Seven national top-10 team finishes
GALESBURG, ILL.—Three Central College wrestlers—Daniel Page (junior, Tumwater, Wash.), Aaron Anderson (sophomore, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) and Tyler Lowy (junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS)—won individual titles at the Knox (Ill.) Invitational Saturday in Galesburg, Ill.
Page won the title at 125 pounds, Anderson was the champion at 133 and Lowy placed first at 197. Overall 12 Dutch wrestlers placed in the top six, including five freshmen.
“All three of those guys had good tournaments,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “The key to all three was their offensive performance, both on their feet and on the mat. They attacked all day and it showed in some dominant performances, especially in the finals.”
Page—seeded No. 1 at the invitational and ranked No. 5 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III preseason rankings—opened with a 9-1 major decision over Brady Sloup (Hannibal Lagrange) and a 7-4 decision over Sam Butler (Augustana). In the semifinals he scored his first fall of the season in 2:25 over No. 4-seeded Slade Stiles (Buena Vista) and secured the title with a 12-3 major decision over No. 2-seeded Jimmy Panozzo (Augustana). Teammate Abe Fernandez (junior, Tampa, Fla., Strawberry Crest HS) rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to finish fourth at 125. Jake Hergott (freshman, Lincoln, Neb., Southeast HS) placed sixth.
Anderson—seeded No. 1 at 133—opened with a 15-4 major decision in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals he won by 17-11 decision over Sean McMahaon (Augustana) before edging out No. 2-seeded Nick Miceli (Milwaukee School of Engineering) for the title by 7-4 decision. Teammate Jackson Agey (freshman, Des Moines, Van Meter HS) wrestled back to fourth place after a quarterfinal loss.
No. 3-seeded Lowy—the only Dutch champion not seeded No. 1—knocked off the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds en route to the 197-pound crown. He opened the day with a 14-1 major decision over Jonah Mrozinsky (MSOE) and an 8-1 decision over Bryant Etherton (Wis.-Platteville) in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Lowy upset No. 2-seeded Hunter Feraco (Augustana) by 4-2 decision and put an exclamation point on his day with a fall (3:26) in the finals over No. 1-seeded Helmut Rentschler (Truman State). Teammate David Demmer (junior, Bankston, Western Dubuque HS) came back from a quarterfinal loss to finish sixth.
Jaime Miranda (freshman, Aberdeen, Wash.) led the freshman class with a runner-up performance at 285 pounds. Miranda opened the season with a fall (6:00) over Ben Dudley (Truman State). In the quarterfinals he upset No. 2-seeded Abraham Duran (Augustana) by 2-1 decision and advanced to the finals with a 5-4 decision over Kyle Andreae (Wis.-Platteville). The championship bout featured two unseeded wrestlers and Taylor Gohn (Wheaton) won by 7-2 decision.
“We felt all along we had a solid recruiting class,” said Van Kley. “All in all, they did a lot of good things today. They wrestled hard and had great attitudes. It was fun to see their hard work pay off with positive results.”
Additional Dutch placewinners included Mike O’Connor (freshman, Lockport, Ill., St. Rita HS), Ryan Vandall (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Moon Valley HS), Keegan Overbey (senior, Modesto, Calif., Ceres HS) and Sam Apland (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS).
O’Connor placed fourth at 149 pounds, while Vandall placed fourth at 157. Both Overbey and Apland were fifth at 157 and 174, respectively.
“It’s a good way to start the season,” Van Kley said. “We need to improve in some areas, but I was pleased with our attitude and aggressiveness as a team.”
Central returns to the mat Saturday at the Harold Nichols Open hosted by Iowa State. Start time is 9 a.m. at Ames.