Southern Illinois University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. (March 29, 2021) – The Southern Illinois University duo of Thomas Johns of Carbondale, Illinois and Andrew Novotney of Peru, Illinois, earned the win on Friday at the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. The victory awarded the SIU bass club $2,000 and qualified the duo to compete in the 2022 College Fishing National Championship.


1st Southern Illinois University Thomas Johns of Carbondale, Ill.
Andrew Novotney of Peru, Ill.
5 19-11 $2,000
2nd Greenville University Hannah Hill of Centralia, Ill.
Nate Overocker of Dana, Ill.
5 18-1 $1,000
3rd Tarleton State University Kasen Keese of Stephenville, Texas 5 17-6 $500
4th Drury University Brock Bila of Overland Park, Kan.
Jack Rankin of Manhattan, Kan.
5 17-5 $500
5th Missouri State University Keegan Barger of Springfield, Mo.
Jackson Donato of St. Charles, Mo.
5 17-1 $500
6th Kansas State University Michael Mueting of Lincoln, Neb.
Zach Vielhauer of Shawnee, Kan.
5 16-5
7th Kansas State University Justin Janzing of Wichita, Kan.
Austin Wiley of Manhattan, Kan.
5 16-2
8th Rogers State University Tanner Bracken of Louisville, Ky.
Tyler Dunlap of Chelsea, Okla.
5 16-1
9th Bellarmine University Ryan Kleine-Kracht of Louisville, Ky.
Kaden Woo of Louisville, Ky.
5 16-0
10th Drury University Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Mo.
Cameron Smith of Nixa, Mo.
5 15-11
*Top 10 teams advance to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship
Complete results for the entire field can be found at


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The event was the first of three qualifying tournaments for Central Conference anglers and was hosted by Explore Branson.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.