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Wrestling-Spartan Mat Classic

January 15 @ TBD

Final

The MCC Jayhawk Wrestling Team travelled to North Manchester, IN to compete in the Spartan Mat Classic at Manchester University.

Josh Kenny of Grandville led the Jayhawks to an 8th place team finish, with his runner-up showing at the large tournament featuring many nationally ranked NCAA Division III teams.  Josh won 4 straight matches enroute to the championship match before falling to Jared Stricker of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  Three other Jayhawks found their way to the podium.  At 157 pounds, Kael Bunce (Stockbridge) dropped his opening bout after a 1st round bye.  Dropping any match before the semi-finals meant a 5th place finish was the best you could do and that he did, finishing 4-1 on the day and in the end, finishing 2 spots ahead of his opening bout opponent.  At 184 pounds, Bronsen Jewell (Grand Haven) battled through a tough bracket to finish 7th and avenged an earlier season loss.  At 197 pounds Kayleb Venema (Whitehall) also avenged an earlier season loss in the first round of the tournament and followed that with a pin and tech fall enroute to the semifinals and eventually finished 4th.  Other Jayhawks winning matches on the day were 125 pounder Alex Cantu (Orchard View), 125 pounder Jacob Blawat (Reeths-PUffer), 165 pounder Paulo Dragin (Gahanna Lincoln), 197 pounder Gerrit Andrus (Reeths-Puffer) and 285 pounder Alex Trim (Mason County Central).  “I’m proud of the way these guys responded from a long layoff with a few guys battling some injuries.  We performed well, but still have plenty of growth as we make the run to the post-season” said Coach Mark Brunger.

The 9th ranked Jayhawks next travel to Harper College in Palatine, IL for the Harper Open on January 22nd.

Details

Date:
January 15
Time:
TBD

Venue

Manchester University
604 E. College Ave.
N. Manchester, IN 46962 United States
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