Union winner

Muhlenberg winner vs. Western New England winner

(Mount Union and Salisbury regions will meet in national semifinals)

MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR REGION

Redlands (9-1) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0), 1pmET

Huntingdon (7-3) at Berry (9-1)

Monmouth IL (7-2) at Wisconsin-Whitewater (9-1), 1pmET

Wartburg (8-1) at Hope (9-1), 1pmET

Second Round

UMHB winner vs. Berry winner

Whitewater winner vs. Hope winner

WHEATON REGION

Martin Luther (9-1) at Wheaton (10-0), 1pmET

Wisconsin-Oshkosh (8-2) at Central IA (9-1), 1pmET

Linfield (8-1) at Chapman (9-0), 3pmET

Aurora (9-1) at St. John's MN (9-1), 1pmET

(Salisbury Region will face Wheaton Region in national semifinals)

WESLEY NOTE: Former Middletown QB Drew Fry was named NJAC Rookie of the Week after throwing 2 touchdowns against Christopher Newport in his first significant action of his freshman year.