Seven national top-10 team finishes
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Junior Daniel Page (Tumwater, Wash.) won the 125-pound weight class and senior TJ Peretti (Auburn, Wash., Mountainview HS) upset the defending national champion at 149 pounds as the Central College wrestling team finished runner-up at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Invitational Saturday.
One year removed from their first team championship since 2009-10, the Dutch placed eight wrestlers en route to 93.5 team points, six points ahead of third place (tie) Concordia University and Wis.-Oshkosh. Wheaton College (Ill.) won the team title with 137.5 points.
“Overall we wrestled well,” coach Eric Van Kley said. “It was disappointing to have four guys in the finals and only come away with one champion, but we won a lot of big matches to get to that point."
Page dominated the lightest weight class, posting a 4-0 record and opening with two falls. In the first round he won by fall (5:58) over Scott Worlund (Wis.-Oshkosh) and wasted little time in the quarterfinals, winning by fall in 52 seconds over Brandon Mayhew (Concordia). In the semifinals Page notched a 9-3 decision over No. 4-seeded Brady Sloup (Hannibal La-Grange) before topping No. 2-seeded Sean Ambrocio (Concordia) by 8-1 decision to take the title. Teammate Abe Fernandez (junior, Tampa, Fla., Strawberry Crest HS) finished fourth at 125.
After winning by tech fall (19-3, 7:00) over Moses Kulee (St. Olaf) and major decision (13-5) over Marcus McCauley (Lakeland), Peretti upset the top-seeded, defending national champion Greg Sanders (Concordia) in overtime (3-2, TB1) to advance to the final. No. 3-seeded Carl Elmer (St. Olaf) won by 5-3 decision to take the crown.
“Daniel had an outstanding day," said Van Kley. "He dominated the mat against quality opponents and TJ’s win was probably the biggest of his career.”
Two other Central wrestlers finished runner-up at their respective weight classes—Aaron Anderson (sophomore, Clarion, Clarion-Goldfield HS) at 133 pounds and Tyler Lowy (junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird HS) at 197.
No. 1-seeded Anderson received a first-round bye and won his 133-pound semifinal match by 6-5 decision over Craig Mason (Wis.-Oshkosh), but lost by 11-10 decision in the championship match to Marcus Lubner (Concordia).
No. 2-seeded Lowy also won three matches to advance to the 197-pound title match. Lowy won by 16-3 major decision over Nick Martin (Wis.-Platteville) in the first round and won by fall (0:53) over Jonah Mrozinsky (MSOE) in the second. After a 10-4 decision over No. 3-seeded Caleb Staub (MSOE) in the semifinals, top-seeded Mitchell Steed (Wheaton) won by 5-4 decision. Teammate David Demmer (junior, Bankston, Western Dubuque) placed sixth.
Ryan Vandall (freshman, Phoenix, Ariz., Moon Valley HS) was third at 157 pounds after a 4-1 record on the day, with three decisions and one tech fall. Sam Apland (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) placed fourth at 174 with a 3-2 record on the day, highlighted by a fall in less than one minute.
“All of our guys competed today, which is what we wanted to see,” Van Kley said. “We made a few technical mistakes in some matches, but we will improve and move forward.”
The Dutch return to dual format Thursday on the road against St. Olaf (Minn.) at Northfield, Minn. Last season Central scored a 27-11 win over the Oles (1-1 overall). St. Olaf was also at the MSOE Invitational this weekend and finished sixth with 67.5 points.