MVC Men's Wrestling Opens Home Invitational FridayPosted January 17, 2014
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MVC MEN’S WRESTLING OPENS HOME INVITATIONAL FRIDAY EVENING
Marshall, Mo. (January 17, 2014)- The No. 3 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team opened up the MVC Invitational Friday evening at the Burns Athletic Complex featuring 18 schools from the NAIA and NCAA Division II. After the first day of wrestling the Vikings are in second place with 29.5 points and trail Oklahoma City University which finishes the first day with 32 points.
Missouri Valley Results:
125 pounds- Junior No. 12 Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) earned a first round bye and defeated Brady Sloup of Hannibal-LaGrange University in the second round by an 8-5 decision.
141 pounds- Freshman Daniel Rivera (Houston, Texas) earned a first round bye, but was defeated in the second round by Joao Vicente of William Penn University in a first period pin. Rivera was eliminated one match later in the consolation second round after being pinned by Sam Deming of Benedictine College in the first period.
141 pounds- Junior No. 15 Brian Bitney (Puyallup, Wash.) earned a first round bye and defeated Sonny Gulesian of Briar Cliff University in the second round with a 6-1 decision.
149 pounds- Sophomore No. 1 Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) had a first round bye and earned a second round win over Tyler Sonnabend of Hannibal-LaGrange University in a second round pin.
157 pounds- Junior Jared Sterling (Tacoma, Wash.) earned a first round bye and won his second round match over Zeb Spicer of University of Central Missouri with a 6-0 decision.
165 pounds- Junior No. 9 Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) had a first round bye and earned a 17-1 technical fall victory in the second round over Steven Taylor from the University of the Cumberlands.
174 pounds- Junior No. 8 Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) earned a first round victory over Bryson Kinyon of Graceland University with a 13-3 major decision. In the second round Boomer earned a second period pin victory over Johnny Perz of Benedictine College.
184 pounds- Sophomore James Smith (Platte City, Mo.) had a first round bye, but was defeated in the second round by Connor Hovey of Midland Lutheran University with an 8-0 major decision.
197 pounds- Senior No. 2 Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) earned a first round victory over Jake Baker of Briar Cliff University with a first round pin. Manu advanced to the quarterfinals with a second round 19-6 major decision victory over Kelvin Jordan of Indiana Tech.
285 pounds- Sophomore No. 3 Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) earned a first round victory over Mike Wright of Hannibal-LaGrange University with a third round pin. Musallam advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 decision victory over No. 15 Abram Reynolds of Briar Cliff University in the second round.
285 pounds- Junior No. 8 Daniel Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) received a first round bye and earned a 4-0 decision victory in his second round match against Darius Lewis of Lindenwood-Belleville.
The Invitational will continue Saturday beginning at 9:00a.m. with the championship quarterfinal round and the third round wrestle-backs.
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 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.