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LWC Wrestling finishes 2nd at Patriot open

Blue Raider's very impressive in first-ever competition at Williamsburg, KY

By Dan White, LWC Ass't Sports Information Director

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- Wrestling at Lindsey Wilson College had an impressive start with a second-place finish in the program's first-ever competition at the Patriot Open hosted by University of the Cumberlands (KY) on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders took second place in the team standings with 115 points, while the host Patriots earned the team title with 214.5 points. Marian Military Institute (Ala.) rounded out the top three with 112 points.

Sophomore Craig West represented the start of Lindsey Wilson wrestling in the school's first-ever match. West's debut set the tone for the day as he recorded a pin in the first period.

West recorded the historic fall against Tennessee Temple's Shane Vibbert in the 157-pound weight class.

Two Blue Raiders and two Lindsey Wilson student-athletes wrestling unattached qualified for the NAIA National Championships by finishing in the top-25 percent of their weight class at the open.

Freshman Brian Thompson qualified at 133 with a second-place finish in the class after scoring 10 points on the day.

Thompson received a first-round bye and then defeated Ryan Lowry from King (TN) College, 7-3, in the quarterfinals. The Winston-Salem, NC, native won again in the semifinals over the Patriots' Joseph Morales (5-2), before falling in the finals by major decision to Cumberlands' Jacob Gregory, 19-5.

Sophomore Chip Condon finished fourth at 157 to qualify for nationals. Condon contributed seven points to the team total while competing in five matches at the open.

Condon also received a bye in the first round before topping Patriot Jeremy Bollman 18-3 in the quarterfinals. Condon got the decision against another Cumberlands wrestler, Kris Cope, 15-8, before losing to the Patriots' Kevin Sanchez, 12-8, in the semifinals.

Dropping into the consolation bracket, Condon faced a familiar opponent in Lindsey Wilson junior Drew McElrath. McElrath lost in the quarterfinals of the winner's bracket, but had won four straight consolation matches to advance to the match with Condon.

In a matchup that ultimately decided who would earn a trip to nationals, Condon narrowly received the decision over McElrath by a 4-3 score.

Lindsey Wilson freshmen Zach McCormick at 149 and Robert Nash at 157 each qualified for nationals unattached.

Nash won the individual title in his class with an 18-1 technical-fall decision over Sanchez from Cumberlands. McCormick lost his quarterfinal match, but won four straight in the consolation bracket to finish fourth at 149.

Junior Keith Klink placed third for the Blue Raiders at 125 after losing a close match to eighth ranked Larone Madison of Cumberlands, 6-2, in the semifinals.Klink began his run through the 125-pound bracket in dominating fashion with a first-period pin against Campbellsville (KY) University's DeCoreus Leavell in the quarterfinals.

Newcomer Ryan Shank took third place at 165 with 8.5 points on the day. After losing in the quarterfinals, Shank won two matches in the consolation bracket, including a 12-11 decision over Marian Military's Joe Salvatore in the consolation finals.

Lindsey Wilson earned a place in the top four of the 197-pound weight class with freshman Jacob Ilg finishing fourth. Ilg won his first-round match over Tennessee Temple's Corey Wright , 6-5, before losing in the semifinals.Ilg won a consolation match, 3-1, against freshman Bill Semones, wrestling unattached for Lindsey Wilson, to earn his spot among the top four.

Freshman Aaron Wilson just missed a spot among the top-four 141 finishers. Wilson lost his first-round match and then cruised through two straight consolation matches before being pinned by Campbellsville's Daphilo Success in the consolation semifinals.

Freshman Kyle Routt also competed at 141, losing in the first round of both brackets.

West followed up his pin in the first round of the 157 bracket with a loss to Campbellsville's Conor Young by fall in the second round.

West recovered to win three straight matches in the consolation bracket, but was knocked out of a top-four finish with his second loss of the day to Young by pin in the consolation semifinals.

Freshman Kurt Wilbert won his quarterfinal match against King's Kole Bishop, but lost in the consolation semifinals to Salvatore from Marion Military.

After winning by forfeit in his first match, freshman Steven Rink was pinned in the 174 consolation semifinals by Campbellsville's Josh Ashbrook.

Junior Zach Marshall was on the cusps of a place among the top-four of the 285-pound weight class before falling in the consolation quarterfinals, 2-1, to Carlton Thompson of Cumberlands.

Marshall had pinned the Patriot's Craig Carrodeguas in the first round, before losing to King's Pierce Embry, 12-7, in the quarterfinals.

Eight other Lindsey Wilson student-athletes wrestled unattached at the Patriot Open.

The freshman trio of Leo Hardy, Andy Lenz and Kary Goff combined to score four points at 125.

Newcomer Scott Flesher tallied three points at 141. Freshman Cody Washington went winless at 149, while sophomore Andrew Hairston collected three unattached wins in the 174 consolation bracket.

Two Blue Raiders competed unattached at 285 as freshmen Teddy Furnish and Derek Nickel combined for two points. Furnish won a pair of consolation matches, while Nickel lost in the first round of both brackets.

Lindsey Wilson Wrestlers returns to action on November 7, 2009, at the Eastern Michigan University Open in Ypsilanti, MI.

This story was posted on 2009-11-01 10:15:27
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