By SHANNON HEATON, Northeast Florida Matmen
Getting ranked is just the beginning. Doing what’s needed to keep it is the next step for South Dakota State University’s wrestling program, coached by Bolles School alum Chris Bono.
The Jackrabbits, which moved into the top 25 in the USA Today/NWCA poll at No. 21 overall, had a group of wrestlers compete in the Harold Nichols Open, hosted by Iowa State University in Ames on Sunday. With several of them non-starters, SDSU had two wrestlers place, as Logan Peterson (157) and Brady Ayers (184) each placed fourth in their respective brackets.
Meanwhile, Division II’s Newberry College, coached by Clay alum Cy Wainwright, had three duals in competition Saturday at the Mid-South Duals, hosted by St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC. The Wolves narrowly defeated Southeastern University of Lakeland, 24-23, and lost to Campbellsville University, of Campbellsville KY, 22-16. Results were not immediately available for Newberry’s dual against Cumberland University.
Here’s a rundown on Northeast-area wrestlers competing in Sunday tournaments and earlier in the week:
Josh Walker (Columbia ’15, Neosho Community College): Reached the finals of the Central Missouri Open in Warrensburg on Sunday, with two victories. Walker decisioned unattached wrestler Domo Hampton, affiliated with the host squad, by an 8-6 decision, and then reached the final with a 6-4 decision over Nathaniel Taumoheloa of Wentworth Junior College. In the final, Walker fell to unattached wrestler Archie Williams by a 9-2 count.
Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14, University of Nebraska-Kearney): Went 1-2 at 197 pounds for the Lopers at the Harold Nichols Open in Ames, IA. Van Dorn opened with a 5-3 sudden-victory win over Iowa State’s Joe Teague in the first round, but then lost to Nebraska-Lincoln’s Aaron Studebaker in the first period, in 2:14. Van Dorn then lost in the consi fourth round, two matches short of a medal, by an 8-3 to unattached wrestler Will Balow, affiliated with Minnesota. On Friday, the Lopers (#6 in Division II) dropped a pair of duals to Division I squads Utah Valley (35-6) and host Northern Iowa (43-0) in Cedar Falls, IA. Van Dorn lost by tech fall in 5:03, 17-2, to Utah Valley’s Tanner Orndorff, and then again by tech to Northern Iowa’s Drew Foster in 6:15, by a 20-4 score.
Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State): Went 1-2 at 285 pounds for the Buckeyes at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Troy, NY. Fox took a 5-0 loss to Buffalo’s Ian James and then lost 3-0 to Lehigh’s Christian Colucci, but then finished fifth in his grouping with an 8-2 decision over Brandon Ngati of West Virginia.