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Missouri Valley College Wrestling places 6th with one national finalist at National Championships

March 5, 2018

Marshall, Mo. (March 3, 2018)- The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team finished competition Saturday at the 2018 NAIA Wrestling National Championships in Des, Moines, Iowa.  Four Vikings earned All-American status, led by Senior Andrew Simmons (Palmdale, Calif.).  Simmons finished as the National runner-up in the 165 pound weight class to lead the Vikings to a sixth place team finish.

No. 4 Senior Andrew Simmons (Palmdale, Calif.)-165 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated No. 18 Dominic Evans of Midland (Neb.) University in a 9-3 decision.
  • Second Round: Defeated No. 15 Chase Vincent of Oklahoma City University in a first period (2:41) pin.
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated No. 8 Angel del Cueto of Southeastern (Fla.) University in an 11-4 decision.
  • Semifinal: Defeated No. 3 Diorian Coleman of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College in a 7-3 decision.
  • National Championship Match: Lost to No. 1 Grant Henderson of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 6-2 decision.

Simmons finishes as the National runner-up in the weight class, and a two-time All-American.

“You can’t say enough about Andrew and what he’s meant to this program over the past four years,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “He finally got the chance to compete for the National title after working so hard while with the program to reach that point.  He drew a really tough opponent in the finals, but we’re really proud of Andrew and he had a great tournament.  He is a great team guy that will be missed next season.”

No. 5 Senior Donavan Fouchey (Oscada, Mich.)-197 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Chandler Knight of Doane (Neb.) College in a third period (6:39) pin.
  • Second Round: Defeated No. 9 De’Andre Jones of Cumberland (Tenn.) University in a 6-0 decision.
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated No. 6 Isaac Bartel of Montana State University-Northern in a 3-2 decision.
  • Semifinal: Lost to No. 1 Evan Hansen of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 13-2 major decision.
  • Consolation Semifinal: Defeated No. 12 Eric Fan of Eastern Oregon University in an 8-0 major decision.
  • Third Place Match: Lost to No. 6 Isaac Bartel of Montana State University-Northern in a 3-2 decision.

Fouchey finishes fourth at 197 pounds, and becomes a two-time All-American.

“Donavan has been a leader for our program the past three years and has been a two-time All-American with us and with his junior college,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “We have certainly been lucky to have his leadership and he will be missed.”

No. 10 Junior Kenny Boyd (Hollywood, Fla.)-157 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated Brandon Archuleta of Bethany (Kan.) College in a 12-5 decision.
  • Second Round: Defeated Josh Fuqua of Calumet (Ind.) College in a 12-4 major decision.
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated No. 3 Hunter Hodges of Southern Oregon University in a 4-1 decision.
  • Semifinal: Lost to No. 8 Brandon Weber of Montana State University-Northern in a 12-2 major decision.
  • Consolation Semifinal: Lost to No. 5 Nick Drendel of Williams Baptist (Ark.) College in a 7-2 decision.
  • Fifth Place Match: Defeated No. 7 Chris Vaughan of Hastings (Neb.) College in a 4-3 decision.

Boyd earns his first All-American honor, finishing fifth at 157 pounds.

“Kenny did a great job and came through a very tough bracket to reach the semifinals,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “Kenny is a tremendous leader and as a redshirt junior with one more year of eligibility left, we hope to have him back next season.”

No. 4 Junior Jesse Gomez (Fullerton, Calif.)-285 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated No. 20 Nigel Burnett of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University in a 6-1 decision.
  • Second Round: Defeated No. 9 Aaron Rafalko of Midland (Neb.) University in a 3-2 decision.
  • Quarterfinal: Defeated No. 10 Quandre Chisolm from the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in an 11-3 major decision.
  • Semifinal: Lost to No. 1 Dean Broghammer of Grand View (Iowa) University in a second period pin.
  • Consolation Semifinal: Lost to No. 5 Brandon Reed of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) University in a 4-2 sudden victory.
  • Fifth Place Match: Defeated No. 10 Quandre Chisolm from the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in a 3-0 decision.

Gomez becomes an All-American for the first time as a Viking, and finishes fifth at 285 pounds.

“Jesse did well his first time at the National championship,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “We had been trying to get him in the program the past couple of years, and we’re glad he’s with us now.  He did a great job holding down heavyweight for us this season and picked up some big point today, advancing to the semifinals.”

No. 3 Freshman Jacob Seto (Wilton, Calif.)-125 pounds:

  • First Round: Received a bye.
  • Second Round: Defeated No. 12 Keegan Hessler of Morningside (Iowa) College in a 10-7 decision.
  • Quarterfinal: Lost to No. 1 Hayden Lee from University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in a first period pin.
  • Consolation Fourth Round: Lost to No. 7 Sawyer Miller of Indiana Tech in a 7-3 decision.

Sophomore Zachary Durbin (Arnold, Mo.)-133 pounds

  • First Round: Received a bye.
  • Second Round: Lost to No. 2 Erique Early of Indiana Tech in an 8-6 sudden victory.
  • Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 8 Jaitlin Pitts of Williams Baptist (Ark.) University in a 17-9 decision.

No. 9 Senior Tobias Barnes (Romulus, Mich.)-157 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to Stephon No. 16 Gray of Midland (Neb.) University in a 6-4 sudden victory.
  • Consolation First Round: Received a bye.
  • Consolation Second Round: Defeated Bobby Ehman from University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in a19-7 major decision.
  • Consolation Third Round: Lost to No. 12 Thomas Garty of Indiana Tech in a 7-2 decision.

No. 10 Junior Dalton Tipton (Smithville, Mo.)-165 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated No. 17 Trezdon O’Neal of Marian (Ind.) University in a 19-0 technical fall.
  • Second Round: Lost to No. 3 Dirorian Coleman of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College in an 8-1 decision.
  • Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 9 Mitch Roadruck of Indiana Tech in a 10-7 decision.

No. 16 Senior Alex Destra (Aurbundale, Fla.)-174 pounds

  • First Round: Lost to No. 4 Adrian Lyons-Lopez from University of Providence (Mont.) in a 7-2 decision.
  • Consolation First Round: Received a bye.
  • Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 9  Keion McVay of Williams Baptist (Ark.) College in a 10-8 decision.

No. 5 Senior Cody Carson (Merriam, Kan.)-174 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated No. 15 Jeremiah Reed of Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University in a 19-0 technical fall.
  • Second Round: Lost to No. 17 Deandre Chery of Concordia (Neb.) University in a 4-3 decision.
  • Consolation Second Round: Defeated No. 12 Brandon Schuler of Northwestern (Iowa) College in a 2-1 decision.
  • Consolation Third Round: Defeated Ryan Whittle of Williams Baptist (Ark.) College in a 9-3 decision.
  • Consolation Fourth Round: Lost to No. 1 Lawton Benna of Grand View (Iowa) University in a 5-4 decision.

No. 10 Junior Tristan Ramberg (Chesapeake Beach, Md.)-184 pounds

  • First Round: Received a bye.
  • Second Round: Lost to No. 4 Jacob Smith of Baker (Kan.) University in a 5-2 decision.
  • Consolation Second Round: Defeated Lucas Miozza of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College in a 6-2 decision.
  • Consolation Third Round: Defeated No. 9 Tyler Webley from the University of Providence (Mont.) in a 10-1 major decision.
  • Consolation Fourth Round: Lost to No. 12 Tyler Noon of Menlo (Calif.) College in a 10-5 decision.

No. 13 Junior Terry Martin (Chicago, Ill.)-197 pounds

  • First Round: Defeated No. 18 Elias Mason of Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) University in a first period (0:15) pin.
  • Second Round: Lost to No. 2 Dalton Bailey of Life (Ga.) University in a first period pin.
  • Consolation Second Round: Defeated Brandon Reibly of Reinhardt (Ga.) University in an 8-3 decision.
  • Consolation Third Round: Lost to Dickinson State (N.D.) University in a 5-4 decision.

 

“There is some disappointment with finishing sixth in the team standings with the caliber of team we brought, but it shows our program’s expectations,” said Men’s Wrestling Head Coach Mike Machholz.  “I’m very proud of the four guys that finished as All-Americans, I thought they represented the program well.  Overall, I don’t think we were overmatched but in just a couple of matches throughout the weekend.  This year’s tournament was very deep with some previous National finalists not winning a match.  The coaching staff is proud of the effort our guys made, each of them battled in every match.  We lose six seniors that are major parts of the program, so we have some things to work on going into next season.  We’ll have to regroup and get back at it next season, but we have a great group of guys returning to work and make a stronger showing next year.”

The Vikings finished with 70 team points, and placed sixth overall in the team standings.  The program has finished in the top ten in 23 of the past 24 National championships.  Grand View (Iowa) University won the team National title with 171.5 points, while University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) finished second with 107 points.