Viking Men's Wrestling Pulls Away From Truman State in Dual

Posted February 7, 2017


Marshall, Mo. (February 7, 2017)- The No. 19 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team traveled to Kirksville, Mo., Tuesday evening for the final dual of the season against NCAA Division II Truman State (Mo.) University.  The Vikings won nine of the ten duals, including four by pin, pulling away for a 43-4 victory.


125 pounds: Freshman Eric Arias (Yuma, Ariz.) lost to JJ Dorrell in a 14-3 major decision.  Truman State leads, 4-0.

133 pounds: No. 16 Freshman Zack Durbin (Arnold, Mo.) defeated Josiah Lunceford in a 15-0 technical fall.  Missouri Valley leads, 5-4.

141 pounds: Freshman James Carpenter (Kansas City, Mo.) defeated Rafael Lopez in a 4-3 decision.  Missouri Valley leads, 8-4.

149 pounds: No. 16 Sophomore Kenny Boyd (Hollywood, Fla.) defeated Dakota Schutter in an 18-6 major decision.  Missouri Valley leads, 12-4.

157 pounds: No. 13 Junior TJ Barnes (Romulus, Mich.) defeated Zach Taylor in a first period (2:50) pin.  Missouri Valley leads, 18-4.

165 pounds: No. 7 Sophomore Dalton Tipton (Smithville, Mo.) defeated Malik Beverly in a first period (1:49) pin.  Missouri Valley leads, 24-4.

174 pounds: Junior Alex Destra (Auburndale, Fla.) defeated Brandon Petit in a second period (3:44) pin.  Missouri Valley leads, 30-4.

184 pounds: Senior Dakota Concepcion (Weston, Fla.) defeated Jules Joseph in a first period (0:39) pin.  Missouri Valley leads, 36-4.

197 pounds: Sophomore Nicholas Whitehead (Zion, Ill.) defeated Sam Reeves in a 7-6 decision.  Missouri Valley leads, 39-4.

285 pounds: No. 14 Senior Justin Smith (Hollywood, Fla.) defeated Austin Dovin in an 18-4 major decision.

Missouri Valley defeats Truman State, 43-4.


The win gives Missouri Valley a 9-6 record in duals on the season, while Truman State falls to 7-13 in duals.


"I thought we wrestled very well tonight," said Men's Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  "We knew that JJ Dorell was going to be difficult to beat at 125 pounds, but we dominated the remaining nine weight classes.  This was a great way to end the regular season.  Now we have 10 days to prepare for the regional qualifier.  We fell that the team is on an upswing heading into that tournament, and we just need to maintain this momentum."


Up next for the Viking men’s wrestling team is the NAIA Central Regional Qualifier, taking place at Grand View (Iowa) University in Des Moines, Iowa.  The tournament takes place Feb. 18.





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