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Mount Wrestling Earns 20th Place at Wheaton College Invitational

Sunday, February 02, 2014
by Matt Ivory

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. 

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