Valley men, women sweep duals
After a hard weekend in Las Vegas, the Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team enjoyed some lighter fare Wednesday during a home dual match with Missouri Baptist's second-year program.
The Vikings didn't lose a contest on the mat during a 43-6 victory. The Valley women were also successful in their clash with the new Neosho County (Kan.) Community College squad, winning six out of seven bouts for a 23-5 decision.
The only points for the Spartans (1-4) came as a result of a default at 125 pounds. Baptist had a pair of openings and lost the remaining seven matches, including quick pins by senior Matt Cobb (1:12) at 175 pounds and junior Shane Clark (0:35) at 184. Freshman Tyson Biddle also notched a technical fall by outscoring his 133-pound foe 18-3 in 2:23.
Major decisions were recorded by freshmen Drew Dickerson (17-9) at 157 and Jory Dick (19-9) at 165. Sophomore Shane Cristelli won a 9-3 decision and, in the closest duel of the night, sophomore Pat Giangrosso got a second-round takedown for the difference in his 3-1 win over junior Lance Schlick -- a former MSHSAA Class AAAA finalist from Jackson.
The Vikings (1-3) won five of six exhibition matches, the exception being MBC freshman Jon Smith's pin of sophomore Donny Wartluft in the second round (4:59) of the 125-pound bout. Freshman Jon Woods (6:26) at 125, junior Derryan Derrough (0:18) and senior Joe Potts (2:18) at 197 all won by fall. Freshmen Ryan Lowery (14-2) at 141 and Adam Nuru (14-6) at 285 secured major decisions.
The lone victory for the Lady Panthers came at 75 Kilograms, where high school all-American Randi Miller -- who placed sixth at the Sunkist Open earlier in the season -- ruined the debut of MVC freshman Brandy Golt, 9-3.
Junior Leigh Jaynes (1:10) and freshman Kierstan Hyatt (2:23) both won their 62 Kg matches by fall. Top-ranked 46 Kg junior Clarrisa Chun stopped another former prep all-American, Kera Pemberton, with a 10-0 technical fall in 5:30. It took just 53 seconds for sophomore Audrey Carrasco to rack up an 11-0 tech fall at 46.
Sophomore Marianne Vollmer took an 11-2 decision at 51 Kg and freshman Lisa Ward was an 18-9 winner at 56.
The Lady Vikings are off until Jan. 11, when they will take part in the Pacific Duals at Redmond, Ore. The Valley men will meet NCAA Division I foes Purdue and Missouri on Saturday in Columbia.