Seven national top-10 team finishes
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—For the second straight year, the Central College wrestling team finished second in the 11-team field at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) Invitational Saturday.
The Dutch scored 107 points and had 11 placewinners. Wis.-Oshkosh won the tournament with 163 points and St. Olaf (Minn.) placed third with 94.
Finishing second in their class was Joseph Atwell (junior, Jamaica, Panorama HS) at 157 pounds and Jake Crawford (junior, Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) at 285 pounds. Both wrestlers went 2-0. Atwell won by decision twice and Crawford won by fall (:15) and decision.
Central got third-place finishes from Ryan Davis (junior, Northwood, La.) at 149 pounds, Colten Moore (junior, West Burlington) at 165 and Greg Barner (junior, Audubon) at 184. Davis was 4-1 and posted a pin in 33 seconds. Moore dropped his first match and won the next five, recording three pins and two major decisions, and Barner was 4-1 with a pin and three decisions.
“Those three had their best days of the season,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “Colten persevered and bounced back after a tough first round and avenged his loss with a major decision later in the bracket. Barner had an overtime match on the backside and won a tough 3-2 match to determine third and fourth place. It was a hard, gritty effort from everyone.”
At 174 pounds, Tommy Van Renterghem (senior, Oskaloosa) placed fifth (3-2) and Sam Apland (freshman, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) finished sixth (2-2). Theron Stewart (junior, Marshalltown) was fourth (3-2) at 197 pounds and Dan Gordon (senior, Anchorage, Alaska, Diamond HS) was fifth (3-2).
Daniel Page (freshman, Yelm, Wash., Tumwater HS) was sixth (1-3) at 125 pounds and TJ Peretti (sophomore, Auburn, Wash., Auburn Mountainview HS) was sixth (1-3) at 141 pounds.
Contributions at each weight class propelled the Dutch to success.
“The key was a balanced effort,” Van Kley said. “Everyone picked up some points and competed well. To have that many wrestlers place, out of 15 total wrestlers, is a really good effort overall.”
Central travels to Indianola Thursday for a double dual hosted by Simpson. The Dutch meet Augustana (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m. and face Knox (Ill.) at 8:45 p.m.