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Two Teams Disqualified From Abu Garcia College Fishing National Championship

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced updated results from the 2024 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship at Lake Toho after two teams were disqualified. 

Following the conclusion of the event, evidence was presented to MLF Tournament Director Kevin Hunt that the University of Montevallo team of Brandon Berry and Hunter Bright, as well as the Dallas Baptist University team of Braxon Hightower and Luke Wenger, had violated rule No. 12, which states that “ Alabama rigs and similar umbrella-type rigs are limited to a maximum of five wires with a maximum of five spinners, five lures and three hooks (single or treble) unless state regulations are more restrictive, in which case state regulations prevail.”

As a result of the violations, each team’s catch during both days of the weather-shortened event was disqualified. 

The University of Montevallo team of Berry and Bright finished third in the event and were slated to advance to the 2024 Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers for a shot at winning a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro with a 115-horsepower outboard. As a result of this disqualification, the University of Montevallo team of Nicholas Dumke and Easton Fothergill move from fourth place into the third-place spot and will advance to the 2024 Toyota Series Championship to compete as co-anglers.

“This is tragic for both teams who inadvertently violated the rule,” said Kevin Hunt, MLF Tournament Director. “However, we have an obligation to our anglers and the sport to enforce the rules, in letter and intent, without exception. We encourage all our anglers to know and understand the rules for each circuit and tournament they participate in and to adhere to those rules to ensure a quality tournament.”

Updated standings for the top 10 teams on Lake Toho are: 

1st:     Adrian College – Braylon Eggerding and Lucas Washburn, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., 10 bass, 42-4, $43,500
2nd:    Campbellsville University – Carter Doren of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ryan Lachniet of Gum Spring, Va., 10 bass, 42-3, $33,500
3rd:     University of Montevallo – Nicholas Dumke and Easton Fothergill, both of Grand Rapids, Minn., 10 bass, 38-9, $3,000
4th:     Emmanuel University – Robert Miller of Savannah, Ga., and John Micheal Ortman of Douglas, Ga., 10 bass, 38-4, $2,000
5th:     Florida Gateway College – Bryson O’Steen of Live Oak, Fla., 10 bass, 37-3, $1,000
6th:     University of Montevallo – Neal Braddy of Ailey, Ga., and Merritt Arnold of Watkinsville, Ga., 10 bass, 37-0, $1,000
7th:     Carson-Newman University – Ben Cully of Rockwall, Texas, and Hayden Gaddis of Seymour, Tenn., 10 bass, 36-8, $1,000
8th:     Tarleton State-Stephenville – Garett Cadenhead of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jared Mizell of Pearland, Texas, 10 bass, 36-3, $1,000
9th:      Adrian College – Gerald Brumbaugh of Martinsburgh, Penn., and Mitchell Straffon of Fenton, Mich., 10 bass, 35-0, $1,000
10th:   University of North Alabama – Dylan Nutt and Carter Nutt of Nashville, Tenn., 10 bass, 34-12, $1,000

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Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

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