Maryville University Saints wrestling lead by Will Roark at the Jim Koch Open

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December 5, 2017
Will Roark won the 141lbs Championship and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Jim Koch Open. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Denney, Maryville University)
Will Roark won the 141lbs Championship and was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Jim Koch Open. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Denney, Maryville University)

Kenosha, WI. (Dec. 2, 2017) – The Maryville Saints were lead by Will Roark at the Jim Koch Open.  Will Roark claimed the title at 141 lbs. with a 4-0 record. He began his day with a 10-2 major and recorded a 3-1 win in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Roark claimed a 9-6 victory to reach the finals. Against Rudy Yates of Division I Northern Iowa, Roark won by a 5-3 count for the title. 

Jaret Singh reached the semifinals at 125 and eventually finished in sixth place. He recorded a 16-1 tech fall and followed with a 15-3 major decision. Singh was defeated by Purdue’s Devin Schroder, who eventually took the 125 lbs. title.

At 149, James Krischke, ranked #1 in the latest NCAA Division II rankings, reached the semifinals before suffering a 6-0 loss to Anthony Cheloni, UW-Parkside. In the 3rd place match Krischke defeated Division I foe Keaton Geerts, University of Northern Iowa with a fall in 3:34. He defeated Koby Reyes, Purdue with a 3-2 decision earlier in the day. For the tournament Krischke would finish the day with 3 falls.

In the 157 classification, Matt Pratt battled in the consolation bracket to garner sixth place. He won 7-2 before dropping into the consolation bracket. Pratt cruised to a 16-4 major decision before notching a 7-5 win. He was edged by one point in the fifth-place match. 

John Anderson grabbed fifth place for the Saints at 165. He won his first match 6-0 before getting edged 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Anderson posted wins by 8-4 and 7-2 before taking fifth place.

Bailey Kelly picked up fifth place at 184. In the consolation draw, he posted two quick falls in 1:21 and 1:26. Kelly continued his roll with a 14-6 major and tacked on another fast pin in just 42 seconds. After dropping a two-point decision, he won the match for fifth. 

Dustin Politte reached the title match at 197. He won his quarterfinal bout 10-3 and won in the semis with a fall at 1:15. However, he was edged in the championship match. 

For the heavyweights, Ethan Sherertz took third place to cap the day. He won his opener 5-2 and emerged with a 6-5 win in the quarterfinals. Sherertz lost by one point in the semis but won 1-0 to reach the third-place bout. He won his finale in a high-scoring 11-10 decision.

Wrestling unattached, Tyler Stegall placed 6th at 149 lbs. Stegall posted 3 wins on the day with a major decision 11-0 over Andy Santana, Triton College. Stegall followed that win with a 5-3 sudden victory over August Whittington, UW-Parkside. He also registered a 9-5 decision over Division I wrestler Tyler Shilson, University of Wisconsin.

The Saints are back in action on December 7th at the Doane Open in Crete, Nebraska.


Maryville University’s Jim Koch Open Results:
Jaret Singh 6th 125 lbs.
Will Roark 1st 141 lbs.
James Krischke 3rd 149 lbs.
Matt Pratt 5th 157 lbs.
John Anderson 5th 165 lbs.
Bailey Kelly 5th 184 lbs.
Dustin Politte 2nd 195 lbs.
Ethan Sherertz 3rd 285 lbs.

Wrestling Unattached:
Tyler Stegall 6th 149 lbs.