Viking Men's Wrestling Finishes with Three Medalists at Central Regional Qualifier

Posted February 18, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 18, 2017)- The No. 16 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team competed Saturday at the 2017 NAIA Central Regional Qualifier, hosted by Grand View (Iowa) University, in Des Moines, Iowa. The team finished No. 4 in the team standing and advanced six of its student-athletes to the National championships in two weeks.

 

No 15 Freshman Zachary Durbin (Arnold, Mo.)-133 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Defeated Michael Pajaro of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a 17-1 technical fall.

Semifinal-Lost to No. 1 Jacob Colon of Grand View (Iowa) by a 8-6 decision over.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated Colby Watters of Baker (Kan.) by a pin (4:56).

Third Place Match-Lost to No. 12 Cartland Allen of Graceland (Iowa) by a medical forfeit.

Durbin received one of the five wildcard spots out of the regional, and into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

Freshman James Carpenter (Kansas City, Mo.)-141 pounds

First Round-Defeated She Swafford of Graceland (Iowa) by a 13-9 fall.

Quarterfinal-Lost to Kevin Kelly of Benedictine (Kan.) by a 9-6 decision.

Consolation Second Round-Lost to Taylor Lehman of Waldorf (Iowa) by a 9-5 decision.

 

Freshman John Bindner (Louisville, Ky.)-141 pounds

First Round-Defeated Fabian Rodriguez of William Penn (Iowa) by a 4-3 decision.

Quarterfinal-Lost to No. 10 Dillon Scanlon of Benedictine (Kan.) by a 8-1 decision.

Consolation Second Round-Lost to Juan Rivera of Baker (Kan.) by a 13-3 major decision.

 

Sophomore Kenny Boyd (Hollywood, Fla.)-149 pounds

First Round-Defeated Brad Watson of William Penn (Iowa) by a 11-4 decision.

Quarterfinal-Lost to No. 5 Seth Ehland of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a 4-0 decision over.

Consolation Second Round-Defeated Alex Gomez of Benedictine (Kan.) by a pin (2:39).

Consolation Third Round-Defeated Travis Koenig of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a 16-9 decision.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated Brandon Aragon of Jamestown (North Dakota) by a 15-5 major decision.

Third Place Match-Lost to No. 5 Seth Ehland of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a 3-2 decision.

Boyd received one of the five wildcard spots out of the regional, and into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

No 15 Sophomore Chase Krutzky (Lakeland, Fla.)-149 pounds

First Round-Lost to Trey Heckadon of Graceland (Iowa) by a 9-5 decision.

Consolation First Round-Lost to Alex Gomez of Benedictine (Kan.) by a pin (6:53).

 

Freshman Seth Johnson (Kenner, La.)-157 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Lost to No. 6 Sean Elkins of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a pin (2:14).

Consolation Second Round-Defeated Coulter Allen of Graceland (Iowa) by a 19-2 technical fall.

Consolation Third Round-Lost to Austinn Goin of William Penn (Iowa) by a 8-6 decision.

 

No. 13 Junior Tobias Barnes (Romulus, Mich.)-157 pounds

First Round-Defeated Coulter Allen of Graceland (Iowa) by a 19-6 major decision.

Quarterfinal-Defeated Sam Deming of Benedictine (Kan.) by a 20-8 major decision.

Semifinal-Defeated No. 14 Jonathan Blackwell of Baker (Kan.) by a 6-4 decision.

First Place Match-Defeated Sean Elkins Dickinson State (N.D.) in a 7-5 sudden victory.

Barnes received an automatic entry into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

No 5 Sophomore Dalton Tipton (Smithville, Mo.)-165 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Defeated No. 7 Anthony Orozco of Benedictine (Kan.) by a 9-4 decision.

Semifinal-Lost to No. 1 Grant Henderson of Grand View (Iowa) by a 17-1 technical fall.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated Kade Thompson of Jamestown (North Dakota) by a pin (0:36).

Third Place-Lost to No. 5 Andrew Simmons of Missouri Valley by a 4-3 decision.

Tipton received one of the five wildcard spots out of the regional, and into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

No 3 Junior Andrew Simmons (Palmdale, Calif.)-165 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Defeated Dereck Samudio of Waldorf (Iowa) by a pin (2:46).

Semifinal-Lost to Ryan Niven of Grand View (Iowa) by a 20-2 technical fall.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated Anthony Orozco by a 11-10 decision.

Third Place-Defeated No. 5 Dalton Tipton of Missouri Valley by a 4-3 decision.

Simmons received an automatic bid into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

Junior Alex Destra (Auburndale, Fla.)-174 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Defeated Josh Romero of Benedictine(Kan.)  by a 17-1 technical fall.

Semifinal- Lost to No. 3 Dylan Blackford of Grand View (Iowa) by a 5-0 decision.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated Nick Moore of Baker (Kan.) by a 5-4 decision.

Third Place Match-Lost to Mike Zupan of Jamestown (North Dakota) by a 8-7 decision.

Destra has been placed into the the National wildcard pool, which will determine the final entrants into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championship.  The final wildcards will be selected next week.

 

Sophomore Nicholas Whitehead (Zion, Ill.)-184 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Lost to No. 3 Michael Pixley of Grand View (Iowa) by a medical forfeit.

Consolation Second Round-Received a bye.

Consolation Third Round-Defeated Nick Wise of William Penn (Iowa) by a 8-5 decision.

Consolation Semifinal-Lost to Lane Oversen of Dickinson State (North Dakota) by a 10-2 major decision.

Fifth Place Match-Lost to Conner Watanabe of Baker (Kan.) by a 9-7 decision.

 

No 11 Senior Justin Smith (Hollywood, Fla.)-285 pounds

First Round-Received a bye.

Quarterfinal-Defeated Jacob Pinedo of Waldorf (Iowa) by a pin (4:56).

Semifinal-Lost to No. 2 Jacob Laden of Grand View (Iowa) by a 8-0 major decision.

Consolation Semifinal-Defeated William Samuels of Graceland (Iowa) by a 10-2 major decision.

Third Place Match-Defeated Max Lewis of William Penn (Iowa) by a 4-2 decision.

Smith received an automatic bid into the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships.

 

Leading the way was Barnes placing first in the 157 pound weight class, Simmons placing third in the 165 pound weight class and Smith placing third in the 285 pound weight class. As a team, Missouri Valley placed fourth, totaling 104 points.

 

“Today was a meat grinder,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “We have a very tough qualifier and it showed.  We really didn't wrestle at our best and this was not the place to do that.  Great competition mixed w a couple injures resulted in a too many points left off the board.    

 

TJ Barnes had a great tourney winning his weight class over the number six kid from DSU in overtime.  We are very happy for him to be able to show up at the right time.  

 

Simmons and Tipton had a beast of a weight with five of the top eight competing.  Both wrestled well but with that type of quality anything can happen if you shuffle them again. Tipton was the first one voted for a wildcard because of his weight class.

 

I though Zack Durbin had one of the best performances despite his shoulder popping out during his consolation semis match!  He showed great heart and grit fighting through the pain and coming from behind to get a fall and advance.  One of the gutsiest performances that I have seen in many years and that's why he earned a wildcard bid.  

 

Kenny put together a good tournament only losing to the number five guy twice in the day.  He is really starting to get back to form and should be a force at the tourney.

 

Justin Smith placed third and has been very consistent the second half of the year. He had the top two guys in the nation but easily beat all the others.  

 

Alex Destra is our surprise guy this year. We have been moving him in and out of the line up between 165 -197 but he has really come on at 174!  He is one of our inspirations on the mat because of his battles.  He Lost a tough battle for 3rd but was added to the national nominees for a wild card vote taking place Tuesday.  

 

This was our lowest placement as a team since we started the program but the qualifier has gotten so tough that I don't read too much into that.  Still it shows we have some work to do in the next couple of weeks before the national championships.”

 

Up next for the Viking men’s wrestling team is the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championships, held in Topeka, Kan., March 3-4.

 

 

 

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