Fort Hays State University grabbed the team title at the Jet Invitational on Sunday, despite not having a single individual champion. The meet, hosted by Newman University, saw nine Tigers reach the finals (all taking second place), while one FHSU wrestler was third.
The Tigers finished with 107.5 points, more than 25 ahead of second-place Ouachita Baptist.
Adam Ludwin (125 pounds) pinned Ouachita Baptist’s Garrett Evans (currently ranked fifth nationally) in 2:43 to start the day, setting up a finals matchup with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s Josh Walker. Walker, a junior college All-American last season, defeated Ludwin, 3-0.
Symon Seaton (133 pounds) was the lone Tiger to take third place, but started the day with a 16-1 technical fall against Kaleb Furr (Labette CC) in the winner’s bracket. After falling to eventual champion Casey Rowell of Central Oklahoma (fall, 5:30), Seaton started his run through the wrestle back rounds with a pin in 1:48 against Kaden Kretzer (Neosho CC). In the consolation finals, Seaton topped Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s Tim O’Connor, 11-9.
After a first round bye, C.J. Napier (141 pounds) won by decision over Tyler Tustin over Central Oklahoma, 7-4, and reached the finals with a 6-3 decision over Wayland Baptist’s Chris Hart. Napier, however, couldn’t close out the championship, dropping a 7-3 decision to Josh Myers of Ouachita Baptist.
In the 149-pound bracket, FHSU’s Noah Killip reached the finals with two decisions – the first a 4-0 topping of Neosho CC’s Jared Suppes, and the second a 2-1 victory against Colby Crank (Bethany College). Crank is ranked first at 149 pounds in NAIA. Jordan Basks, ranked first nationally at 141 pounds, defeated Killip, 5-1, in the championship match.
Mitchell Means (157 pounds) grabbed an 8-4 decision over Jonathan Blackwell (Bethany), and a 3-1 win over Colton Duhr (Newman) to reach the championship. Means, however, would drop a 9-2 decision to Mark Hobson of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
At 165 pounds, Bradley Little was another Tiger to reach the finals, using 8-3 and 5-4 decisions over Warren Brock (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) and Jordon Ward (Bethany). Those decisions set up a championship match with Central Oklahoma’s Chris Watson, ranked second nationally. Little was close throughout, but eventually fell, 10-7.
In the 174-pound weight class, FHSU’s Josh Ridriguez took a first-round bye before winning by pin against Elyjah Crumpler (Ouachita Baptist), in 3:42. In the semifinals, Rodriguez defeated Neosho CC’s JJ Filipek, 6-3. In the finals, Reece, Wright-Conklin defeated Rodriguez, 5-2.
Jon Inman (184 pounds) defeated Central Oklahoma’s Kyle Buckley, 11-8, in the quarterfinals, and Mich Napier (Wayland Baptist), 11-2, in the semifinals. In the finals, Inman dropped an 8-0 major decision against the No. 1 ranked 184-pounder, Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist.
Tanner Kriss (197 pounds) started his tournament with a 16-0 technical fall over Lee O’Dell of Ouachita Baptist, and reached the finals by pinning Wayland Baptist’s Cody Lindberg in under a minute (0:52). Kriss, however, would fall victim of a pin in the finals, to Taylor Baird (Bethany College).
At 285 pounds, Trey Page picked up a 5-1 quarterfinal decision against Jacoby Brown (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), and a 3-2 topping of Lorenzo Serna (Newman). Page defeated Serna, currently ranked fifth nationally, last weekend in overtime (2-1). Page found himself in another rematch from last weekend in the finals, scheduled to take on Cody Dauphin of Central Oklahoma. Page defeated Dauphin, 3-1, last weekend in Hays. Dauphin, ranked third nationally, got revenge in a 3-1 decision over Page – won on a takedown in the final three seconds of the match.
The Tigers are breaking from competition until after the New Year’s, when FHSU will head for Des Moines, Iowa, for the NWCA National Duals, scheduled Jan. 11-12.
A breakdown of team scores is below…
1. Fort Hays State (107.5)
2. Ouachita Baptist (83.5)
3. Central Oklahoma (82.5)
4. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (57)
5. Bethany College (44)
6. Newman University (31)
7. Wayland Baptist (21)
8. Neosho Community College (15)
9. Labette Community College (1)
— FHSU Sports Information —