MVC Men's Wrestling Travels to Mustang Open in Arkansas

Posted January 25, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 25, 2014)- The No. 2 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team traveled to the Mustang Open at Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark., Saturday. The Vikings finished with one individual champion and eight medalists wrestling attached for MVC, in the event that featured NAIA and NCAA programs.



125 pounds- No. 7 Sophomore Ryan Stearns (Williston, Vt.) placed second at the event. He defeated Alexander Fortuna of Baker University in his quarterfinal match by decision, the earned a semifinal victory over Antoine Green of Bacone College in a 7-2 decision. In the championship match, Stearns was defeated by Chase Martinez of Bacone in a 10-5 decision.


133 pounds- Freshman Darren Trujillo (Albuquerque, N.M.) lost his opening match to Abel Mejia of Bacone College, then earned a bye in the consolation bracket. In the consolation second round, Trujillo was eliminated by Peter Acuna of Central Baptist College in a 7-1 decision.


133 pounds- No. 14 Sophomore Todd Brackett (Farmington, Mo.) finished second in his weight class. He earned a victory over Ian Ortega of Bacone College in a 7-4 decision in the first round, then picked up a quarterfinal win over Acuna with a first period pin. In the semifinals, Brackett again earned a victory by pin over Andrew Morgan of Baker University to reach the championship match. Brackett finished second after losing a 5-3 decision to Kyle Garcia of Oklahoma City University.


141 pounds- Freshman Daniel Rivera (Houston, Texas) won his opening match in a first period pin over Lawrence Anthony of the University of Memphis. In the quarterfinals, Rivera was defeated by decision by Kyle Wilson of Baker University, and after receiving a consolation bracket bye Rivera was eliminated after a loss to Josh Durham of Oklahoma University after a 3-2 decision.


141 pounds- Junior Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) placed third in his weight class. Bitney earned a first round bye, then advanced to the quarterfinals with a win by fall over Josh Wolfe of Baker University. In the semifinals Bitney lost to Marcus Cobbs of Cumberlands in a first period pin, but earned a consolation semifinal win over Durham in a 6-1 decision. Bitney won his third place match with a 9-0 major decision over Wilson.


165 pounds- Sophomore James Smith (Platte City, Mo.) placed fourth in his weight class. Smith earned a first round bye then defeated Alec Iacovelli of Oklahoma University by a decision in the quarterfinals. Smith was defeated in the semifinals by Trevor Sutton of Baker University in a 6-1 decision, but earned a consolation semifinal victory over Joshua Ortiz of Baker University with a 10-3 decision. In the third place match, Smith lost to Courtney Shavers of Bacone College in a 10-7 decision to finish in fourth place.


165 pounds- No. 13 Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) was the weight class champion. He picked up a quick first period pin of Alek Bowles of Baker University in his first round match, then defeated Josue Terrones of Bacone College by decision in the quarterfinals. Martinez won his semifinal match over Shavers with a 12-9 decision and in the championship match, Martinez earned a 19-5 major decision over Sutton.


184 pounds- Freshman Clark Poston (Essex Junction, Vt.) lost his opening match to Taylor Kruz of Central Baptist College in a first period pin. After receiving a first round consolation bracket bye, Poston was his second round match over Mitchell Houghton of Bacone College by injury default. In the third round Poston advanced with a 4-2 decision victory over Jacob Jasper of Central Baptist College, but was eliminated in the consolation semifinals with a 5-3 decision to William Leone of Baker University.


184 pounds- Sophomore Wade Aylett (Irrigon, Ore.) placed second in the weight class. He earned a first round win by fall over Joel Deere of Central Baptist College then a quarterfinal win over Mitchell Houghton of Bacon College with an 8-3 decision. In the semifinals Aylett defeated Richard Bylund of Bacone College with an 18-3 technical, but lost in the championship match to Cody Linton of Cumberlands in an 9-0 major decision to finish in second place.


197 pounds- No. 4 Senior Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) finished in second place in the weight class. He earned a first round win by fall of Noah Bailey of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and picked up a quarterfinal win over Jonathan Maraille of Central Baptist College with a first round pin. In the semifinals Lawrence picked up another win with a first period pin, this time over Christian Varner of Cumberlands. In the championship match Lawrence was defeated by No. 10 Scott Stewart of Cumberlands by fall to place second.


285 pounds- Freshman Justin Smith (Corral Springs, Fla.) finished in second place. After a first round bye, Smith picked up a second round win over Francisco Joseph of Central Baptist College with an 11-2 major decision. Smith then earned a 1-0 decision victory over Michael Perez of Bacone College in the quarterfinals, followed up by a 1-0 win over Alexander Ekins of Baker University in the semifinals. Smith lost to Michael Brown of Oklahoma University in the championship match by a 3-0 decision to take second place.


There were wrestles that went to the Mustang Open wrestling Unattahced and one of those was Chase Krutzky who placed first in the 149 pound weight class.


The Vikings will next wrestle NCAA Division II No. 19 Maryville University in a dual at Blue Springs (Mo.) High School Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.


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