CRETE – Three wrestlers earned top-six places to lead Midland University at the Doane Open in the Fuhrer Field House.
Stephon Gray, a junior from Chicago, captured third at 165 pounds. Dominique Evans, a freshman from Denver, was fourth at 149 while Adam Ball, a senior from Manistee, Michigan, was sixth at 197.
Gray moved into the semifinals with decisions over Northeastern Junior College’s Justin Anderson and Tell Ward of Iowa Western Community College before losing a 4-3 decision to Concordia’s Laaiq Hedrick. He won his consolation semifinal match over RK Brown of Simpson and then took third place by receiving a medical forfeit.
Evans advanced to the semifinals with decisions over Levi Green of Baker, York’s Lupe Jimenez and Tyler Stegall of Maryville before losing a 3-2 decision to Jake Wilson. In the consolation semifinal, Evans won by 15-3 major decision over Bryce Shults of Cowley before losing by fall to Colby Johnson of Baker.
Ball pinned Nick Ackerman of Pratt Community College in 3 minutes, 59 seconds in his opening match before losing by fall to Baker’s David Dow in the quarterfinals. Ball then worked through the consolation bracket by winning an 11-6 decision over Iowa Western’s Tim Barr and pinning Northeastern’s Dylan Buschow in 7:00. He then suffered a pair of losses.
Others wrestling for the Warriors on Saturday included:
Devante Williams, a junior from Chicago, who went 1-2 at 125. His victory on the day was a pin of Doane’s George Shadbolt in 1:08.
Michael Robles, a junior from Alhambra, California, who went 2-2 at 141. He scored a 12-11 decision in his opening match and a pin of Doane’s James Reddick in 1:09 in his second bout.
Tristian Snover, a freshman from Seward, who was 1-2 at 141. He won by an 11-1 major decision over Fabian Guerrero of Northwest Kansas Technical College.
Paul Longshore, a senior from Alexandria, Kentucky, who went 4-2 at 167. He put together a string of four straight victories in the consolation bracket.
Sophomore Ronnie Nelson was 1-2 for the tournament at 174, including a 2-0 decision over Dakota Wesleyan’s Zechariah Westergaard.
Freshman Kendall Farr went 1-2 at 285, scoring a 3-2 decision over Jaron Christiensen of Northwest Kansas.
Maury Lemons, a senior from Chatsworth, California, was 3-2 at 285, highlighted by a pin of Cowley’s Isaac Doze in 1:01.
Brandon Johnson, a freshman from Lake Stevens, Washington, went 1-2 at 285, including a 2-1 decision over Steven Gregory of Grand View.
The Warriors will take a break from action until hosting the Viking-Warrior Open on Dec. 30 at Hopkins Arena.