MVC Men's Wrestling Place Second At Home Invitational

Posted January 18, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230, pulverentia@moval.edu

 

MVC MEN’S WRESTLING PLACES SECOND AT HOME INVITATIONAL

 

Marshall, Mo. (January 18, 2014)- The No. 3 Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team wrapped up action at the MVC Invitational Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. Eighteen teams, featuring five Nationally ranked NAIA teams and teams from the NCAA Division II, took part in the Invitational. The Vikings had three individual champions. The Vikings as a team finished in second place with 157.5 points behind first place Maryville University which had 163.5. Sophomore Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) was named the Invitational’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, wrestling in the 149 pound weight class, winning all four of his matches by pin.

 

Missouri Valley Results:

125 pounds- Junior No. 12 Logan Welch (Lexington, Mo.) finished third in the weight class. He earned a first round bye and defeated Brady Sloup of Hannibal-LaGrange University in the second round by an 8-5 decision. In the quarterfinals Welch defeated Adrian Gains of Oklahoma City University in a second period pin. In the championship semifinals Welch was defeated by No. 10 Javier Carbajal from the University of the Cumberlands in an 8-3 decision. In the consolation semifinals, Welch earned a third period pin of Andrew Clark of Grand View University to advance to the third place match where he defeated No. 16 Adrian Gains of Oklahoma City University with a 19-3 technical fall.

 

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.) placed sixth in his weight class. He earned a first round bye and defeated Sonny Gulesian of Briar Cliff University in the second round with a 6-1 decision. In the quarterfinals, Bitney won by a 2-1 decision over Eric Mateo of the University of Central Missouri. In the semifinals, Bitney fell to Darick Lapaglia of Maryville University in a first period pin. In the consolation semifinals, Bitney was pinned in the first period by Walker Marshall of Grand View University. In the fifth place match Bitney was defeated by Joao Vicente of William Penn University in an 11-7 decision.

 

149 pounds- Sophomore No. 1 Jake Ekster (Houston, Texas) finished as the weight class champion. H had a first round bye and earned a second round win over Tyler Sonnabend of Hannibal-LaGrange University in a second round pin. Ekster advanced to the semifinals with a quarterfinal first period pin of John Weldon of Indiana Tech. Ekster advanced to the championship match with a semifinal victory over Tyler Boyer of Midland Lutheran after earning a second period pin. In the championship match Ekster won with a first period pin over No. 11 Ricky McCarty of Oklahoma City University

 

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. Sterling was defeated in his quarterfinal match by No. 5 Zach Skates of Oklahoma City University with a 23-7 major decision. In his wrestleback match, Sterling earned a 20-8 major decision victory over Andres Perez of Bacone College. Sterling was defeated one match later by Colton Schmitz of Truman State University in a 6-4 decision.

 

165 pounds- Junior No. 9 Nico Martinez (Ontario, Ore.) placed fifth in the weight class. He 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. In the quarterfinals, Martinez earned a 19-11 major decision victory over Josh Eidson of Lindenwood-Belleville to advance. Martinez fell in the semifinal round after being defeated by Dimitri Willis of Maryville University in a 13-4 major decision. Martinez lost in the consolation semifinals to Cody Swim of Grand View University in an 11-5 decision. Martinez placed fifth after defeating Josue Terrones of Bacone College in a 14-4 major decision.

 

174 pounds- Junior No. 8 Riley Boomer (Sheridan, Mich.) placed fifth. He 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. Boomer earned a spot in the championship semifinals with a 9-5 decision victory over LJ Grayson of Indiana Tech. Boomer was defeated in his semifinal match by Derek Sivertsen of Oklahoma City University in a 3-1 decision. Boomer was defeated in the consolation semifinals by Bryant Guillen of Baker University in a first period pin. Boomer earned a victory by medical forfeit over No. 9 Anthony Pike of Briar Cliff University in the fifth place match.

 

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. In the consolation bracket, Smith earned two-straight byes, but was eliminated in the consolation fourth round after losing to No. 12 Cody Sivertsen of Oklahoma City University in a first period pin.

 

197 pounds- Senior No. 2 Josh Manu (North Providence, R.I.) placed first overall in the weight class. He 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. Manu earned a spot in the semifinals after Nick Lovejoy of Central Missouri had to forfeit due to medical reasons. Manu advanced to the championship match after earning a 4-3 decision victory over Fred Byars of the University of the Cumberlands. In the championship match Manu earned a 6-5 decision victory over No. 10 Stephen Loosbrock of Benedictine College.

 

285 pounds- Sophomore No. 3 Gabi Musallam (San Diego, Calif.) placed third. He 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. Musallam earned a first period pin of Fernando Herrera of Bacone College to advance to the championship semifinals. Musallam was defeated in overtime in his semifinal match by an 11-9 score to No. 4 Courtney Freeman of the University of the Cumberlands. Gabi advanced to the third place match after earning a third period pin of Donnell Walker of Maryville University. Musallam won his third place match over Donnell Walker of Maryville University with a medical forfeit.

 

285 pounds- Junior No. 8 Daniel Mueller (Collinsville, Ill.) won the weight class. He received a first round bye and earned a 4-0 decision victory in his second round match against Darius Lewis of Lindenwood-Belleville. Mueller earned a 3-0 victory in his quarterfinal match over Lonnie Brown of Midland Lutheran to advance in the championship bracket. Mueller advanced to the championship match after defeating Donnell Walker of Maryville University in a 6-4 decision. In the championship match Mueller earned an 8-2 decision victory over No. 4 Courtney Freeman of the University of the Cumberlands.

 

The Vikings will next wrestle Lindenwood University-Belleville in a dual Wednesday evening in Belleville, Ill. The dual starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

About Missouri Valley College

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