GRR: Wheeling University
After Principia was rolling through the competition in the Big Rivers and earning the bye week before the playoffs, you'd have been forgiven for thinking the conference final was a foregone conclusion.
Wheeling University raced past Marian 39-30 to win their Big Rivers Conference semifinal Saturday evening in West Virginia.
Wheeling led almost the entire game, but it wasn't until the late minutes of the game that they had a cushion they could be happy with—Marian kept plugging away and would not be dismissed.
It remains tight in the Big Rivers as we saw three competitive games in this NCR D1 conference.
Marian were pipped 26-21 by Principia to move the Thunder Chickens to 2-0 in the conference and dropping the Knights to 1-1.
Wheeling defeated Thomas More 36-22 to open their conference account.
Thomas More won the latest Big Rivers 7s on a last-minute try from Ta'Veon Veal to beat Principia.
That 21-15 result clinched the tournament for TMU and puts them in a good position to qualify for the CRC in May.
Who else has been doing well in men's college 7s this spring?
Wheeling University ran the table at the Pitt Dome 7s over the weekend.
Played at the University of Pittsburgh's inflatable-covered turf field, the tournament is a chance for teams in cold-weather climes to get some rugby in.
Wheeling 31-0 over Pitt