Maryville University Saints Open 2018 with 5 Wrestlers in the Finals

MissouriWrestling.com Content Producer
January 11, 2018

Pictured above: Will Roark won the 141lbs Championship at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open

Dubuque, Iowa. (January 6, 2018) –
The Maryville University Saints open the second half of the season at the Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open which featured several Division I wrestlers. The Saints continued their success with at least one wrestler winning a championship. Will Roark once again led the Saints with a title at 141 lbs.

Roark started his run with a quarter-final win over Jordan Ringler, Davenport, MI with a major decision 14-2. In the semi-finals Roark opened his offense and pinned Chase Lienhard, Northern Iowa in 2:33 of the first period. In the finals, Roark beat Aaron Meyer, University of Iowa 4-0. Roark is 15-4 heading in to the Midwest Duals next weekend.

With a personal best performance, Kolby Smith placed 5th at 125 lbs. Smith’s performance was highlighted by a fall in 1:41 over Jacob Hiles, Loras College. Smith would wrap up his day with a 3-2 record which included 2 falls. Taylor Jokerst claimed fourth place in the 133 lbs. classification recording a fall in his final match.  

James Krischke advanced to the title match at 149 lbs. before getting edged 9-7 in SV-1 by Keaton Geerts from the University of Iowa. Krischke had a pin in 2:08 to start his day, then posted an 11-2 major over Tristan Lara of Northern Iowa. He reached the finals with a 5-2 decision over Ryan Leisure of Iowa State.

Matt Pratt advanced to the title bout at 157 lbs. but was defeated by DI wrestler Keegan Shaw of Iowa. He recorded a 9-0 major, then followed with a thrilling 7-5 victory in SV-1 to reach the finals. However, Shaw defeated Pratt by a 5-3 score. John Anderson took the fifth-place match at 165. He posted a 3-2 record. Anderson lost a narrow 3-2 SV-1 loss in the semi-finals to Austin Yant, Northern Iowa.  

Bailey Kelly reached the first-place match at 184 lbs. He opened with an 11-1 major then followed with a dominating 16-1 tech fall. Kelly picked up a fall at 6:26 before losing in the title bout 12-7. Dustin Politte reached the 197 lbs. finals against Steven Holloway of Iowa. Politte notched a pin in just 1:54 then edged Sam Cook of Iowa 3-2. Against another Iowa wrestler, Politte was narrowly defeated 5-3 in SV-1 for the title. 

Wrestling unattached, freshman Tyler Kreith, had a dominate performance placing 3rd at 125 lbs. Kreith was 5-1 on the day with 4 falls. Kreith, from O’Fallon, Missouri recorded all his falls in the first period. The fastest pin was over Jacob Hiles, Loras College in 1:37.

The Saints are back in action on January 13, 2018 at the Midwest Duals in Kearney, Nebraska.


Maryville University’s Pat “Flash” Flanagan Open Results:
Kolby Smith 5th 125 lbs.
Taylor Jokerst 4th 133 lbs.
Will Roark 1st 141 lbs.
James Krischke 2nd 149 lbs.
Matt Pratt 2nd 157 lbs.
John Anderson 5th 165 lbs.
Bailey Kelly 2nd 184 lbs.Dustin Politte 2nd 195 lbs.
Ethan Sherertz 6th 285 lbs.

Wrestling Unattached:

Tyler Kreith 3rd 125 lbs.
Anthony Pisciotta 4th 125 lbs.
Christopher Viehmann 6th 157 lbs.