Missouri Valley produces three All-Americans

Park City, Kan., (March 6, 2021)- The Missouri Valley College men’s wrestling team competed at the 2021 NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championship in Park City, Kan., and produced three All-Americans. Leading the team was Sophomore Joshua Isaac (Woodbridge, Va.), who placed fifth at 285 pounds.

No. 7 Sophomore Joshua Isaac (Woodbridge, Va.)-285 pounds:

First Round: Received a bye.

Second Round: Defeated Brandon Antesberger of Doane (Neb.) in a 9-4 decision.

Quarterfinal: Lost to No. 2 Greg Hagan in a first period (2:43) pin.

Consolation Fourth Round: Defeated Bryon Pierce of Midway (Ky.) in a 3-2 decision.

Consolation Fifth Round: Defeated No. 6 Noel Orozco of Eastern Oregon in a 5-1 decision.

Consolation Semifinal: Lost to No. 4 Patrick Depiazza of Cumberland (Tenn.) in a second period (3:34) pin.

Fifth Place Match: Defeated Jesse Pryor of Southeastern (Fla.) in a 7-5 decision.

Isaac finishes fifth at 285 pounds and becomes an All-American for the first time in his career. He finishes the year with an 11-3 record.

No. 3 Junior Elias Vaoifi (Independence, Mo.)-165 pounds:

First Round: Defeated Gavin Smith of Campbellsville (Ky.) in a 6-4 decision.

Second Round: Defeated Gabriel Crawford of Concordia (Neb.) in a 14-2 major decision.

Quarterfinal: Defeated Elliott Rodgers of Marian (Ind.) in a 9-8 decision.

Semifinal: Lost to Kyle Kirkham of Southeastern (Fla.) in a 6-4 sudden-victory period decision.

Consolation Semifinal: Lost to No. 5 Cole Smith of Cumberland (Tenn.) in an 8-0 major decision.

Fifth Place Match: Lost to No. 4 Sid Ohl of Life (Ga.) in a 10-0 major decision.

Vaoifi finishes sixth at 165 pounds, and becomes a two-time All-American. He ends the year with a 14-4 record.

Junior Hayden Wempen (Riverton, Wyo.)-184 pounds:

First Round: Defeated Daryus Webb of Williams Baptist (Ark.) in an 11-10 decision.

Second Round: Lost to No. 2 Eric Vermillion of Indiana Tech in a 10-4 decision.

Consolation Second Round: Defeated Joey Ewalt of Baker (Kan.) in a 7-2 decision.

Consolation Third Round: Defeated Kyle Knudtson of Eastern Oregon in a 7-6 decision.

Consolation Fourth Round: Defeated No. 12 David Richardson of Campbellsville (Ky.) in a 4-2 decision.

Consolation Fifth Round: Lost to Baker Hadwan of Life (Ga.) in an 8-3 sudden-victory period decision.

Seventh Place Match: Lost to Trajan Hurd of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in a 7-4 decision.

Wempen finishes eighth at 184 pounds and becomes an All-American for the first time at Missouri Valley. He ends the year with an 11-7 record.

Freshman Brayden Bradley (Belton, Mo.)-125 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 4 Brandon Orum of Life (Ga.) in a 17-2 technical fall.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Defeated Shay Horton of Thomas More (Ky.) in a first period (2:26) pin.

Consolation Third Round: Lost to No. 5 Nathan Orum of Indiana Tech in an 8-2 decision.

Junior Devon Schoenberger (Windsor, Conn.)-125 pounds:

First Round: Defeated No. 11 Luciano Fasulo of Eastern Oregon in a 13-10 major decision.

Second Round: Lost to No. 6 Isaac Crowell of Southeastern (Fla.) in a third period (6:24) pin.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 5 Nathan Orum of Indiana Tech in a third period (5:40) pin.

Sophomore Joseph Rice (New Plymouth, Idaho)-141 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 9 Austin Wallace-Lister of Warner Pacific (Calif.) in a third period (5:30) pin.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to Austin Belker of Baker (Kan.) in a 6-4 decision.

Freshman Jovon Mitchell (Stafford, Va.)-149 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 12 Joseph Eads of William Penn (Iowa) in a 5-2 tiebreaker round decision.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 11 Ryan Delforge of Ottawa (Kan.) in a 9-6 decision.

Junior Hunter Wagner (Titusville, Pa.)-149 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 10 Nate Wheeler of Indiana Tech in a 9-2 decision.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 8 Tristan Zamilpa of Doane (Neb.) in a 3-1 decision.

No. 9 Senior William Seibert (Farmington, Mo.)-165 pounds:

First Round: Received a bye.

Second Round: Lost to No. 8 Frederick Padilla of Vanguard (Calif.) in a 16-0 technical fall.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to Chris Paulsen of Briar Cliff (Iowa) in a first period (1:54) pin.

No. 5 Junior Karim Shakur (Martin City, Calif.)-184 pounds:

First Round: Defeated John Olivieri of Cumberland (Tenn.) in a 9-1 major decision.

Second Round: Lost to No. 12 David Richardson of Campbellsville (Ky.) in a 1-0 decision.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to Kohl Drake of Southeastern (Fla.) in a 10-2 major decision.

Freshman Steven Elwell (Knob Noster, Mo.)-197 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 11 Daulton Mayer of Thomas More (Ga.) in a second period (4:10) pin.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 12 Marco Retano of Eastern Oregon in an 11-9 sudden-victory period decision.

Junior Dayton Brown (Warrensburg, Mo.)-197 pounds:

First Round: Lost to No. 9 Carlos Figueroa of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in an 18-2 technical fall.

Consolation First Round: Received a bye.

Consolation Second Round: Lost to No. 7 Bradley Antesberger of Doane (Neb.) in an 8-0 major decision.

As a team, the Vikings finished No. 15 in the standings with 31.5 points. Life (Ga.) won the team National championship with 158 points.

Missouri Valley has produced 167 All-Americans.