Seven national top-10 team finishes
GALESBURG, ILL.—Led by two second-place finishes from Ryan Davis (senior, Shreveport, La., Northwood HS) and Theron Stewart (senior, Marshalltown), Central College had eight placewinners at the Knox College (Ill.) Invitational Saturday. No team scores were kept.
At 149 pounds, Davis won three straight matches before falling by a 3-1 decision to top-seeded Ryan Maus of NCAA Division II Truman State University. At 197 pounds, Stewart also won three matches on his way to the final. He fell to Truman’s Helmut Rentschier by decision, 5-0.
“They both wrestled well and it was good to see them in the finals,” coach Eric Van Kley said.
The Dutch had four third-place showings. Senior Jake Crawford (Monroe, Southeast Polk HS) claimed third with a hard-fought 4-3 overtime decision at 285 pounds, knocking off top-seeded Abe Durant of Augustana College (Ill.).
“Jake had a terrific effort today,” Van Kley said. “He lost a tough one in the semis but battled back and beat a good Augustana heavyweight in the sixth overtime. It was fun to see and a good way to cap off the day.”
At 125 pounds, Daniel Page (sophomore, Yelm, Wash., Tumwater HS) took an opening-match loss, then won five straight, including a pin in 5 minutes, 52 seconds for the third-place win. Tyler Lowy (sophomore, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) was seeded second at 184 pounds and posted a 3-1 record. Freshman Aaron Anderson (Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) was 4-1 at 133 pounds and grabbed the third-place win by a 2-1 decision.
Freshmen Dusty Fellows (Fort Myers, Fla., Riverdale HS) and Mikah Fellows (Fort Myers, Fla., Riverdale HS) finished fourth and fifth, at 174 and 157 pounds, respectively. They each went 4-2 and Mikah beat the third seed by a 10-8 overtime decision for fifth place.
Van Kley was pleased with the squad’s effort at the season’s first tournament.
“It was a good day overall and we were strong throughout the weights,” he said. “I was happy to see the consistency. And I thought our younger wrestlers stepped up and competed well.”
The Dutch return to dual action Wednesday, facing No. 3 Coe College at 7 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium in Pella.
“That’ll be a big one,” Van Kley said. “Coe’s as good as any team in the country. The guys are excited for the challenge. They’ll bring their best effort and be ready to go Wednesday night.”