MVC Men's Wrestling Competes in Rhode Island

Posted December 20, 2013

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230, pulverentia@moval.edu

 

MVC MEN’S WRESTLING COMPETES IN RHODE ISLAND

 Marshall, Mo. (December 20, 2013)- The No. 3 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team travelled to Rhode Island to compete in the Wildcat Open at Johnson & Wales. The Vikings finished with five individuals taking first place.

 

In the 125 pound weight class Freshman Kevin Bonilla (Cypress, Texas) advanced to the championship match after picking up a 12-5 major decision over Joe Wells of Johnson & Wales in the quarterfinals, then a 10-4 decision over teammate Logan Welch in the semifinals. In the championship match, Bonilla was injured and had to enter e medical forfeit to Cody Carbery of Niagra Community College to finish in second place.   Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) advanced thanks to a quarterfinals victory in a second period pin over Cody Barbiche of Lycoming College. Welch then lost to teammate Bonilla in the semifinals, but defeated teammate Ryan Stearns in a 9-5 decision to finish in third place. No. 5 Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) advanced through first round victory by a 9-2 decision over Matt Damp of Lakeland College. Stearns then defeated Beo Tepper from Johnson & Wales in a 5-2 decision in the quarterfinals. Stearns lost to Carbery in the semifinals in a 9-2 decision, then finished fourth with a loss to Welch in the consolation bracket.

 

At 133 pounds Sophomore Todd Brackett (Farmington, Mo.) advanced to the championship match with a first round bye and a semifinal second round pin victory over Grant Franson of Lakeland College. Brackett then defeated Eric Velez of Niagara Community College in a first period pin to claim the individual championship.

 

At 141 pounds Junior Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) advanced with a first round victory over Caleb Witley of Lycoming College with a 7-6 decision. In the quarterfinals Bitney earned an 11-1 major decision over Boone Roycraft of Lakeland College, then in the semifinals lost to Marcus McCauley of Lakeland College in a third period pin. Bitney was defeated one match later in the consolation bracket in a 12-1 decision to Witley, and finished in fifth place. Also, No. 14 Freshman Daniel Rivera (Houston, Texas) defeated Zachery Britton of Lycoming College in the first round with a pin. Rivera advanced again in the quarterfinals with a first period pin of Marcus Popp of Niagara Community College. In the semifinals, Rivera was defeated by Michael Ferinde of Johnson & Wales in a first period pin. Rivera was injured in the semifinal match, and had to forfeit his next two matches to finish in sixth place.

 

In the 149 pound weight class No. 1 Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) defeated Ross Orler of Lycoming College in the first round with a 19-5 major decision. In the semifinals, Ekster defeated Ethan Farrell of Johnson & Wales in a 7-1 decision. In the championship match Ekster sustained an injury in the first period and had to forfeit the match to Joey Gaccione of Johnson & Wales to finish in second place.

 

In the 157 pound weight class No. 14 Sophomore Dylan King (Hamilton, Mo.) advanced through the championship bracket with a first round first period pin of Daniel McBrinn of Johnson & Wales. King then earned a 9-4 decision victory over Alex Niemann of Washington & Lee University, following up with a semifinal victory over Matt Weber of Lakeland College in a 3-2 decision. In the championship match, King edged Tyler Bruce of Niagara Community College in a 2-1 decision to win the weight class.   Junior Jared Sterling (Tacoma, Wash.) had a first round bye, but earned a 12-4 major decision victory over Nolan Barger of Lycoming College before being defeated in the semifinals by Bruce in a 3-2 decision. Sterling finished the Open with a first period pin of Weber to finish the event in third place.

 

In the 165 pound weight class Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) picked up a first round victory of Mike Carson of Niagara Community College in an 8-5 decision. Martinez lost to Mitchell Fucile of Lakeland College in the semifinals in a second period pin. Martinez finished the event in fourth place after having to forfeit due to an injury late in the third place match to Carson. Sophomore James Smith (Platte City, Mo.) defeated Tyler Evans of Lycoming College in a 14-3 major decision then lost to Stephen Jarrell of Johnson & Wales in the semifinals in a 4-0 decision. Smith finished the even in fifth place after earned a medical forfeit from Evans.

 

In the 184 pound weight class No. 15 Sophomore Brett Bader (Farmington, Mo.) earned a first round victory over Jared Mesiti of Johnson & Wales in a 6-2 decision then a quarterfinal victory over Deion Sonsalla of Lakeland College in a 14-3 major decision. Bader was defeated in the semifinals by Eddie Terres of Lakeland College in a 4-3 sudden victory. Bader lost his first consolation match to Cedrick Stephens of Niagara Community College in a 7-3 decision, but had to medically forfeit his fifth place match to Zac Richey of Johnson & Wales to place sixth.

 

In the 197 pound weight class No. 2 Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) earned a first round victory over Conststanli Rissiolis of Johnson & Wales with a second period pin, then defeated Skylar Ebner of Lycoming College with a first period pin. In the championship match, Manu faced teammate Carl Lawrence, and after several overtime rounds, the two were declared co-champions of the weight class. Also, No. 3 Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) advanced with a first round technical fall victory over Bennett Lewis of Johnson & Wales, then defeated Nikolas Christine of Lycoming College with a 9-6 decision victory. Lawrence then went in the championship match with Manu, with the two named co-champions.

 

In the 285 pound weight class No. 6 Sophomore Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) advanced with a first round 8-1 decision victory over Aaron Kroll of Niagara Community College, then earned a quarterfinal victory over Brenden Lenhardt of Johnson & Wales with a first period pin. Musallam defeated Jonah Aurello of Johnson & Wales with an 8-3 decision victory in the semifinals. In the championship match Musallam defeated El Shadal VanHoessen of Niagara Community College with an 8-4 decision to win the weight class. Also, Freshman Justin Smith (Corral Springs, Fla.) advanced with a first round bye, but lost in the quarterfinals to George Madosky of Johnson & Wales in a second period pin. Smith was eliminated one match later in a 3-2 decision to Grant Cokeley of Washington & Lee University.

 

“The guys really battled today, and we had some guys do really well,” says Head Coach Mike Machholz. “It was also nice for Josh (Manu) to wrestle back at home in front of a large number of supporters. Now we have to shift our focus and recover for the NAIA National Duals in a few weeks.”

 

The Vikings will next be in action Jan. 11-12 at the NAIA National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

 

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