FLORES CAPTURES TITLE AT COWBOY OPEN
LARAMIE, WY. – In his first wrestling tournament as a varsity wrestler, Sidney Flores (Air Force/Bishop Amat HS) finished the day with a 4-0 record at the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming, after defeating Cole Verner 9-5 in the championship bout.
A former National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American, Verner now competes for the University of Wyoming. It was a close match entering the second period until Flores garnered six near fall points in the period to run away with the match.
Freshman Ethan Leake (Northern Colorado/Buchanan HS) took third place in the amateur division of the Cowboy Open at 149-pounds. After defeating Teontae Wilson (Nebraska-Kearney) 13-7 in the first round and then pinning Grant Barkhurst (Air Force), Leake was defeated by the eventual champion Cameron Haddock (Unattached – Utah Valley University) 9-4 in the quarterfinal round.
Leake went on to win three additional matches. Including gaining a 10-2 major decision in the third-place bout over Dylan Martinez (United States Air Force Academy Prep).
Competing in his first collegiate tournament, Gavin Nye (Colorado State University-Pueblo/Corning HS) placed third in the heavyweight division after winning six consecutive matches in the consolation bracket. Nye’s lone defeat was in the first round against Chase Trussell (Unattached – Utah Valley University) the eventual second place finisher.
CALIFORNIA WRESTLERS HAVE STRONG SHOWING AT JIMMIE OPEN
Six California wrestlers competed and placed at the Jimmie Open at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota. The top finishers of the six were two-time California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) place winner Zavion Roberson (University of Jamestown/Bakersfield College/Ridgeview HS) as he placed second at 197-pounds. Roberson pinned Ryan Stottler (University of Mary) in 49 seconds and won by 9-1 major decision over Jacob Arends (Concordia-Moorhead) to advance to the championship round. However, Roberson was pinned by Cole Witzing of North Dakota State University in 2:32.
Other finalists for the golden state was Dean Arevalo (Minot State/Riverside Poly HS) as he finished second at 125-pounds. Arevalo finished the day with a 3-1 record after being defeated by Nate Humann (University of Mary) 12-9.
Former CCCAA All-American Pedro Corona (University of Jamestown/Bakersfield College/Independence HS) advanced to the semifinal round after earning a bye and an 8-3 decision over Braeden Dickinson (University of Mary). In the semifinal round, Corona was defeated by the eventual champion in McGwire Midkiff (North Dakota State) 10-5. Corona came back in the third-place match, by pinning William Hayden-Horton (Minot State) in 4:29.
Carsen Paynter (University of Jamestown/Chabot College/Granada HS) finished in third place at 157-pounds for the Jimmies. Paynter won his opening bout 14-3 against Jonathan Risto (University of Saskatchewan), and in the quarterfinal round, Paynter was a 15-13 winner over Alexander Skaare (Concordia-Moorhead). Paynter lost his semifinal match against Adam Jaeger (Concordia-Moorhead) and was sent to the consolation pool. In the consolation round, he earned a 20-5 technical fall and a 23-10 major decision in the third-place bout versus Minot State’s Zachary Berry.
Oscar Nellis (Minot State) began his collegiate career with a bang as he pinned Seth Caro (Dakota Wesleyan) in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Nellis earned a hard-fought 7-5 overtime win over Jake Nohre (Concordia College). Nellis earned the takedown with 13 seconds left in the first overtime period of the match. After being defeated by Nate Humann (University of Mary) 3-0, Nellis won an additional match in the consolation bracket before losing to Cole Kubesh (Concordia-Moorhead) in the third-place bout via a fall.
Tanner Smith (University of Jamestown/Windsor HS) Kickstarter his senior campaign by earning a fall in 19 seconds over Gerald Kenkel (Wayne State). An 8-2 decision over Parker Wahl (University of Mary) and he was on his way to the championship semifinals. In the semifinal round, Smith was defeated by Jesse Shearer of Division I school North Dakota State via a fall. Smith lost his third-place bout via a fall against Anthony Raupp (Minot State).
EVAN WICK KEEPS ON WINNING
A year ago, Wick shocked the wrestling community as he locked a cradle to pin Lock Haven’s Chance Marsteller in the third-place bout of the NCAA Division I Nationals. Now in a new season, Evan continued his winning ways as he claimed a Harold Nichols Cyclone Open title at 165-pounds.
Earning the top spot in his division, Evan Wick (University of Wisconsin/San Marino HS) had no trouble as he teched his first opponent (18-3) in the second period of their match to advance to the semifinal round and take on Travis Willers (Iowa Central CC). It was a takedown clinic against Willers as Wick recorded six takedowns to none to move on to the championship round and faced a tough opponent in two-time NCAA qualifier Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa).
In the championship bout, Wick was gridlocked with Steiert as the match was tied 2-2 with each earning a takedown in the match. Entering the third period, Steiert, choose down, a mistake that would go on to hurt him as Wick was triumphant in riding him the entire period to earn the riding point and win the match, 3-2.
AREYANO LEADS CENTRAL COLLEGE AT POINTER OPEN
Competing in his first collegiate tournament of his career, Robert Areyano (Central College/Selma HS), began his day by earning a 21-5 technical fall over Corey Knudsen (Wisconsin-Oshkosh). Areyano put together another victory, this time by fall, over Trey Hild (Wisconsin-Parkside) in 6:13 to advance to the semifinal round.
He then rounded out his first-place quest by earning a 7-6 win over Central College teammate Jordan Challen to advance to the finals against Nathan Smith (Wisconsin-Parkside), an NCAA Division II opponent. Areyano competed tough against Smith but was no match as Smith pinned him in the first period of their championship match.
ANDRADE CAPTURES TITLE AT 285S TO LEAD NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA A&M – DAN HARRIS OPEN
Tony Andrade (Gilroy HS) captured the 285-pound weight class at the 10th Annual Dan Harris Open in Baldwin City, Kansas.
It was the first college tournament of his career for the former CIF state champion. After earning a bye in the first round, Andrade got the fall over Dylan Jorns in 2:08 to advance to the quarterfinal round. In the next two rounds, Andrade earned an 8-2 win over Aaron Pringle (Neosho CC) and a forfeit win in the semifinal round to advance to the championship match. In the finals with his quickness and excellent wrestling skills, Andrade was able to win the match over Michael Stann (Concordia) 11-5.
Two additional California wrestlers placed in the tournament. Jonas Gaytan (Midlands) was third at 133-pounds, and Michael Stann (Concordia) was second at 285.
Former CCCAA All-American Jonas Gaytan (Midlands/Clovis HS) made his way to the semifinal round at the Dan Harris Open but lost an 8-2 decision to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American Boo Dryden (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College). Gaytan won his next two bouts in the consolation bracket to place third.
Michael Stann (Concordia/Temecula Valley HS) was a man on a mission as he earned two major decision wins and a fall to advance to the championship round. In the championship bout, he fell 11-5 to fellow Californian Tony Andrade.
HEDRICK WINS TITLE AT SIMON FRASIER INVITATIONAL; 13 OTHER CALIFORNIA WRESTLERS PLACE
2018 WCWA All-American Alex Hedrick (Simon Frasier/Bella Vista HS) won the 55kg weight class at the Simon Frasier Invitational. After earning a bye in the first round, Hendrick won two additional matches 12-0 and 12-1 to advance to the championship bout. In the finals, she took on fellow teammate Lauren Mason, also an All-American during the 2017-18 season. The bout wasn’t as close as the score makes it look as Hedrick won the match, 6-1.
Another All-American from Simon Frasier made the finals at 55kg, this time it was Lauren Mason (Woodcreek HS). Mason started her tournament by earning a 10-0 tech fall victory over Alexandra Herle (Emmanuel College) and then went on to pin 2016 WCWA All-American Alexia Ward (McKendree) in the first period of their match to advance to the finals. In the finals, Mason lost 6-1 against Hedrick.
Sophomore Alyvia Fiske (Vintage HS) was the third finalists from California and for Simon Frasier. Competing at 68kg, Fiske earned two consecutive 10-0 wins to advance to the championship final and take on Hannah Gladden (Emmanuel College). Their finals match was close throughout the two periods. However, a two-point move by Gladden proved to be the difference as she won 4-3.
2018 WCWA All-American Precious Bel (Menlo/Eastside HS) was the lone finalist for the Oaks as she advanced at 76kg. Bell received a first-round bye then proceeded to tech fall Emily Cue of Simon Fraser in the quarterfinal and Rebekah Trudel of Simon Fraser in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. In the finals, she ran into Leah Ferguson of Keystone Wrestling Club and ultimately fell via pin at 1:49.
Freshman sensation Alleida Martinez (Menlo/Selma HS) made her college debut as she placed third at 50kg. After receiving a first-round bye, Martinez earned a 10-0 technical fall victory over Clare Garcia (Emmanuel College) and a second-period pin over Jocyln Bhatha (Coast WC) to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, Martinez fell 8-0 to Natasha Fox (Saskatoon WC) to get sent to the consolation round. Martinez won two additional matches, including a fall over Mary Olapade (EWC Bears WC) in the third-place bout.
The Oaks had another great performance from Tiana Jackson (Menlo/Central Catholic HS) as she placed third at 55 kg. After earning 10-0 technical fall, Jackson advanced to the semifinal round where All-American Hedrick defeated her via 12-1 win. In the consolation round, Jackson earned a 14-4 victory and a 4-2 win over 2016 WCWA All-American Alexia Ward (McKendree)
Other California wrestlers placing in the tournament included:
53 kg – Gracie Figueroa (Menlo/Selma HS) fifth-placed
62 kg – Solin Piearcy (Menlo/Cupertino HS) fourth-placed
62 kg – Destiny Lyng (Oklahoma City University/Helix Charter) fifth-placed
65 kg – Ophelia Lara (Emmanuel/Gahr HS) fourth-placed
68 kg – Iman Kazem (Menlo/Merrill F. West HS) fourth-placed
68 kg – Marilyn Garcia (Menlo/Birmingham HS) sixth-placed
72 kg – Celycia Sandoval (Menlo/Franklin HS) fourth-placed
86 kg – Emily Sandoval (Menlo/James Logan HS) fourth-placed