ADA, Ohio – Jameel Bryant and Wismit Moinius took home first place in their weight classes as the Lindsey Wilson College wrestling team finished second at the Ohio Northern University Invitational on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders finished with 145.0 team points, just 10.5 points behind first-place finisher Olivet (Mich.) College. Heidelberg (Ohio) University took third with 126.0 points followed by Alma (Mich.) College with 112.5 and West Liberty (W. Va.) University with 103.5.
Other schools participating included NCAA DIII members Ohio Northern University, Lycoming (Pa.) College, College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), Thiel (Pa.) College, Trine (Ind.) University, Waynesburg (Pa.) University and NCAA DII member Tiffin (Ohio) University. Lindsey Wilson was the lone NAIA member competing.
Ten total Blue Raiders placed at the invitational.
Bryant dominated early in the 184 weight class as he opened his day with a 15-6 major decision over Joseph Stasiak of Trine, followed by a 19-3 technical fall victory over Kody Bellamy of Ohio Northern. Bryant went on to defeat Cory Livingston of Alma and Richard Dowdley of Heidelberg with major decisions before defeating Jeff Holm of Olivet to take home first place.
Moinius also started hot as he defeated Austin Kelley of Olivet with a 17-3 major decision followed by pinning Brian Carter of Mount St. Joseph in his first two matches of the 141 weight class. He continued his dominance as he took major decisions over Cole Nace of West Liberty and Jeremy Ward of Olivet in his next two matches. Moinius faced Justin Holm of Olivet in the finals where he took home a first-place finish with a 4-1 victory.
Isaac Thomas also had a good day on the mat as he began his day by pinning Jarrett Sadler of Alma at the 149 class. Thomas went on to defeat Lake Bennett of Olivet 10-5, Chris Milligan of Waynesburg 5-2 and upset top seed of the weight class Art Hobley of West Liberty 3-2. Thomas would fall in the finals as he was pinned by Olivet's Gage Pederson, finishing tournament with a second place finish.
Stephen Myers also wrestled in the 149 class. Myers saw great success early with a 17-2 technical fall win over Chris Little of Waynesburg, pinned Kyle Brezovec of Ohio Northern and defeated Ross Pennock of Olivet with a 22-7 technical fall. His lone loss of the day came against top finisher Gage Pederson as he fell in a 6-3 decision. Myers defeated Chris Nuss of Thiel 11-5 before taking home third place after a forfeit by Art Hobley.
Keaton Thomas also took home a third place finish on the day. He opened the 133 weight class with a 6-3 win over Ali Ayache of Alma followed by an 8-4 victory over Cole Cochran of Ohio Northern. Thomas suffered a 13-6 loss to Justin Kihn of Heidelberg. He went on to defeat Zachary Case of Alma 8-2 and took a 12-3 major decision over Daniel Martinez of Alma for the third place finish.
Mitchell Judkins began his day at the 165 class by pinning Tyler Evans of Lycoming and Daniel Fleet of Olivet. He then suffered a 4-3 loss to Mike Emery of West Liberty. Judkins faced off against fellow Blue Raider Cadyn McKeeth in the next round taking a 6-1 decision before defeating Sam Guidi of Waynesburg 5-1 to finish in third place.
McKeeth would win his first two matches of the day before falling to Guidi 8-6. McKeeth defeated Evans in a 16-0 technical fall effort followed by a 6-1 win over Rocky Cantu of Olivet before falling to teammate Judkins in his next match. He pinned Jeremy Stepp of Heidelberg in his next match to take home fifth place.
Thomas Buckman took home a sixth place finish at the invitational. Along the way he had a 16-0 technical fall win over Dalton Smallwood of Olivet and pinned Nathan Islamovsky of Mount St. Joseph before taking a medical forfeit to place sixth.
Erick Gomez recorded two pins and two major decision victories en route to a seventh place finish at the 174 weight class. He suffered two close losses on the day, a 2-1 loss to Eric Antesberger of West Liberty and 3-2 loss to Jamie Jakes of Alma.
Ameer Daniels placed seventh at the 285 class. Daniels won his first two matches before falling to Cody Lovejoy of Ohio Northern 5-2. He recorded a win and a loss in his next two matches before defeating Alex Farrow of Heidelberg 7-5 to place seventh.
Lindsey Wilson returns to the mat on Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. CT at the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.