Men's Wrestling Led by Three All-Americans at NAIA National Championship

Posted March 4, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 4, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College finished competition at the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Championship, Presented by USA Wrestling-Kansas in Topeka, Kan., Saturday, at the Kansas Expocentre.  Three Vikings ended the season as all-Americans, led by Junior Andrew Simmons (Palmdale, Calif.) who placed fifth at 165 pounds.  The Vikings finished No. 12 as a team.

 

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.

Consolation Fifth Round-Defeated No. 12 Martin Phillips of Doane (Neb.) College in a 12-3 major decision.

Consolation Semifinals-Lost to No. 8 Nate Croley of Cumberland (Tenn.) University in an 18-3 technical fall.

Fifth Place Match-Lost to No. 7 Skylar Weber Briar Cliff (Iowa) University in a first period pin.

Barnes finishes the season sixth in his weight class, and earned his first all-American honor.  His season record is 26-15.

 

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.

Semifinal-Lost to No. 1 Grand Henderson of Grand View (Iowa) University in a second period pin.

Consolation Semifinal-Lost to Ryan Niven of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 19-4 technical fall.

Fifth Place Match-Defeated No. 4 Ricky McCarty Oklahoma City University in a 15-0 technical fall.

Simmons finishes the season fifth in his weight class, earning his first all-American honor.  His season record is 26-4.

 

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.

Consolation Fifth Round-Defeated No. 4 Javier Gonzalez of Menlo (Calif.) College in a second period (3:11) pin.

Consolation Semifinal-Lost to No. 2 Jacob Laden of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 4-2 decision.

Fifth Place Match-Lost to No. 1 Dean Broghammer of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 16-6 major decision.

Smith finishes the season in sixth place at 285 pounds, earning his first all-American honor.  His season record is 29-16.

 

“I was proud of the way out kids battled this weekend,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “There are always ups and downs in a tournament like this, and we had ours by the end of the day.  Still, we finished with three first-time all-Americans, and we finished ahead of some great teams in the standings.  We knew this year we were going to be young, and we red shirted some guys for next year.  Plus, this tournament gets deeper and deeper every year.  I’m so happy for Justin Smith, our lone senior to place and be an all-American.  He deserves it and after the way he lost last year, and missed out, it makes this year’s accomplishment so gratifying.  TJ Barnes and Andrew Simmons will be back next year as seniors, and they’ll lead the team.  We are already looking forward to training and getting back in the trophy race.”

 

Missouri Valley finished the event No. 12 in the team standings with 43 points.

 

 

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 www.moval.edu.

 

 



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