BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (Nov. 5, 2017)– Central Missouri Mules wrestling got the 2017-18 season started competing at the Baker University Dan Harris Open on Sunday. The Mules were originally set to host the annual UCM Open, but it was cancelled. The Mules had a solid outing finishing the tournament with nine placewinners.
Earning first place finishes for the Mules at the Dan Harris Open were Andrew Tujague at 149 pounds and Kaleb Warnerat 157 pounds. The other seven placewinners for the Mules were John Feeney at 125 pounds, Daide Agnew at 141 pounds, Tyler Selemaea at 174 pounds, Braden Best at 184 pounds, Dominique Hampton and Noah McGinnis at 197 pounds, and Ryan Morris at 285 pounds.
Tujague went 5-0 on the day for UCM picking three wins by decision and one apiece by major decision and pin. In his first match of the day he pinned Gabriel McDuffe, of Labette Community College in 1:35. He carried that momentum into match No. 2 scoring a 20-7 major decision over Dalton Hensley of Pratt Community College. Tujague then ripped off three straight wins by decision to secure his first place finish. In the championship match, he earned hard fought 6-4 decision over Austin Roper of Benedictine.
Warner went 4-0 for the Mules with with two wins via decision and the other two coming by way of pin and a medical forfeit. warner received a bye in the first round, then won a high-scoring a match over Jared Woods by way of a 14-10 decision. He picked up his first pin of the season in the next match with pin over John Pacha of Ottawa in 4:52. Warner’s second decision came in the semifinal round over Colton Stalford of Benedictine, 3-2. Warner won the championship via a medical forfeit by Blake Clevenger of Drury.
Feeney went 4-2 at 125 pounds to finish fourth. He received a bye in round one and scored 11-4 decision in round two to advance. Feeney’s first lost came in the quarterfinal round as she dropped a 7-4 decision to Dallas Wilson of Pratt. he bounced back with a pin, decision and tech fall to advance to the third place match. Feeney pinned Trevor Compton of Ottawa in 6:48 and shutout Noah Martinez 15-0 to secure the tech fall. In the third place match, Feeney was pinned in 4:08 to finish fourth.
At 141 pounds, Agnew also went 4-2. He earned three of his four wins by major decision with the other coming by decision. He started the day with a 12-3 major decision over Nicholas Wolfe of Ottawa. His first loss came in the quarterfinal via a 11-0 major decision. He then earned back-to-back major decisions, 15-4 and 13-3, to get to the consolation semifinals where he won via a 7-3 decision. Agnew took Alex Gomez of Benedictine in the third place match, but fell by pin to finish fourth.
Selemaea made his debut for the Mules at 184 pounds and went 4-2 to earn a fourth place finish. He earned two decisions and one major decision on the day. His first match was tight one as he scored a 9-8 decision over James Ellis of Pratt. He dropped his next matching via a tiebreaker and fell 3-2 to Walker Fisher of Concordia. His second win of the day was due to a forfeit,but he used the rest to pick up his final two wins by way of a 12-2 major decision and 3-2 decision. He fell in the third place match dropping a 12-4 major decision.
Best had to settle for a fourth place finish at 184 pounds due to the fact he reached his match limit for the day. NCAA rules dictate that wrestlers can only compete in six matches in one day competitions. Best, in true matches, went 5-1 on the day. He had the most pins for UCM with three, while his other two wins came via decision. Early in the season, Best has the fastest pin at 36 seconds which he earned over Alexander Cantu over Labette. His two other pins were in 1:35 and 1:37, respectively.
Hampton went 5-1 as a 197 pounder for UCM to finish third. He started the day winning his first three matches. Hampton scored a 8-3 decision in his opening round match, then pinned his opponent in the second match in 54 seconds. His third straight win came via a 22-11 major decision. His win streak was halted there as he dropped a 6-1 decision. Hampton bounced back winning his final two matches, both by decisions, to finish third. He battled teammate McGinnis in the third place match and won with a 7-3 decision.
McGinnis went 3-2 in true matches at 197 to place fourth behind Hampton. He also started the day winning his first three matches, two which were by pin. McGinnis scored an 8-1 decision in his first match then posted back-to-back wins via pin in times of 2:49 and 3:25, respectively. He dropped a 5-3 decision in the quarterfinals but was able to advance to the third place match after a no contest rule win over teammate Zach Benner who had reached his daily match limit. McGinnis dropped the 7-3 decision to Hampton.
Morris went 4-1 in true matches at 285 pounds to place third for the Mules. He dropped his first match of the day via a 10-2 major decision, but bounced back in dominating fashion with three straight pins. His pin times were 2:52, 1:25, and 4:00. One of his three pins was against teammate Chase Miller who he pinned in 1:25. Morris’ fourth win came by way of a medical forfeit to get to the third place match and he secured the third place finish due to a no contest rule as Ben Melton of Drury reached his daily match limit.
Despite not placing UCM, Benner had a solid day going 5-1 at 197 pounds. He picked up three of his five wins via a pin with the other two coming by decision. He managed to reach the consolation semifinals, but was at six matches, and had to withdraw with a no contest.
The Mules are back in action next Sunday, Nov. 12, as they will compete in the Show-Me-State Duals which is hosted by the Missouri Tigers. The Mules will compete against Truman State, Missouri Valley College, and host Missouri. Mat action gets underway at noon.