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Reed and Bradford advance to championship wrestling semifinals

By Christopher Coombs

Des Moines, IA - The No. 7-ranked Lindsey Wilson wrestling team sits in third place after day one of the NAIA Wrestling National Championships on Friday at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, IA.

The Blue Raiders ended Friday with 56 total team points. Grand View (IA) leads the field with 137 points, followed by Mid-South Conference member Life (GA) with 56.5 points.

Five Lindsey Wilson grapplers remain alive in their respective double-elimination brackets. Brandon Reed (seeded No. 1 at Heavyweight) and Brett Bradford (No. 2 at 165) both reached the championship semifinals. Brady Moser (No. 8 at 133), Latrell Davis (No. 6 at 149) and Mark Taijeron all suffered one loss and are wrestling in the consolation bracket.

All five wrestlers will receive All-American honors for their performances at the championship as one of the final eight grapplers remaining in their respective weight brackets.

Bradford won his three Friday matches to advance to the championship bracket semifinals of the 165-pound weight class. The No. 2 seed got his tournament started with a pinfall in three minutes and 39 seconds over Drew Sams of Graceland (Iowa) and then defeated Alejandro Garcia of Menlo (Calif.) on a demanding 11-0 major decision.

The senior from Byron, Minnesota then took down No. 10 Andrew Null of Northwestern (Iowa) on an 8-4 decision. Bradford now faces No. 6 Andrew Bartel of MSU-Northern in Saturday's championship bracket semifinals. Bartel upset the No. 3 seed to reach the semis.

Reed also won all three of his matches on the first day of competition to reach the championship semifinals of the heavyweight class. The top overall seed got his day started with a commanding 19-5 major decision victory over Brix Brickley Jr. of Bethany (Kan.). He continued to dominate in his second match when he produced an 18-2 technical fall victory over Michael Stann of Concordia (Mich.).

The sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky then punched his ticket to the semifinals with a 6-3 decision over No. 8 Shawn Beeson of Graceland. Reed is now set to face No. 5 Jesse Gomez in his first match tomorrow morning.

Moser defeated Justin Coon of Southern Oregon by a 14-0 major decision to start his tournament in the 133-pound weight class. He then produced a pinfall victory with just three seconds left in the match over No. 9 Blaysen Terukina of Menlo.

Moser fell into the consolation bracket when he lost to No. 1 Shiquan Hall of Grandview by way of a pinfall.

In the consolation bracket, Moser kept his tournament going when he was able to narrowly defeat Mid-South Conference foe Marvin Galette of Campbellsville (Ky.) during TB-1 on a 3-2 decision.

The junior from Coral Springs, Florida is still alive in the placement bracket after day one of the competition and will compete against Jacob Seto of Cumberlands (Ky.).

Davis, wrestling at 149-pounds, opened his tournament with a pinfall, doing so with one second left in the match against Bryce Bachoski of Missouri Baptist. He would then fall to the consolation bracket when he lost to No. 11 Colby Johnson of Baker (Kan.) on a tight 10-9 decision.

The junior from Middletown, Ohio would battle his way back to stay alive in the tournament by winning three straight matches to close out his day. He won his first consolation match by a 14-6 major decision over Mason Calvert of Life (Ga.). He then took down No. 3 Chandler Michael of Southern Oregon on a close 6-5 decision before closing out his day with an 8-5 decision win over No. 9 Shonn Roberts of Providence.

He opens Saturday's placement rounds with a match against No. 4 Terrill Sider of Menlo.

Taijeron received an opening round bye but would then fall to the consolation bracket with a loss to No. 4 Steven Lawrence of Grandview.

He would then battle his way back to Saturday's placement matches with three consecutive wins. Taijeron took down John Watkins of Indiana Tech with a pin in just 56 seconds and would then defeat Campbellsville's Micheal Diemer on a 5-2 decision. He closed out his first day of competition with his second pin of the day. This one came against No. 10 Tanner Stone of Dickinson State 24 seconds into the second period.

The senior from Merced, California opens day two of competition against No. 11 Justin George of Reinhardt (Ga.).

After stating with an opening round bye, Derrick Smallwood (No. 7 at 157) was upset by No. 10 Taner Stone on a close 7-5 decision. In the consolation bracket, Smallwood took down Kevin James of Menlo via an 8-6 decision before narrowly defeating Jon McGowan of Oklahoma City during the sudden victory-1 period 7-5. His tournament would come to a close when he was pinned by No. 4 Steven Lawrence of Grandview.

Trent Johnson (No. 3 at 141) opened his day with a win when his first opponent was forced to forfeit. He then pinned Jesus Murillo of Jamestown (N.D.). He would then fall to the consolation bracket when he lost to No. 6 Nick Henneman on a 4-1 decision. The freshman's tournament run would come to an end when he fell to MSC counterpart No. 10 Jaedin Sklapsky of Campbellsville (Ky.)

Wrestling resumes tomorrow at 10amCT with Session III, which features the championship semifinals, consolation semifinals and consolation placements. Session IV and the championship finals are slated to begin at 7pmCT from the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The championship bouts will be streamed live on Watch ESPN.

This story was posted on 2019-03-02 10:51:58
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