MVC Men's Wrestling Competes at National Duals Tournament
MARSHALL, MO -- The No. 10 Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team went on the road to the National Duals Tournament in Springfield, Illinois over the weekend. The Vikings competed against some of the other top wrestling programs in the NAIA at the event.
The first dual matchup for the Vikings was against No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.). The Vikings were defeated 27-15 in team points. At 125 pounds No. 14 Freshman Ryan Stearns defeated DeCoreus Leavell by a 5-4 decision. At 133 pounds No. 10 Sophomore Logan Welch was defeated by No. 8 Tyler Alsip in a 19-3 technical fall. Freshman Todd Brackett was defeated by No. 8 Brandon Westerman in the 141 pound match by a 10-1 score. The Vikings picked up another win at 149 pounds as No. 6 Freshman Jake Ekster defeated beat No. 7 Chris Teague in a 14-1 decision. No. 14 Sophomore Nico Martinez was defeated by No. 1 Conor Young at 157 pounds by pin in the second period. The Vikings got another victory at 165 pounds as No. 12 Senior Gian Traverso defeated No. 12 Shawn McGhee in a 10-2 decision. At 174 pounds Senior Jamaal Bufford was edged out by No. 7 Michael Johnson in a 5-3 decision. Freshman Brett Bader was also edged out in the 184 pound match, losing to Nate Knauf in a 9-7 decision. At 197 pounds No. 5 Junior Josh Manu was disqualified, giving No. 2 Allen Scruggs the victory and a key six points. No. 6 Junior Dan Mueller capped off the dual at 285 pounds with a pin of Terrell Moore in the second period.
In the first round of the consolation bracket the Vikings went against No. 11 Cumberlands (Ky.), The Vikings won the dual 32-9. At 125 pounds Stearns defeated Grant Burkhalter by a 10-6 decision. At 133 pounds Welch defeated Stephen Hill in a pin with just seconds remaining in the third period. Sophomore Willie Essex 141 pound defeated Caleb Perkins by a major decision 16-3 in points. At 149 pounds Ekster was defeated by No. 3 Anthonie Linares by a 10-4 decision. Freshman Dylan King in the 157 pound match defeated No. 9 Javier Arellano by a 5-2 decision. At 165 pounds Traverso defeated No. 6 Zachary Barkett by a 10-5 decision. In the second period Jamaal Bufford defeated Sean Bateman by a pin in the 174 pound weight class. In the 184 pound match, Bader defeated No. 13 Jeremy Gardner by a 13-3 major decision. The Vikings left their 197 pound weight class spot open, giving Cumberlands a forfeit victory. Finally, at 285 pounds Senior James Alter defeated No. 13 Michael Pezzuto by a 5-3 decision.
In the second round of the consolation bracket the Vikings finished with a victory against No. 6 Oklahoma City (Ok.). The Vikings won the dual 22-18. At 125 pounds Steams was defeated by Oklahoma City's No. 8 Kidd Gomez by a pin in the first period. Welch was defeated Alvie Kingsworth in the 133 pound weight class by way of pin in the third period. At 141 Essex defeated Trevor Sterling by an 8-6 decision. At 149 Ekster defeated Josh Stewart by a major decision 14-3. Mark Meyer defeated King by a 14-3 victory. In the 157 weight class King was defeated by Mark Meyer in a 4-2 decision in sudden death. At 165 pounds Traverso defeated No. 3 Zach Skates by an 8-7 decision. In the 174 weight class No. 11Teagan Franco defeated Bufford by an 8-0 major decision. At 184 Bader defeated No. 5 Mitchell Eichenauer by a 3-2 decision. For the second match in a row Missouri Valley had to forfeit the 197 weight class. At 285 Mueller defeated Mike Brown by a 3-1 decision.
The Vikings will be in action again Sunday for the second day of the NAIA National Duals in the consolation semifinals against Lindsey Wilson.