Sunday, February 02, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph wrestling team particiapted in the prestigoius Wheaton College Invitational over the weekend. The Lions finished the two-day event with 28.5 points, good enough for a 20th place finish. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was the meet champion with 155.5 points. The Invitational showcased 32 teams, 10 of which that were nationally-ranked. It is the longest running tournament in the nation, othan than the national tournament, and is considered a preview for the year's national tournament.
Two Lions earned top eight finishes. Wayne Black (Indianapolis, IN/Pike) had a strong showing in the 141-pound weight class. Black entered the tournament unseeded, but earned a third place finish. Black finished the tournament 5-1, He defeated Nathaniel Behnke, a returning All-American and 4th seed in the first round and ranked 10th by D3wrestle.com , and followed up with winning by pin in :41 seconds, then 12-8 decision over the 5th seed Isiah Schaub, a D3 wrestle.com national contender. He lost 12-4 to Kaleb Loht, ranked number one in the nation by both the NWCA and D3wrestle.com and seeded number one. He then won with a pin in 1:32 over Charlie Banazak, whose is ranked 10th in nation by NWCA and is a national contender by d3wrestle.com. Black ended the day beating the three seed, Matt Addock, who is ranked 4th in the nation by NWCA and 7th by D3wrestle.com Black has a 27-8 overall record this season.
Sean Brooks (Englewood, OH/Northmont) fought hard for an eight place finish in the heavyweight class. Brooks finished the event with a 3-3 record. Brooks, who was unseeded for the tournament, lost in the first round 4-2 to Charles Jones but came back and won by pin in :21 seconds over Daniel Kiesling. He followed that with a 5-3 decision, then a 6-5 decision and a medical default to end day one. Brooks then lost 7-0 to Cody Lovejoy, who is ranked 10th by
d3wrestle.com and ended the day losing again to Charles Jones 4-1. Brooks has compiled a 27-11 overall record this winter.
Tyler Ray (West Chester, OH/Lakota East) and Nick Manning (Moores Hill, IN/South Dearborn), who were unseeded, finished 2-2 and 1-2, respectively, for the tournament.
The wrestling team will travel to Wabash University on Thursday for a dual meet, and competing in the Case Western Reserve University Duals on Saturday.