Viking Men's Wrestling Competes in Day 1 at National Championship

Posted March 3, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 3, 2016)- The No. 16 Missouri Valley College competed in day one of the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championship, Presented by USA Wrestling-Kansas in Topeka, Kan., Friday, at the Kansas Expocentre.  Three Vikings advanced to become All-Americans, led by Junior Andrew Simmons (Palmdale, Calif.) who will wrestler in the semifinal round of the 165 pound weight class Saturday.  The Vikings sit No. 12 in the team standings.


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

First Round-Lost to No. 7 Brian Ha of Menlo (Calif.) College in a 7-4 decision.

Consolation First Round-Defeated Casey Coulter of Southern Oregon University in a 5-2 decision.

Consolation Second Round-Lost to No. 9 Kodie Cole of Concordia (Neb.) University in a 5-4 tiebreaker decision.

Durbin season ends with an 18-17 record.


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

First Round-Received a bye.

Second Round-Lost to No. 2 Tyler Cowger of Southern Oregon in a 6-0 decision.

Consolation Second Round-Defeated Jose Intrago of Lindenwood (Ill.) University-Belleville in a 21-3 technical fall.

Consolation Third Round-Lost to No. 7 Steven Garcia of Morningside (Iowa) University in a 3-1 decision.

Boyd’s season ends with a 19-14 record.


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

First Round-Defeated Tyler Wilson of Kansas Wesleyan in a 7-6 decision.

Second Round-Defeated Jacob Gross of Indiana Tech University in a 6-5 tiebreaker decision.

Quarterfinals-Lost to No. 3 Hunter Hodges of Southern Oregon University in a first period pin.

Consolation Fourth Round-Defeated No. 6 Sean Elkins of Dickinson State (N.D.) University in a 6-4 decision.


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

First Round-Defeated Joseph McAleavey of Bacone (Okla.) College in a second period (4:11) pin.

Second Round-Defeated Aaron DeMay of Southern Oregon University in a 13-4 major decision.

Quarterfinals-Defeated No. 12 Sam Goins of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) University in a second period (3:54) pin.


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

First Round-Received a bye.

Second Round-Defeated No. 9 John Weldon of Indiana Tech University in a first period (1:06) pin.

Quarterfinals-Lost to No. 4 Ricky McCarty of Oklahoma City University in a 4-3 decision.

Consolation Fourth Round-Lost to Ryan Niven of Grand View (Iowa) University in a second period pin.

Tipton finishes with a 25-10 record on the season.


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

First Round-Received a bye.

Second Round-Lost to Austin Lobsinger of Simpson (Calif.) University in a 3-1 sudden victory.

Consolation Second Round-Defeated No. 8 Fernando Herrera of Bacone (Okla.) College in a 2-0 decision.

Consolation Third Round-Defeated No. 13 James Jones of Midland (Neb.) University in a 7-2 decision.

Consolation Fourth Round-Defeated No. 5 Taylor Kornoely Montana State University-Northern in a 10-3 decision.


Missouri Valley sits at No. 12 in the team standings, with 30.5 points.


The 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championship picks up again Saturday at 10 a.m., with the championship semifinals, and consolation rounds, including the third, fifth and seventh place matches.  The National championship session takes place Saturday at 7 p.m.



About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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