Wrestling Competes at Campbellsville
The Crimson Wave wrestling team traveled to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY this weekend to compete against some of the country’s top competition in three team duals. The team was 0-3 in their duals.
The first match saw them square up against the NAIA’s 4th ranked Campbellsville and the men were defeated 49-0. Despite being shut out, several of the individual bouts where close calls beginning with Anthony Hawkins who started the dual at 125lbs in a narrow 2-0 loss to Chase Boone. At 157 Sophomore Ramiro Rojas also suffered a close loss in a 2-1 decision to Joe Whalen. Meanwhile 6th ranked Eric Johnson and 15th ranked Dennie Brown both had heartbreaking losses. Brown started off his match against 13th ranked Travis McIntosh by jumping to an early 5-2 lead but late in the match he got caught on his back and gave up a pin. Johnson’s loss came at the hands of 16th ranked Nate Knauf 3-1, when he gave up a takedown near the edge of the mat in the final seconds.
The team had another disappointing result in their second match when they battled 1st ranked Notre Dame College (NCAA-D2) and lost 53-0. Their final bout of the day saw the team pick up their first individual wins in a 35-15 loss to Tiffin University (NCAA-D2). The match was highlighted by Dennie Brown picking up a pin over his opponent. Also getting wins were Anthony Hawkins at 125lbs and Robert Chicvera at 133lbs.
“Today was a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves against some top programs, said Head Coach Ryan Rivera. “I was proud to see nobody backed down and they all went out and competed hard. We had disappointing results, but it’s a long season and we will work hard to bounce back from this.”
The team will take to the mats again on Dec 7th in the Little States tournament hosted at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN.
Johnson and Brown Ranked in NAIA Polls
The NAIA National Office released the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Top 20 Poll this week. The Crimson Wave found themselves receiving votes in the poll for the second time this season after a strong performance at the Dan Gable Open at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh last weekend.
Eric Johnson (2012-13 NAIA All-American) remains sixth in the individual polls at 197 lbs. In the polls for the first time this season is Dennie Brown who grabbed the 15th spot at 184 lbs, after winning the Dan Gable open in the same weight class.
The Crimson Wave looks to build on their success as they travel to the Campbellsville University Duals on Saturday.
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Brown Wins at Dan Gable Open
The Crimson Wave Wrestling team travelled to the University Wisconsin Oshkosh this weekend to compete in the Dan Gable Endowment Open. The men were led by Freshman Dennie Brown of Crawfordsville, IN who came away as the tournament champion at 184lbs.
Brown began the tournament with 7-1 decision over Alan Dahlke of UW Oshkosh and followed that with another win, this time 7-2 over Chance Shea of Harper College. In his next bout he faced off with Lakeland College’s Aaron Almedina and earned a finals appearance after defeating Almedina 9-6. Brown then secured the championship with a tough 5-3 decision over Nic Veling from University of Wisconsin. In that match Brown got an early lead with a takedown in the first period, but Veling rallied back to tie the match 3-3 late. The deciding points came in the final seconds when Brown countered his opponents attack to get a takedown on the edge of the mat.
“Dennie went out today and did a great a job of getting the first takedown and controlling the pace of his matches,” said Head coach Ryan Rivera. “When someone can do that they will always be in a good position to win.” Rivera was also happy with the team’s overall performance though he recognized the team still needs work. “The biggest takeaway is that I was very pleased with everyone’s effort, but we all have room to grow going forward.”
Also placing in the event for CCSJ was Freshman Scott Pitrowski (3-1) in third place at 285lbs, Sophomore Ramiro Rojas (4-2) in fourth place at 157lbs, Junior Gabe Mota (3-2) in fifth place, and Junior Eric Johnson (3-2) in fifth place at 197lbs.
Next week the team travels to Campbellsville University in KY, on Nov 23rd to compete in three dual matches.