MVC Men's Wrestling Finishes Regular Season with Win Over Truman State

Posted February 12, 2014

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




Marshall, Mo. (February 12, 2014)- The No. 3 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team hosted NCAA Division II Truman State University at the Burns Athletic Complex for a Senior Night dual. The Vikings pulled ahead early, and used two pins in the final by Seniors Josh Manu and Carl Lawrence to pull away from the Bulldogs 31-17.



125 pounds: No. 7 Junior Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) lost to Jabez Zinabu in a 6-4 in an overtime decision. Truman State led 3-0.


133 pounds: Freshman Kevin Bonilla (Cypress, Texas) defeated Rafael Lopez in a 12-3 major decision. Missouri Valley jumped ahead 4-3.


141 pounds: Junior Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) won with a first period pin over Mark Smith. Missouri Valley increased its lead to 10-3


149 pounds: No. 1 Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) defeated No. 6 Ryan Maus in a 3-1 decision. Missouri Valley led 13-3.


157 pounds: No. 10 Junior Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) lost to Colton Schmitz in a 13-1 major decision. Missouri Valley’s lead shrunk to 13-7.


165 pounds: Sophomore James Smith (Platte City, Mo.) lost to Devon Fenstermaker in an 11-0 major decision. Truman State pulled to within a 13-11 score.


174 pounds: No. 12 Junior Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) won by forfeit as Truman State left the weight open. Missouri Valley increased its lead to 19-11.


184 pounds: Sophomore Wade Aylett (Irrigon, Ore.) lost to Ryan Ward in a second period pin. Truman State closed the gap to 19-17.


197 pounds: No. 3 Senior Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) won by pin over Helmut Rentschler just 45-seconds into the match. MVC pulled ahead 25-17.


285 pounds: No. 5 Carl Lawrence (Sullivan, Mo.) defeated Ben Dudley in a first period pin. Missouri Valley won the dual 31-17.


The Vikings improve to 8-3 in duals this season.


The Vikings will next be in action Saturday Feb. 22 when they host the NAIA Midwest Regional Qualifier at the Burns Athletic Complex. Action that day gets underway at 9:00 a.m.


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