MVC Men's Wrestling Competes in Minnesota Saturday

Posted December 14, 2013

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Marshall, Mo. (December 14, 2013)- The No. 3 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team travelled north to St. Cloud, Minnesota Saturday to compete in the Husky Open. MVC wrestled against a mixture of NCAA and NAIA programs. The Vikings finished with seven medalists at the event led by a second place finisher.


In the 125 pound weight class Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) advanced to the championship quarterfinals with a 10-8 overtime decision victory over Dallas Collier of St. Cloud State. In the quarterfinals Welch was defeated by Ronzel Darling of University of Wisconsin-Parkside in a 17-11 decision. Welch then won his first consolation bracket match over Andre Aguinaga of the University of Jamestown by a 14-0 major decision. Welch was eliminated in the consolation third round in a first period pin by Jarred Oftedahl of St. Cloud State. Also at 125 pounds No. 5 Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) advanced through the championship bracket with a first round 10-8 decision victory over Oftedahl, then earned a quarterfinals victory by a 15-4 major decision over Tirso Lara who was wrestling Unattached. In the semifinals, Stearns was defeated by Joel Salomon of St. Cloud State in a 9-0 decision. In the third place match Stearns won by medical forfeit over Ronzel Darling of Wisconsin-Parkside. Kevin Bonilla lost his first match at 125 pounds to Mike Fuenfinnger of Augsburg University by a 9-5 decision. Bonilla then picked up consolation bracket victories over Ben Kollaja of St. Johns University by a 15-0 technical fall and a first period pin of Lara. In the consolation semifinals, Bonilla won in a second period pin of Dallas Collier of St. Cloud State, but lost to Oftedahl in the fifth place match in a first period pin.


At 141 pounds Junior Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) advanced with a first round 10-1 major decision over Jordan Getschmann of Rochester Community College and a quarterfinals third period pin over Zach Skarda of Wisconsin-Parkside. Bitney then won his semifinal matchup over Marcus Hamer of Augsburg in a 5-3 decision, but was defeated in the championship match by Joe Munos of Rochester Community College in a 10-8 decision to finish the event in second place.


In the 157 pound weight class Junior Jared Sterling (Tacoma, Wash.) was eliminated after two matches, losing in the first round to Will Keeter of Augsburg by a 7-3 decision then losing to Bryce Robbins of Waldorf College in a 10-8 decision.


In the 165 pound weight class Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) advanced with a first round second period pin of Cory Berry of Rochester Community College. Martinez then lost to Justin Bowland in the quarterfinals by a 5-4 decision, but advanced in the consolation bracket with an 18-2 technical fall victory over MVC’s James Smith. In the consolation semifinals, Martinez earned a first period pin victory over Zach Pickering of University of Jamestown and then won the fifth place match over Damien Luchterhand of St. Cloud State by medical forfeit. Sophomore James Smith (Platte City, Mo.) was defeated in his first round match in a first period pin by Nick Fishback of Wisconsin-Parkside. Smith then defeated Russell Laboe who was wrestling Unattached in a 7-4 decision before being eliminated by Martinez.


Two wrestlers competed in the 184 pound weight class and Freshman Clark Poston (Essex Junction, Vt.) lost his opening match in a third period pin to Clayton Jennissen of St. Cloud State. Poston then had a consolation bracket bye before defeating Kyle Spengler of St. Johns University in a 5-3 overtime decision. Poston was eliminated one round later in the consolation semifinals after being pinned by Brock Binversie of Waldorf College in the first period. Also, No. 15 Sophomore Brett Bader (Farmington, Mo.) lost his opening match to Spengler in a first period pin then received a consolation bracket bye. In the consolation second round Bader earned a 6-3 decision victory over Jon Friesen of St. Johns University to advance. In the consolation semifinals, Bader earned an 8-4 decision victory over Miles Hammerlund of Augsburg and took fifth place by beating Binversie in a 6-2 decision.


In the 197 pound weight class No. 2 Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) had a first round bye, but earned a 10-4 decision victory over Micah-Leslie Larson of Southwest State University in the quarterfinals. Manu was defeated in the semifinals by Chris Brassell of St. Cloud State in a 4-3 decision, but won by rule of MVC’s Carl Lawrence for third place. Also, No. 3 Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) advanced with a first period pin of Joel Koch of Ridgewater Community College and eanred a quarterfinal victory by a 4-3 decision over Uthman Rabiu of St. Cloud State University. Lawrence was defeated in the semifinals by Matthew Hechsel of Augsburg in a 3-1 decision, and lost to Manu in the third place match by rule.


In the 285 pound weight class Freshman Justin Smith (Corral Springs, Fla.) lost his opening match to Caleb White of St. Cloud State by a 3-1 decision. Smith then had a consolation bracket bye, and picked up a consolation victory over Dino Sarocco of St. Johns University with a second period pin. Smith was eliminated one round later after falling to Jake Armellani of Wisconsin-Parkside in a 4-2 decision.


The Vikings will next be in action Friday Dec. 20 when they travel to Providence, R.I. for the Johnson & Wales Invitational.



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