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Wabash Fourth At National Duals, Second at Manchester
By Brent Harris
Wabash captured fourth place on the final day of the 2015 National Duals, while the remainder of the Little Giant team took second place at Saturday's Spartan Mat Classic.
Wabash advanced to Saturday's showdown of nationally-ranked Division III teams in the semifinals and finals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association's showcase event at the Allen County War Memorial. The Little Giants, ranked third in the latest NWCA poll, lost to second-ranked Wartburg 34-9 in the semifinals. Fourth-ranked Concordia-Moorhead edged Wabash in the finals 21-19 to take third place. Wartburg went on to defeat number-one ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater 20-13 to claim its fourth consecutive Duals title and ninth championship overall.
Wabash scored three decisions against Wartburg in Saturday's semifinals, with all three wins coming from the Lefever brothers. Reece Lefever, ranked fifth at 157 pounds by the NWCA, fought to a 4-3 victory over fourth-ranked Drew Wagenhoffer in their second meeting of the season. Wagenhoffer scored a 9-6 win earlier this season against Lefever at the Concordia Open.
"It's nice to avenge my only loss to another Division III competitor from earlier in the season," Lefever said. "Defeating Wagenhoffer shows I'm improving and doing the right things every day."
Twin brother Conner Lefever, ranked second at 174 pounds, scored an equally impressive win with a 7-6 decision against fifth-ranked Brandon Welter. Younger brother Riley Lefever scored a 6-3 win against Devin Peterson at 184 pounds.
The Little Giants battled back and forth against Concordia-Moorhead in the finals before the deciding final bout. The Cobbers opened with three consecutive wins before Nick Bova scored a pin at 2:31 of his 149-pound bout against Yonas Gebreab. Reece Lefever added four more team points to the score with an 11-1 major decision at 157 pounds versus Ben Cousins. Conner Lefever's 5-3 victory against Sebastian Gardner at 174 pounds put Wabash up a point at 13-12. Riley Lefever scored six points for the Little Giants when his opponent at 184 pounds, Dane Ringquist, was unable to continue their match due to an injury. However, the Cobbers scored nine points in the final two bouts to take the two-point victory and third place overall.
"I always look forward to wrestling talented competition, and every team at the National Duals is tough," Riley Lefever said. "I don't necessarily know each and every opponent I wrestle or their ranking, but I step on the mat with the same mindset --- to beat my opponent physically and mentally in order to score as many points possible. Looking back, you can always learn things from any match, but you learn more when you wrestle tougher opponents."
"While we would have preferred placing higher, we're happy to have improved from our fifth-place finish last year," Conner Lefever said. "All of the teams here are top-notch. We lost against two of the best teams in the nation. We look to get better so we can avenge these losses later in the season."
Wabash head coach Brian Anderson echoed his senior wrestler's comments.
"We learned quite a bit from last year's fifth-place finish and used that to perform better this year. While it's nice to know this year's team produced the highest finish in Wabash history at the National Duals, I know we are not satisfied with the overall result.
"This was a big weekend for many reasons but most important was putting these guys in the toughest situation possible to know exactly where we are at as a team. We know our weaknesses and our strengths after the last two days of battle which we will use to keep building toward our goals in March as individuals and as a team. Several different individuals stepped up in each of the duals, however all three Lefevers showed why they will be contending for individual national titles at the end of the year."
While several of the Wabash wrestlers competed at the National Duals in Fort Wayne, another portion of the Little Giant team wrestled at the Spartan Mat Classic at Manchester University. The Spartans won their home tournament with a total of 131 points, while Wabash took second with 87.5 points in the five-team event.
Pat Parham won the 149-pound individual title with a 3-0 record, opening with a pin at 2:04 against Manchester's Ryan Gossett. Parham fought to a 2-1 victory against Luis Godines from Mount St. Joseph University in round two before defeating teammate Mack Neal in the final by a score of 8-3. Neal took second with a 12-2 major decision over Paul Mikesell from Manchester before his loss to Parham in the finals. Jeremy Chen scored a 12-0 major decision against Gossett in the finals to take fifth place.
Christian Rodriguez won the 157-pound weight class with a 9-2 win over Alex Arney from Manchester before picking up a 5-4 victory over fellow Wabash wrestler Chance Brown in the finals. Brown advanced to the finals after scoring a 5-4 victory against teammate Jeff Mucha in the semifinals. Mucah took fifth place, scoring a pin a at 48 seconds in first match of the day against Joe Kammerer from Mount St. Joseph before adding a pin at 2:35 in the final versus Arney.
Jacob Cottey won a round-robin matchup at 133 pounds with three victories. He scored an opening round 4-2 decision over Chase Wilson from Manchester, followed by a pin at 4:48 versus Brennen Storey of Manchester in round three. A final pin round five gave Cottey the first place finish. Robbie Carter posted a pair of wins in the weight class to finish fourth overall. He pinned Storey at 3:45 in the second round before handing Cottey his only loss by a score of 5-2 in round four.
Mak Maldonado earned a third-place finish at 174 pounds, opening the tournament draw with a pin at 3:21 versus Taylor Ferrill from Manchester. After a two-point loss in the semifinals, Maldonado rallied for a 16-1 technical fall against Jack Knoll of Heidelberg before a forfeit by teammate Luke Davis provided the final victory. Davis advanced to the finals after a 9-5 win against Ferrill and an 8-6 decision over teammate Grant Gough in the consolation semifinals. Gough won his opening bout by a major decision of 13-2 against Knoll, then defeated him for a second time in the finals by a score of 7-0 to finish fifth.
Corey Hawk added a third-place finish in the round robin 141-pound weight class after scoring an 18-1 technical fall in the opening round versus Clayton Capes from Manchester. Nolan Fenwick won 7-6 in the consolation semifinals at 197 pounds on the way to a fourth-place finish.
The Little Giants return to action Saturday when Wabash will serve as host for the annual Max Servies Duals. Competition begins at 9 a.m. at Chadwick Court.
#6 Indiana Tech Finishes 7th
Zach Shore | @INTech_SID88
RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. â€“ For the second straight year, the sixth-ranked Indiana Tech wrestling team took seventh place at the NWCA National Duals Championships with a 39-14 win over No. 10 Missouri Valley in Expos Center III at the Allen Country War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
For the first time in three matches at the event, senior 125-pounder, Kristopher McKinley took a 6-5 loss to begin the dual, but top-ranked 133-pounder, Mitchell Pawlak, returned from yesterday's loss with a fall in 1:08 to take a 6-3 lead. A pair of forfeits by the Vikings sandwiched a tech fall by MVC to give Tech an 18-8 lead.
Eighth-ranked 165-pounder, Jacob Johnson, recorded his fourth fall in five matches for another six points and junior Tyler Goldman followed with a 9-2 decision to make it 27-8 Warriors. Sixth-ranked 184-pounder, Darryl Grayson, and sophomore 197-pounder, Brandon Sunday, both recorded first period falls to seal the win.
The Warriors return to action next weekend, Jan. 16-17, when they travel to Marshall, Mo. to compete in the Missouri Valley Invitational.
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Sabatello Wins Roadrunner Open
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FRESNO, Calif. - Eleven Purdue wrestlers placed at the Roadrunner Open, highlighted by a championship outing from Danny Sabatello (133) and a runner-up performance from Nick Lawrence (141), Sunday inside Selland Arena. The Boilermakers additionally earned a pair of third-place finishes, one fourth and three fifth- and sixth-place finishes. Together the 13 grapplers in action posted a 54-18 record at the event, while winning 25 of their 54 matches via bonus points (4 TF, 6 MD, 15 F).
After receiving a first-round bye, Sabatello went on an offensive tear by winning back-to-back bonus point matches. The redshirt junior began the day by building a 10-0 lead on Jack Hogan of Peninsula Grapplers before pinning him early in the second period (3:39). He then disposed of Appalachian State's Vito Pasone with a 13-3 major decision.
A first-period takedown and penalty point, combined with 1:07 of riding time gave Sabatello a 4-1 decision over Ian Nickell of Cal State Bakersfield to move into the finals for a battle against Joey Palmer. Sabatello shut his unattached opponent out, 6-0, behind takedowns in the first and third periods, an escape in the final period and racked up 2:51 of riding time. With a 4-0 mark on the day, the Long Grove, Ill., native pushed his season record to 7-1.
Like Sabatello, Lawrence went on an offensive tear in his first two matches at 141 pounds. The redshirt senior took down his first two opponents a dozen times in a 13-4 major decision of Peter Russo, who was wrestling unattached, and a 20-5 technical fall of Cal State Bakersfield's Adrian Panduro. Lawrence needed just 5:33 for the tech fall, his first since Feb. 2, 2013.
In the quarterfinals, Lawrence scored a 7-1 decision of Appalachian State's Mike Longo with a single takedown in each period and had an escape to start the second period. Even though Troy Heilmann of North Carolina held the riding time advantage (1:23), Lawrence defeated the Tar Heel 3-2 thanks to an early takedown and escape in the second. He went up against another North Carolina opponent in the title match, 14th-ranked Joey Ward, and suffered a 5-2 loss. Ward took the Boilermaker down twice and escaped in the second to win the match. With a 4-1 outing, Lawrence's season mark moved to 8-3.
Fellow redshirt senior Brandon Nelsen took third at 149 pounds while moving up the Purdue wrestling history charts. Nelsen pinned his first two opponents, Daniel Avalos of Fresno State Wrestling Club and San Francisco State's Dylan Furtado, in 2:25 and 3:27, respectively, to get into the semifinals. He then 7-2 decision to Stanford's Garrett Schaner, but fell to Illinois' Kyle Langenderfer, 8-4, in the semifinals.
He picked up where he left off in the consolation semifinals, taking just 90 seconds to stick AJ Fierro of Cal State Bakersfield. The third pin of the day lifted his career total to 28 and moved him in to the No. 6 spot in program history. Nelsen collided with teammate Alex Griffin in the third-place match, with a first-period takedown and an escape in the second serving as the deciding factor in a 3-1 decision for the veteran. The Indianapolis, Ind., native now owns a record of 9-2 with five of his nine victories coming by way of fall.
Pat Robinson captured third-place honors 165 pounds with an exclamation point, pinning Nick Kee of Appalachian State in 3:41. To get there, he first held off Justin Lozano of Peninsula Grapplers for a 10-8 decision and followed with a 5-3 win over Menlo's Eric Lopez.
Neither Robinson nor No. 14 Jim Wilson of Stanford scored in the first period of their semifinal matchup. Wilson got on the board with an escape to start the second period and Robinson struck with the takedown. Wilson eluded Robinson's hold and tied the bout at 2-2 with two minutes to go. Starting the third period from bottom, Robinson took a 3-2 edge with an escape, but it didn't hold as Wilson got the decisive takedown and the 4-3 win.
In the consolation semifinals, the redshirt senior edged North Carolina's Ethan Ramos, 9-7. Robinson holds a 5-1 record after his season-opening weekend in California.
Three other Purdue wrestlers registered multiple pins. The first of Chad Welch's two pins was a dramatic one as he upset No. 20 John Michael Staudenmayer of North Carolina with the horn sounding at the end of the first period. He pinned the Tar Heel again in 6:54 to place fifth at 174 pounds.
In the 184-pound wrestlebacks, Patrick Kissel stuck unattached wrestler Dylan Bollinger in 4:44 and followed with a 39-second fall of Appalachian State's Dominick Vetell. The 39-second pin is the fastest of the redshirt senior's career. Kissel (9-3) placed fifth.
Ninth-ranked Braden Atwood used 3:27 to pin Andrew Teats of Sierra (1:09) and Marcus Haughian of Grand Canyon (2:18). The two falls by the redshirt senior pushed his career total to 26 and now ranks ninth all-time in program history.
ROADRUNNER OPEN PLACEWINNERS 133 // Danny Sabatello // 1st 133 // Kyle Ayersman // 5th 141 // Nick Lawrence // 2nd 149 // Brandon Nelsen // 3rd 149 // Alex Griffin 4th 157 // Doug Welch // 6th 165 // Pat Robinson // 3rd 174 // Chad Welch // 5th 184 // Patrick Kissel // 5th 197 // Braden Atwood // 6th 285// Tyler Kral // 6th The Purdue wrestling team will host Indiana Tech and No. 17 Northern Iowa in its first home duals of the season inside Holloway Gymnasium on Nov. 23. Action starts at 1 p.m. ET with the Boilermakers taking on Indiana Tech, followed by Northern Iowa at 2:30 p.m. Northern Iowa and Indiana Tech will also dual at 4 p.m.
Purdue Corrals Mustangs in Ersland's Debut
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Powered behind four bonus point victories, the Purdue wrestling team corralled Cal Poly, 30-9, in its season opening and first-year head coach Tony Ersland's debut Friday in the Mott Athletics Center. The Boilermakers (1-0, 0-0 B1G) received bonus points at 133, 141, 149 and 197.
"There were a lot of good things, I really like that we took the fight to them to start," Ersland said. "I think we need to do a better job of closing out matches though. We showed that we can wrestle hard, but we need confidence to finish it."
The aggressive mindset that Ersland has instilled in the Boilermaker grapplers showed. Purdue registered 16 takedowns to the Mustangs' nine and combined for 18 back points while giving up none.
"Overall I was very happy with the tone of most of the matches; guys went out and scored points and put a lot of points on the board, we just need to make sure we finish matches," Ersland said. "I think tonight should be a big confidence booster for all of these guys; first time down to weight on a one-hour weigh-in, they competed hard and I am happy with the effort. I think we should make a big jump in confidence knowing that we can hold up, wrestle hard and take control of these situations."
Purdue took five of the first six weights from the Mustangs (0-3) to build a 23-3 lead. The Mustangs won the 125-pound match in sudden victory, but the Boilermakers took over from there. A forfeit from Cal Poly at 133 gave the Old Gold & Black six points, to which Nick Lawrence followed with six of his own. The redshirt senior, who was wrestling in his first dual since Feb. 23, 2013, built on an offensive clinic with five takedowns and had a two-point nearfall before sticking Connor Kim at the 3:56 mark to improve to 4-2.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Griffin (5-2) put on a show with a 17-0 technical fall of Jacob Leon. In 4:51, Griffin took the Mustang down twice, got a pair of five-counts for two three-point nearfalls and a trio of two-point nearfalls. He also escaped to start the second period. The team's leader in points scored pushed his early season total to 67 while winning his second match via technical fall.
"I liked Griffin's aggressiveness," Ersland said. "We know that he will go out and tilt and turn and he got to his positions. You saw how he took control of the match right away."
Wrestling in the first match of his final season, Braden Atwood showed why he is the nation's ninth-ranked 197-pounder with a 12-3 major decision of J.T. Goodwin. Atwood struck for an early takedown and went to work for back points, receiving a pair of two-point nearfalls. Starting the second period from bottom, he added an escape and Goodwin back down to the mat and rode him out for the red of the period. The Mustang opted to start the final period neutral, to which Atwood took advantage of by taking him down again. He accumulated 4:52 worth of riding time for his final point.
The Boilermakers also received decisions from Doug Welch (157), Pat Robinson (165) and Patrick Kissel (184). Welch used a second period escape and two-point nearfall, plus 1:49 of riding time to shut Colt Shorts out, 4-0. Robinson's takedowns in the first and third periods and an escape lifted him to a 5-3 decision of Travis Berridge in his first match of the season. Kissel improved to 4-1 with a 12-10 come-from-behind decision over Nick Feigener.
Purdue will be back in action at the Roadrunner Open hosted by Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday in Fresno, Calif. The tournament will get underway with preliminary matches at 1 p.m. ET. The finals and medal matches are set for a 9 p.m. ET start.
PURDUE 30, CAL POLY 9
125 // Yoshito Funakoshi (Cal Poly) dec. Aaron Assad (Purdue), 5-4 (SV1)
133 // Danny Sabatello (Purdue) won by forfeit
141 // Nick Lawrence (Purdue) pinned Connor Kim (Cal Poly), 3:57
149 // Alex Griffin (Purdue) tech fall Jacob Leon (Cal Poly), 17-0 (4:51)
157 // Doug Welch (Purdue) dec. Colt Shorts (Cal Poly), 4-0
165 // Pat Robinson (Purdue) dec. Travis Berridge (Cal Poly), 5-3
174 // Dominic Kastl (Cal Poly) dec. Chad Welch (Purdue), 5-1
184 // Patrick Kissel (Purdue) dec. Nick Fiegener (Cal Poly), 12-10
197 // No. 9 Braden Atwood (Purdue) maj. dec. J.T. Goodwin (Cal Poly), 12-3
285 // Nick Johnson (Cal Poly) dec. Tyler Kral (Purdue), 7-4
UIndy places seven at Trine Invitational
Jackie Paquette, Asst. AD for Student Support & Sports Information
ANGOLA, Ind.- The Greyhound wrestling team opened its 2014-15 season Saturday at the Trine Invitational, with five UIndy grapplers earning runner-up finishes, and another two taking fourth place on the day.
Nick Crume (3-1) was the first Greyhound runner-up, taking second in the 133 bracket. The redshirt freshman opened his season with a 15-0 tech fall over Olivet's Dean Roberts, added a major decision in the quarterfinals and took an 8-3 decision in the semifinals. Crume stumbled in the bracket final, falling via pin to Indiana Tech's Mitch Pawlak.
True-freshman Angelo Robles (3-1) also took second, in the 141-pound bracket. The Decatur Central product earned a trio of decisions en route to the final match, where he fell to Muskegon's Zachary Cooper 12-2.
Barry McGinley (3-1) opened his day with a fall in 1:23 over Trine's Adam Boles, then took a pair of wins in the quarter and semifinals before falling to Jordan Victor of John Carroll by a score of 12-6 to take second in the 157 weight class.
Also taking second was sophomore Shelden Struble (3-1). After a first round bye, Struble opened the season with a 9-3 win over North Central's Matt Marcotte in round two. He then took a win in the quarterfinals, and pinned his John Carroll opponent in 2:13 to earn a berth in the championship match. The Bryan, Ohio native fell in a close 6-4 match to John Carroll's Tyler Hardtke.
Brian Snyder (3-1) earned three wins in his first three bouts, outscoring his opponents 18-5. He then fell to Trine's Mackenzie Green 4-0 in the final match to take his second-place finish at 285.
Mason Meling (3-2) and Brian Wagner (3-2) both took fourth place in the 141-pound and 197-pound weight classes, respectively.
The Greyhounds continue their season next Saturday, heading to St. Charles, Mo. for the Lindenwood Open.
Mackenzie Green Leads Thunder at Trine Invitational
ANGOLA, IND.-- Mack Green won the Heavyweight championship to lead Trine's performance in the Trine Invitational, held Saturday at the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic Recreation Center.
Green (Buchanan, Mich./Buchanan) won all four of his matches handily to win his first tournament championship of the season. The All-American picked up a 4-0 decision to start the day, and followed with two pins to advance to the championship match. The senior won the championship over Brian Snyder of Division-II University of Indianapolis by 4-0 decision. Green has started the season strong, opening with a 10-1 record. Included among those victories are five pins.
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Michael Conner (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), Cody Konieczki (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center) and Jeffrey Helm (Westfield, Ind./Westfield) also saw some success on the mats. Conner advanced to the consolation semifinals of the 197-lb class before being eliminated. He finished with a 3-2 record on the day.
Konieczki also advanced to the consolation semifinals of his weight class. The sophomore picked up two wins, including a pin in the 149-lb division.
Helm also picked up a pair of wins for the Thunder, including one by pin. He concluded his day in the 141-lb class with a 2-2 record.
Trine placed 10th in the Invitational with 28.5 points. Complete team results are listed below.
Trine Invitational Results
1. John Carroll- 145
2. University of Indianapolis- 93.5
3. Muskegon Community College- 69.5
4. University of Chicago- 67
5. Indiana Tech- 64.5
6. North Central- 60.5
7. Baldwin-Wallace- 37
8. Manchester- 33.5
9. Olivet- 33
10. Trine- 28.5
Konner Chafin Highlights Spartan Performance at Trine
ANGOLA, IND. â€“ Manchester University early-season mat successes continued at the Trine University Open Saturday, Nov. 15.
The Spartans ended their day inside TU's Hershey Hall with five individuals claiming three-or-more victories.
Freshman 141-pounder Konner Chafin (Elkhart, Ind.) headlined the quintet. In his second collegiate opportunity, he finished 4-1. Chafin reached the championship quarterfinals before the University of Indianapolis' Anthony Robles held him off 7-5 en route to a runner-up effort. Undaunted, the first-year Black and Gold grappler worked his way through the back side of the bracket with a pair of decisions and a fall to wind up third.
Chafin was followed closely by a group that consisted of freshman 133-pounder Chase Wilson (Peru, Ind.); junior 141-pounder Josh Juarez (South Bend, Ind.); sophomore 174-pounder Dylan Lauffer (Fairfield, Ohio); and freshman 174-pounder Tristan Wilson (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Each member of the quartet turned in three wins.
The Spartans break from competition until Saturday, Dec. 6, when they host the Indiana Little States Championships.
Eric Johnson Wins Dan Gable Endowment Open
The Crimson Wave Wrestling team traveled to Oshkosh, WI, to kick off the season with the Dan Gable Endowment Open on November 15th. CCSJ came away with five place winners led by Senior Eric Johnson who finished 1st at 197. Johnson was 3-0 en route to capturing first and recorded a pin and a tech fall on the day. Also earning an impressive finish for the men was Junior Ramiro Rojas who finished 3rd at 149. Rojas had a tough last second loss in his first bout but was able to battle back to end the tournament with a 4-1 record. Other wrestlers placing were Sophomore Scott Pitrowski: 4th at 285, Freshman Tony Vasquez: 5th at 141, and Freshman Tyler Bernard: 5th at 184.
"Eric and Ramiro wrestled great and showed me they will be hammers in the lineup this year,â€ said Head Coach Ryan Rivera. â€œEveryone else was inconsistent and we need to clean up some things," added Rivera.
The Crimson Wave wrestling team will be traveling to Campbellsville University in Kentucky on Nov 22nd to compete in four duals against Campbellsville University, St. Andrews, St. Catherine, and Truet McConell all from the Eastern Regional.
Hoosiers Sign Five in Early Period
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - By sumbmitting their National Letters of Intent, five future student-athletes have signed to be members of the Hoosier Wrestling program starting with the 2015-16 season. Between them, the five wrestlers have seven state championships, three top five finishes at Flonationals and a Fargo Jr. National Champion.
TOMMY CASH â€¢ 149/152 pounds
Indianapolis, Ind. â€¢ Lawrence North H.S.
- 123-4 career record
- Indiana State Champion (138 lbs.)
- Fifth at Flonationals
GABE KOONTZ â€¢ 165 pounds
Edgewood, Ind. â€¢ Edgewood H.S.
- 106-23 career record
- Third at Indiana states (160 lbs.)
- Ranked #1 in Indiana
ELIJAH OLIVER â€¢ 125 pounds
Memphis, Tenn. â€¢ Christian Brothers H.S.
- 130-3 career record
- Three-time Tennessee state champ (120 lbs.)
- Fargo Jr. National Champion
GARRETT PEPPLE â€¢ 125/133 pounds
Kendallville, Ind. â€¢ East Noble H.S.
- 90-7 career record
- Two-time Indiana runner-up
- Fourth at Flonationals
DEVIN SKATZKA â€¢ 165/174 pounds
Richmond, Mich. â€¢ Richmond H.S.
- 141-10 career record
- Three-time Michigan state champ (152 lbs.)
- Third at Flonationals
#3 Wabash Routs Olivet on Opening Night
There is nothing quite like a little homecoming especially when you are away at college. While the three Lefever brothers didn't get some of ole Nancy's home cooking or their laundry done they got to wrestle in front of a big crowd one last time in their home gym. Back where it all started all three had dominating wins with the twins(Reece at 157 and Conner at 174) both earning pins, while returning national champion Riley had a major decision. Those three wins helped the Little Giants cruise to a 33-7 victory over the visiting Olivet Comets.
The night started out with former Perry Meridian Falcon Jacob Cottey taking the mat and losing a tough 7-2 match after getting the first takedown. At 133lbs, Chandler Moore had an impressive 11-5 decision in his first collegiate action. He narrowly missed the major giving up a late reversal.
With the team score knotted at 3, Michael Venezia came away with a 9-1 major decision for Wabashâ€™s first lead of the night. From there, another Perry product, Nick Bova squeaked out an 8-7 victory on riding time at 149lbs.
At 157lbs, returning two-time All-American Reece Lefever had very little trouble disposing of his Comet opponent in just under two minutes. With Wabash up 16-3 the victories kept pouring on with Ethan Farmer tilling up an 11-3 victory at 165lbs.
The 174lbs match was supposed to be one of the better ones of the night with two top 5 ranked wrestlers butting heads. However, Conner Lefever didnâ€™t waste much time and disposed of Nicholas Allen in 1:33 to confirm his higher ranking and get a little edge on twin brother Reece.
After an undefeated freshman season Riley Lefever took the mat looking to build upon his success. He garnered four first period takedowns en route to a 16-4 major decision. At 197lbs, Wabashâ€™s Brett Thumm overcame a 6-2 first period deficit to win 11-9 on a late takedown and nearfall. Olivetâ€™s Jesse Judge cruised to a 11-1 major decision at heavyweight to give Olivet their second win on the night.
125- Michael Schmidt (Olivet) over Jacob Cottey (Wabash
133- Chandler Moore (Wabash) over Matt Darling (Olivet)
141- Michael Venezia (Wabash) over Dominick Trevino (Olivet)
149- Nick Bova (Wabash) over Kyle Witgen (Olivet)
157- Reece Lefever (Wabash) over Ross Pennock (Olivet)
165- Ethan Farmer (Wabash) over Frederick Findeisen (Olivet)
174- Conner Lefever (Wabash) over Nicholas Allen (Olivet)
184- Riley Lefever (Wabash) over Justin Johnson (Olivet)
197- Brett Thumm (Wabash) over Thomas Hall (Olivet)
285- Jesse Judge (Olivet) over Conner Smith (Wabash)
Four Hoosiers Earn Podium Spots at Harold Nichols Open
Harold Nichols Open
Taylor Walsh (165) - Champion
Nate Jackson (174) - 2nd Place
Matt Irick (184) - 4th Place
Luke Sheridan (197) - 4th Place
Next Event: Keystone Classic at the Palestra (Philadelphia, Penn.) -- November 23, 2014
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AMES, Iowa - Fourteen Hoosiers travelled to Ames, Iowa today to take on the Harold Nichols Open. For nine of them, this was their first action of the season. Indiana finished the day with four wrestlers on the podium.
In his first bout of the day, redshirt senior Taylor Walsh earned a pin in 1:42 to become the all-time leader in career pins at Indiana with 48. He followed up his record setting pin with three more in as many matches to advance to the championship. Although he did not earn a fifth fall on the day, Walsh defeated England of Missouri 16-4 in a major decision. Walsh is now 5-0 on the season with a career pin total of 51.
Redshirt Sophomore Nate Jackson came close to giving Indiana two Harold Nichols champs, when he was defeated in a 5-3 decision in the championship bout. Jackson ended his day and the first event of the season 4-1.
Senior Luke Sheridan went 4-2 for the tournament to obtain a fourth place finish. He added three pins to bring his career total to 24, his last of which was in 21 seconds. Fellow wrestler redshirt shopomore Matt Irickhad a similar day, also finsihing fourth and had a record of 5-2. Irick completed his day with two pins.
On the day, there were four other Hoosiers who finished with multiple wins. Sophomore Sean Brown (141) won back-to-back bouts after dropping his first to end 2-2. Also winning two bouts was sophomore Luke Blanton (157), who earned a fall early in the day, with a second period pin of Iowa Western's Gray. Redshirt sophomore Trevor Moody (149) won his first two matches to advance to the quarterfinals where he was defeated in a major decision. Moody wrapped-up the open at 3-2. Redshirt junior Garret Goldman (HWT) lost his first match-up of the day, but won three consecutive bouts by decision (7-3, 2-0, 2-0) in the consolation bracket to finish 3-2.
Check out the Hoosier wrestlers at the first home match-ups of the season when they take on SIUE and Manchester on December 13 (10am).
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Four Top-Three Finishes Highlight Opener for Thunder
MUSKEGON, MICH.-- Four Trine wrestlers placed in the top three of their weight class in the season-opening Ben McMullen Open, held Saturday at Muskegon Community College.
Freshman Tylor Willms (Fremont, Ind./Fremont) and junior Michael Conner (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) each finished second in their respective weight classes, while freshmanNiko Barrantes (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and senior Mack Green (Buchanan, Mich./Buchanan) each notched third-place finishes. Thunder wrestlers recorded eight pins, which ranked sixth among the 14 teams that competed int he event. Trine performers finished 41-32 overall, which gave them the fifth-best winning-percentage of any team in the Open. The Thunder finished with 76.5 points, which unofficially placed them third. Official team scores were unavailable on the tournament results page at the time of writing.
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Willms adapted quickly in his first taste of collegiate wrestling. The freshman picked up wins by decision and major decision to advance to the semifinals in the 149-lb class. Willms notched his first-career pin in the semifinal, before dropping the championship to finish second.
Conner advanced to the championship of the 197-lb division with a pair of wins by decision and a dominating win by tech fall. He outscored his first three opponents 26-1 before falling in the championship match.
Barrantes gave Trine a second strong performance from a freshman wrestler. Barrantes recovered from a loss in his first match of the day to come all the way back and win three-straight matches to advance to the third-place match at 125-lbs. He notched his third-place finish with a win by major decision.
Green earned three pins on his way to his third-place finish in the heavyweight class, which tied for the second-most pins by any wrestler in the event. The senior closed his day with four-straight victories after dropping into the consolation bracket.
Cody Konieczki (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center), Brandon Preston (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), Austin Glynn (Decatur, Mich./Decatur) and Kevin Groves (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) also picked up pins for the Thunder. Groves and Preston picked up three wins on the day, while Glynn and Konieczki each finished with a pair of wins. Preston defeated an opponent from Division-II Grand Valley State in the 141-lb quarterfinals before dropping in the semifinals.
David Moore (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), Collin Haag (Manitou Beach, Mich./Addison), Jeffrey Helm (Westfield, Ind./Westfield) and Tyler Prater (Homer, Mich./Homer) also added victories for the Thunder.
Trine will host the Trine Open next Saturday, Nov. 15 in Hershey Hall. Matches begin at 10 a.m.
Freshmen Shine for Indiana Tech at Patriot Open
11/8/2014 9:07:00 PM
| Zach Shore | @INTech_SID88
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. â€“ Freshman Thomas Garty led a trio of Indiana Tech wrestlers who won their respective weight classes at the Patriot Open hosted by the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday.
Garty went 5-0 en route to his first collegiate individual title, including wins against the defending national champion from Cumberland University in the championship and Isaac Thomas of Lindsey Wilson who is the sixth ranked wrestler at 149-pounds. Garty won his a pair of matches by major decision and the other by a 12-6 decision to make an appearance in the semifinals where he defeated Thomas via fall at 4:08 and then won the title with a fall at 1:46.
In the 141-pound weight class the Warriors dominated, placing first, third and fourth in the bracket.Travis Barroquillo, competing unattached at the event, won weight class, going 4-0, including registering a fall against teammate Robert Humphrey in the quarterfinals. Humphrey then proceeded to win three consecutive matches before losing to teammate Matthew Miller in the consolation championship, taking fourth. Miller lost in the quarterfinals as well, but then won four straight matches, including two via fall, to take third.
Another freshman, Stone Neese, won his first collegiate individual title at 174-pounds while teammate Tyler Goldman took fourth in the same class. Neese received a bye in the opening round before winning via decision 8-2 over Hunter Smith of Life University then registered a fall at 1:47 over Dustin Harris of Cumberland University in the semifinals. To win the title, Neese defeated the hosts, Daniel Toth via a 2-0 decision. Goldman loss to Toth in the quarterfinals then won three straight matches, falling in the consolation championship by an 8-3 decision.
Four other Warriors placed in their weight classes at the open with two runner-up finishes by Brett Yarbrough at 133-pounds and Jake Johnson at 165-pounds and two fourth place finishes by Kristopher McKinley at 125-pounds and Brandon Sunday at 184-pounds.
The Orange and Black return to the mat on Saturday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Campbellsville, Ky. to take part in the Campbellsville Duals. Tech is scheduled to face St. Andrews Presbyterian at 9 a.m. followed by duals against Campbellsville (10:30 a.m.) and St. Catharine (12:30 p.m.).
Grapplers Battle in Gold & Black Matches
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nine weights were contested as the Purdue wrestling team held its Gold & Black Matches Saturday in Holloway Gymnasium. Nick Lawrence and Jacob Morrissey notched bonus point victories and four other matches were decided by less than two points.
Lawrence took redshirt freshman Cody Pae down four times and tallied a pair of three-point nearfalls en route to a 16-3 major decision at 141 pounds. The redshirt senior added 2:32 worth of riding time in the match. Morrissey, a redshirt freshman, pinned true freshman Blake Reid in 2:59. The Oconto Falls, Wis., native, wasted no time getting after Reid, taking him down early in the first period. He remained in control and got both of Reid's shoulders on the mat with one tick on the clock in the opening stanza.
The Gold & Black Matches began with back-to-back 3-1 bouts at 125 and 133 pounds. A second period reversal and 1:38 worth of riding time lifted redshirt freshman Aaron Assadpast true freshman Ben Thornton at 125. In a highly anticipated matchup at 133, it was redshirt junior Danny Sabatello's quick strike in the first period combined with 2:40 riding time that led to the decision over redshirt sophomore Kyle Ayersman.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Griffin edged redshirt senior Brandon Nelsen, 3-2, in a battle at 149 pounds. The first three minutes of action were scoreless, but that wasn't the case in the second period. Opting to start from bottom, Griffin got on the board with an escape and followed with a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. Nelsen escaped to make it 3-1 as the period came a close. Starting the final period from bottom, Nelsen escaped from Griffin for the final point in the match.
After spending last season at 174, redshirt senior Patrick Kissel has made the move to 184, where he took on last year's 184-pound starter, redshirt sophomore Tanner Lynde. Kissel notched a first period takedown and added an escape after starting the second period from bottom. Lynde got a takedown of his at the beginning of the third period after choosing a neutral start. He was unable to keep Kissel down for a 4-2 final.
The Boilermakers open their season at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Nov. 14. The dual will start at 10 p.m. ET. Two days later they will wrestle in the Road Runner Open hosted by Cal State Bakersfield in Fresno, Calif.
GOLD & BLACK MATCHES
125 // Aaron Assad dec. Ben Thornton, 3-1
133 // Danny Sabatello dec. Kyle Ayersman, 3-1
141 // Nick Lawrence maj. dec. Cody Pae, 16-3
149 // Alex Griffin dec. Brandon Nelsen, 3-2
157 // Doug Welch dec. Dustin Schultz, 6-2
165 // Andy Hoselton dec. Peter Andreotti, 5-1
174 // Jacob Morrissey pin Blake Reid, 2:59
184 // Patrick Kissel dec. Tanner Lynde, 4-2
197 // Drake Stein dec. Jacob Aven, 6-3
Spartans turn in strong results at Washington & Jefferson
WASHINGTON, PA. â€“ A pair of top eight placings from sophomore 174-pounder Dylan Lauffer (Fairfield, Ohio) and freshman 184-pounder Alex Roberts (Winslow, Ind.) guided Manchester University Saturday, Nov. 8.
Lauffer worked his way into the championship quarterfinals before Waynesburg College's Abu Kaba stopped him 4-1. He rallied with a major decision victory in the consolation quarterfinals before being sent into the 5th-place battle where the sophomore claimed fifth.
Roberts produced three decisions on his way into the top eight. He narrowly missed joining Lauffer in the top six with a hard-fought 5-1 loss in the consolation quarterfinals.
Freshman 149-pounder Eric Dan (Knox, Ind.) and freshman heavyweight Nick Joyner (Bedford, Ind.) also compiled multiple-win days with 2-2 records. MU's top squad finished their day at the Washington and Jefferson Open with 34 points which put them in the top 15.
The Spartans continue open competition Saturday, Nov. 15, at Trine University.
Indiana Tech Opens Season at MSU Open
11/2/2014 10:18:00 PM
| Mark Jagord
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The Indiana Tech wrestling team took to the mats on Sunday at the annual MSU Open at Jenison Field House. Nearly 500 wrestlers from 30 schools competed in the prestigious tournament, which features some of the top wrestlers in the nation. Tech had two wrestlers place with one losing in the championship round.
The Warriors pair took second and fifth places in the event, with Georgio Blades and Mitchell Pawlak in the freshman/sophomore division. No team scores were kept.
Blades went 3-1 in route to a second place finish in the freshman/sophomore division at 197-lbs. The sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind. won his first match over Michigan's Matthew Okaiye with a 9-2 decision before besting Lindsey Wilson's Jake Maupin by a 10-4 decision. In his semifinal match against Illinois' Colton Emmerich, Blades took another decision, 3-1. In the championship round, Blades fell to Illinois' Andre Lee in a 9-6 decision.
In the 133-lb freshman/sophomore division, Pawlak went 6-1 in route to a fifth place finish. The 5-foot-6 sophomore from Temperance, Mich. won his first match of the day by an 8-5 decision over Zachary Davis of Navy, before falling to eventual champion, Jered Cortez of Illinois in the second round by the narrowest of margins, 6-5. Pawlak fought his way through the consolation bracket with five wins from two major decisions and three falls.
Pawlak started the consolation bracket with a 12-1 major decision over Northern's Danny Carlson, and then bested Eastern Michigan's Ben Caladrino with a fall at 5:00. Pawlak took his next match against Notre Dame's David Bavery with a 12-4 major decision before getting a fall at 2:33 against Kyle Lukowich of Kent State. Pawlak then capped off the consolation bracket by beating Ohio State's Mike Hozan by fall at 0:25 for the fifth-place finish.
The Orange and Black return to the mat on Saturday, Nov. 8 when they travel to Williamsburg, Ky. to participate in the Patriot Open hosted by University of the Cumberlands.
Hoosiers with Five Top-5 Finishes at MSU Open
Freshman Fletcher Miller goes 4-0 to become MSU Open Champion.
Michigan State Open
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Next Event: Harold Nichols Open (Ames, Iowa) -- November 8, 2014
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - This past weekend, 13 Hoosier wrestlers competed in the Michigan State Open,five of whom earned top-five finishes in their divisions.
There were two divisions in each of the weight classes, Open and Freshman/Sophomore. Redshirt sophomoresJonathan Edwards (141), Trevor Moody (149), Gideon Van Hook (149) and redshirt junior Joe Randazzo (149) competed in the Open division. In the Freshman/Sophomore, sophomores Sean Brown (141), Luke Blanton(157) and Jake Masengale (184), along with freshmen Jake Danishek (157), Bryce Martin (165), Samuel Thomas (165), Brandon Joest (197), Fletcher Miller (HWT) and Gavan Jolley-Little (HWT) all made appearances.
The 157-pound Freshman/Sophomore weight class saw two Hoosiers place in the top five. Luke Blantonfinished with a 4-1 record, winning the consolation match for a third place finish. Jake Danishek, lost after winning his first two bouts, but Danishek, winning three straight, wrestled back for fifth place. Fellow freshman, Bryce Martin had a similar day to Danishek, wrestling back for fifth in the Freshman/Sophomore 165-pound class. After coming out on top in his first two bouts, Jake Masengale lost his final two, yet still finished in fourth.
Fletcher Miller was a MSU Open champion, going 4-0. He won his first match with a 15-2 major decision to advance to the quarter-finals where he won in a close 8-7 bout. In the semis, Miller won again with an 11-2 major decision. In the finals, Miller won handily, 6-1, against Logan Rimmer of Notre Dame College to claim first.
The Hoosiers will compete in the Harold Nichols Open on November 8, 2014 in Ames, Iowa.
Purdue Gold & Black Matches Set for Saturday
All 10 weights will be challenged starting at 3:30 p.m. ET in Holloway Gymnasium.
Nov. 4, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue wrestling team will hold its annual Gold & Black Matches in Holloway Gymnasium Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. All 10 weights will be contested as the Boilermakers prepare for their season opener at Cal Poly on Nov. 14. The Gold & Black Matches are free and open to the public.
"We're hoping a lot of fans will come out and watch our Gold & Black Matches because we are excited and we are ready," head wrestling coach Tony Ersland said. "I am proud of the hard work that our team has put in this fall and I am excited to see what they can accomplish during the season."
Ersland had the opportunity to see his squad in action while wrestling unattached at the Michigan State Open Nov. 2. Twenty-seven grapplers competed across the Freshman/Sophomore and Open Divisions with nine individuals placing.
OPEN DIVISION FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE DIVISION 125 // Aaron Assad // 6th 125 // Jonathan Marmolejo // 4th 133 // Kyle Ayersman // 5th 125 // Ben Thornton // 5th 141 // Nick Lawrence // 4th 149 // Brandon Nelsen // 2nd 174 // Chad Welch // 4th 174 // Jacob Morrissey // 5th 184 // Patrick Kissel // 2nd The Michigan State Open served as an early measuring stick, but also helped set the stage for the Gold & Black Matches.
"We were excited that we were able to see our guys compete last weekend at the Michigan State Open," Ersland said. "We used it as an evaluation tool to see where our team stands. We saw some good things and we also saw what we need to work on. The Gold & Black Matches will help the coaches and I evaluate what our lineup looks like in the future and heading into our first dual at Cal Poly."
Fans in attendance will be the first to see and take home the 2014-15 Purdue wrestling poster and have a chance to win a Boilermaker Wrestling Experience for each of the eight home duals this season. A winner and their guest will join the wrestling team for warmups and sit on the bench during the dual.
To enter, fans must to take a picture with the CONFIDENCE BUILT THROUGH PREPARATION photo display and tweet it to @PurdueWrestling using the hashtag #AlwaysAggressive.
Wabash Wrestling Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll
Wrestling | 11/5/2014 5:17:00 AM
| Brent Harris
Wabash is ranked third nationally in the 2014-15 preseason rankings released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
While appreciative of earning a place in the top-three positions, this Little Giant team has only one spot that on their mind --- finishing as national champions.
"I think the number-three ranking says we're doing the right things as a program," Wabash head coach Brian Andersonsaid. "Our expectation this year is to get a qualifier to nationals in all 10 weight classes. If we do that and compete the way I expect us to, we could bring a very special trophy back to this school. We need to stay focused on our efforts week in and week out by making progress individually. If we do that, everything else will take care of itself."
Wabash received 28 total points in the preseason poll conducted the NWCA. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was the top selection with 31 points. Messiah College earned 29 points for second. Delaware Valley College sits in fourth with 27 points, followed by Coe College in fifth with 21 points. The Little Giant wrestling team's social media efforts continue to be rewarded, as well. Wabash ranks 22nd in the first NWCA/Elite Level Sports Marketing Best of Brand Rankings.
Last year Wabash sent six wrestlers to nationals, including four returning competitors who are listed in the top-10 individual rankings to open the season. Tommy Poynter is ranked ninth at 125 pounds to open the year. Conner Lefever is listed third at 174 pounds. Reece Lefever, who earned All-America honors for the second consecutive season with a fourth-place finish at 157 pounds, is ranked third in that weight class to open the season. Riley Lefever claimed the first national championship for a Wabash wrestler by winning the 184-pound weight class in his freshman season. He earned d3wrestle.com Freshman of the Year honors and is picked number one in the preseason rankings at 184 pounds.
"Having four returning wrestlers who competed at nationals sets a great tone for our team," Anderson said. "The other wrestlers on our team realize qualifying for nationals is an attainable goal."
Wabash finished ninth overall in the team scoring at last year's national championship meet. Reece Lefever knows this year's preseason ranking is more tribute than reality.
"It's cool to be ranked third and receive that type of recognition for what we accomplished last year," Reece Lefever said. "But our goal this year is not to get third, it's to finish first. That's what we're training for this season. We know we wrestle against top-level competition every week. That will help us get ready for nationals this year, as well."
Reece's twin brother, Conner, and younger brother, Riley, understand the tone the veteran members of the team need to provide to the team if the Little Giants are going to achieve their goal of ten qualifiers.
"I'm trying to lead by example this year," Conner Lefever said. "I'm not the type of guy who talks a lot, but I want to work hard in practice and do the extra things that are necessary to qualify for nationals and earn a place on the podium as a national champion."
"Our motto this year is 'One Vision'," Riley Lefever added. "The fact we're ranked third changes nothing. It's definitely a sign of respect for what we accomplished as a team last season, but this is a new season. The coaches have stressed having the veteran wrestlers work with the younger wrestlers to show them the level of effort it takes to earn that place at nationals."
Poynter expects nothing to be easy this season as he charts a course to return to nationals and a chance to earn All-America honors and a national title in his senior season.
"I need to keep working hard this year just like I did last year," he said. "I'm working to be a good student-athlete here at Wabash, represent the College and our team both academically and on the mat. I feel a tremendous responsibility. I am trying to do all the right things to show hard work and perseverance can help achieve those goals."
The path back to nationals starts next Thursday when the Little Giants face Olivet College. The dual meet will take place at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Prior to the official start of the season, the Little Giants will compete in the annual Red-White duals Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
Green, Preston Ranked by NWCA
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine wrestlers Mack Green and Brandon Preston are both nationally-ranked in the first National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III rankings.
A reigning All-American, Green (Buchanan, Mich./Buchanan) is ranked third in the Heavyweight division. Preston (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) is ranked ninth among 133-lb wrestlers. Each wrestler appeared in the NCAA Division III National Championships last season. Green earned All-American recognition with a fifth-place finish, while Preston finished with a 1-2 record at the national meet. The NWCA ranks the top 10 wrestlers in each class throughout the season.
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Green concluded last season with a 33-8 record. That mark was good enough for Green to tie for the third-highest win total in a season in school-history. The senior placed first at both the Mid-States Tournament and Trine University Invitational. A 5-2 performance in the National Championships capped off his junior season with All-America honors.
Defending-National Champion James Buss of Loras College, and reigning third-place finisher Zach Roseberry of Delaware Valley are the only two wrestlers ranked ahead of Green.
Preston battled through injuries and was still able to earn a National Championship berth last season, as he concluded the year with a 25-15 record. Included in that record were five wins by pin, two by tech fall and five by major decision. Preston has appeared in the National Championships at both the 125-lb and 133-lb weight classes.
Also included among last season's highlights for Preston was a first-place finish in the Ohio Northern Invitational, and a second-place finish at the Mid-States Tournament.
Trine opens the season Saturday, Nov. 8 at Muskegon (Mich.) Community College's Ben McMullen Open. The Thunder will host the Trine Invitational Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.
Kieffers ranked individually in 1st Wrestling Coaches poll
Jackie Paquette, Asst. AD for Student Support & Sports Information
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EDMOND, Okla.- In the first edition of the NCAA Division Wrestling Coaches Association poll of the 2014-15 season, UIndy wrestling is receiving votes as a team, while brothers Josh Kieffer and Justin Kieffer both earned individual rankings in their respective weight classes.
Josh Kieffer earned the #5 spot at 125, returning down to the lightest weight class after wrestling at 133 a season ago. An All-American (6th) at 125 two seasons ago, Josh is a two-time national qualifier for the Greyhounds heading into his third season wrestling for Head Coach Jason Warthan.
Justin Kieffer is ranked #6 at 141, where he was the Super Region #2 champion a season ago. Also a two-time national qualifier for the Greyhounds, Justin will most likely redshirt this season.
As a team, UIndy is just outside the top 20, receiving votes in the preseason edition of the poll. The Greyhounds posted their best-ever NCAA Division II finish a season ago, taking eighth at the NCAA Division II National Championships behind four senior All-Americans in Alex Johns (125), Cameryn Brady (149), Jeff Weiss (165) and Evan Wooding (285). UIndy returns just three starters from a season ago, including both Kieffer brothers and 2014 national qualifier Shelden Struble.
Maryville topped the team rankings, followed by Ouachita Baptist, Nebraska-Kearney, Notre Dame (OH) and St. Cloud State.
The Greyhounds kick off the 2014-15 season officially Nov. 15 at the Trine Invitational, but will show off this year's team Saturday at their Intersquad/Alumni Roll Around. Wrestling begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center on three mats.
Indiana Tech Wrestling Ranked 8th in NAIA Coaches' Poll
Zach Shore | @INTech_SID88
POLL | KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€“ The Indiana Tech wrestling team, fresh off its best season ever, garners the No. 8 ranking in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches' Top 20 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Warriors received 53 points en route to their 18th-consecutive ranking in the poll.
Tech boasts six ranked wrestlers, including two top five individuals â€“ Travis Barroquillo (3rd, 141 pounds) and Mitch Pawlak (4th, 133 pounds). Kristopher McKinley is sixth at 125 pounds while LJ Grayson is seventh at 184 pounds.
Mitch Roadruck also registered at top-10 ranking, tying for the position at 149 pounds with Brett Yarbrough joining Pawlak at 133 pounds, ranking 14th in that weight class.
The Orange and Black won their first-ever East Region Qualifying tournament and placed eighth at the NAIA National Championships with three All-Americans, including the programs first national runner-up in Justin Brooks, who has since graduated.
Three-time defending national champion, Grand View (Iowa) retains the top spot with 154.5 points, 53 ahead of No. 2, Southern Oregon. Great Falls (Mont.) is currently third at 86 points with Missouri Valley (71.5) and Montana State-Northern (69) rounding out the top five.
The Warriors open their 2014-15 campaign on Sunday, Nov. 2 when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to compete in the Michigan State Open.
Preseason NAIA Group Ratings Released
The NAIA released their group ratings that included many wrestlers with Indiana ties. Here is a link to the ratings and a breakdown of wrestlers with Indiana ties that are on the list.
East Group School Total Team Points
1. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 178
2. Campbellsville (Ky.) 171
3. Indiana Tech 138
4. Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 109
5. Cumberland (Tenn.) 103
6. Life (Ga.) 87
7. St. Andrews (N.C.) 66
8. Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 38
1 Brandon Wright Grand View (Iowa)
2 Kristopher McKinley Indiana Tech
2 Mitch Pawlak Indiana Tech
3 Brett Yarbrough Indiana Tech
1 Travis Barroquillo Indiana Tech
3 Mitch Roadruck Indiana Tech
6 Thomas Garty Indiana Tech
2 Mitchell Judkins Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
5 Jacob Johnson Indiana Tech
2 LJ Grayson Indiana Tech
6 Brandon Sunday Indiana Tech
6 Chico Adams Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Purdue Announces 2014-15 Schedule
Sept. 10, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Eight home duals highlight an 18-dual slate for Purdue wrestling in 2014-15. In addition to duals against familiar foes from the Big Ten Conference, the nation's toughest wrestling conference, the Boilermakers' non-conference schedule features valuable competition from across the country for first-year head coach Tony Ersland's squad.
"I think overall the schedule does set up nicely for us," Ersland said. "It's always nice to see people from other areas of the country because the wrestling varies, so I think it's good to get out of the Midwest and go see some different people. I think we'll see a lot of good individuals to help us see where we are at early on.
"The amount of home duals is huge for us," Ersland continued. "We have a couple early so we can get people in the doors to see what the team is going to look like, what they are going to be, and hopefully that will capture their interest and they'll come back in February, when we have some really great competition. That's when they'll have an extended period of time to watch their team, which is what you want to build your home fan base."
Purdue opens its season Nov. 14 at Cal Poly. The trip to San Luis Obispo, Calif., will be the first for the Boilermakers since 2006 and a return for assistant coach Tyrel Todd, who served as an assistant coach for the Mustangs during the 2010-11 season. Purdue will make the most of its time in California by competing in Cal State Bakersfield's Road Runner Open two days later in Fresno.
Ersland's squad will make its home debut with a pair of duals against Northern Iowa and Indiana Tech on Nov. 23. After a one-year hiatus, Purdue returns to the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals Nov. 29 in Troy, N.Y. The 16-team event features three duals, with the Old Gold and Black set to square off against Missouri, Binghamton and Old Dominion.
"It does look like, from a training stand point, we get tested a little bit at the [Journeymen/ASICS] Northeast Duals," Ersland said. "Obviously Missouri is pretty tough and Old Dominion has some good individuals as well. Our early schedule gives sets us up to be able to have a really good evaluation of where we are at heading into Midlands, where we are really going to be tested and then heading into the Big Ten schedule."
Three duals and a classic winter tournament are on the docket in December. Purdue hosts SIU-Edwardsville Dec. 6 before traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn., for duals against North Carolina and the Mocs on Dec. 12. Although it's the sixth meeting all-time between Chattanooga and the Boilermakers, it will be the first time they've traveled to the Mocs home mat. The 52nd Annual Ken Craft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., close out the first half of the season Dec. 29-30.
The nation's premier wrestling conference will be on full display as the focus shifts to the rigorous Big Ten schedule. Five of Purdue's six duals in January will be on the road, with Ersland and assistant coach Zach Tanelli making their return to Nebraska (Jan. 9) and Wisconsin (Jan. 11), respectively. The Boilermakers follow with a battle against Northwestern in Holloway Gymnasium on Jan. 16 and two days later they'll be in University Park, Pa., to dual four-time NCAA team champ Penn State Jan. 18. The final two-dual weekend has Purdue making its first of two trips to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Buckeyes on Jan. 30 and return home for a Feb. 1 clash against Illinois.
"We're hit heavy in January, so we really need to have a really good training cycle coming off of Midlands; we'll have to have a good couple of weeks of training there because we won't train as much in January, but I do like where that leads us in February," Ersland said. "There we are down to one dual meet a week and we are at home the entire month. That gives us a good opportunity to train and peak as we get ready to go into Big Tens."
The three remaining duals will all be at home as the Boilermakers host Michigan (Feb. 8), Michigan State (Feb. 15) and close out the dual season against in-state rival Indiana in a Friday night showdown on Feb. 20.
A 15-day break awaits Purdue's grapplers before embarking upon what could be considered the toughest tournament in the nation, the Big Ten Championships.
"That stretch is huge because that's where you're looking to make another jump as a team, that's where you're peaking," Ersland explained. "You're really looking hard at your training cycles there and what you need to do because it might be that you need rest and recovery with the guys, let them get fresh and then come back and train hard. I think it's very important that you get out of February with your guys still hungry to compete, still hungry to train, because everyone knows that you make your living in March at Big Tens and NCAAs. This allows us to do that."
Familiarity will be a key factor as the postseason gets underway March 7-8. Just one month after traveling to Columbus for the Ohio State dual, Ersland's Boilermakers will return for the Big Ten Championships.
"Big Tens in Columbus will be nice because it's a close trip for us," Ersland said. "The guys should be comfortable since we have a dual there earlier in the season. They will know what to expand and how to handle things."
Success at Big Tens punches a ticket to the NCAA Championships in a location all-too familiar and welcoming for wrestling, the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The three-day tournament, held March 19-21, returns to St. Louis for the seventh time since 2000. It's a place where Ersland, Tanelli and Todd have found success on the biggest stage.
"NCAAs in St. Louis is always attractive," Ersland said. "We've been there a number of times so I think everyone is familiar with the layout, the setup and what it's going to be. From a familiarity standpoint, it should be good for us, there should be no confusion where you're going to cut weight or where the hotels are, things like that that you want your athletes to know and feel good about."
Zach Tanelli Added to Purdue Staff
Aug. 13, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head wrestling coach Tony Ersland has assembled another piece of his staff with the hiring of Zach Tanelli as an assistant coach. Tanelli, who is no stranger to the Big Ten Conference as a 2009 All-American at Wisconsin, joins the Boilermaker wrestling program after a five-year coaching stint at Hofstra.
"I was really impressed with Zach when he talked about the importance of being in a role of mentoring and guiding young men," Ersland said. "He's got the right mindset as a coach and we're very much in line with the school of thought in mentoring. A coaches' role goes beyond wrestling. With him, it's always about the student-athletes first. It's about serving them and I have a sense that is very important to him.
"Zach has had to wear a lot of different hats at Hofstra and has done a lot of different things. He's been put in a lot of different situations and scenarios during his coaching career. That's what I also like about him. His experience is going to be invaluable to us moving forward.
"We now have a staff with goals and expectations for this program to take it to the next level," Ersland said. "There's no doubt that Tyrel [Todd], Zach and I are all on the same page and are going to put in the work necessary to get there. I'm excited to get to work with these guys."
During his tenure at Hofstra, Tanelli worked his way up the coaching ranks and most recently served as interim head coach. He was the head assistant coach for the two previous seasons after spending his first three years as an assistant coach with the Pride.
The former Badger made an impact throughout Hofstra's lineup, particularly in the lower weights. Tanelli coached four All-Americans in Steve Bonanno (125), Lou Ruggirello (133), Justin Accordino (149) and P.J. Gillespie (165). The Pride won three-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) team titles (2011-13) before moving to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) in 2013-14, where they placed fourth with two finalists, including the 165-pound champion, Joseph Booth.
While in the CAA, seven Hofstra grapplers claimed tournament crowns under the guidance of Tanelli, including a pair of two-time champs in Bonanno and 184-pounder Ben Clymer. Jamie Franco (133), Luke Vaith (141), Gillespie (149), Ryan Patrovich (174) and Paul Snyder (HWT) were also titlists for Tanelli.
Tanelli wrestled the first three years of his Badger career at 133 pounds and bumped up to 141 for his senior campaign in 2009. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier at 133 and earned a spot on the 141 podium with a fourth-place finish for All-America accolades. During his senior season, Tanelli went on a blaze, owning a 31-6 record, including a spotless 7-0 mark against Big Ten foes. He was ranked No. 1 at his weight for the second half of the 2008-09 season after winning the 141-pound Midlands Championships title and was bestowed with the Champion of Champions Award.
Tanelli was a three-time Big Ten Championships placewinner and improved upon his finish each year. As a sophomore, he placed eighth at 133, followed by a fifth-place finish as a junior. Tanelli then took second at 141 as a senior.
During his career at Wisconsin, Tanelli compiled an 88-31 record with a blistering .967 winning percentage. He won 44 percent of his matches with bonus points, registering 15 major decisions, 13 falls and 11 technical falls.
A native of Milburn, N.J., Tanelli earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wisconsin in 2009 and his master's degree in higher educational leadership and policy studies from Hofstra in 2012.