BLAIR, Neb. -- The Missouri Valley College men's wrestling returned to the mat Saturday by taking five medals at the Dana (Neb.) Open.
The Vikings had two finalists. Junior Jon Gerhold (133 pounds) won three matches before dropping the title contest to Missouri's K.C. Pescaglia, a Hickman product, 5-0. Senior Daniel Price only had to wrestle twice in the sparse 165-pound weight class, winning the first by fall, before being pinned by Brent Pankoke of NCAA Division II power Nebraska-Omaha.
Sophomore Eric Graham (141) led Valley with five victories, two by fall -- including a second-round stoppage of Central Missouri's Grant Baker in the third-place match.
Junior Billy Exline (125) lost an overtime decision to the eventual champion, Terrance Young of Central (Iowa), in the semifinal round. He had to withdraw from the third-place contest due to injury. Sophomore Brian Graham (149) won three of five bouts to finish fifth.
The Vikings also saw former all-American Nate Engel (133), competing unattached, place sixth. Freshmen Charlie Gibbs (197) and Bobby DeLeon (275) both split four bouts.
Valley is back in action this weekend in the NAIA National Duals at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Missouri Valley (W) 87, Central Methodist 68
FAYETTE -- Senior Bonnie Johnson scored a career-high 33 points Thursday as the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team dominated Central Methodist in the paint to end a three-game Heart of America Conference slump with an 87-68 road win.
The Lady Vikings shot 55.2 percent from the field during the second half to turn a two-point lead into a runaway. After five straight games of sub-40.0 percent shooting, Valley made 47.7 percent of its attempts during the game.
Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles (4-12, 2-5 HAAC), led by sophomore Danielle Boraz' 12 points on four-of-17 shooting from the floor. However, CMU was bludgeoned on the boards, 56-30.
Johnson hit 14 of 21 field-goal attempts and had 10 rebounds and senior Nicole Allison added a career-best 26 points and 15 boards for the Lady Vikings (7-6, 4-3), who host Evangel on Saturday.
Central Methodist 66, Missouri Valley (M) 56
FAYETTE -- Central Methodist held a 10-point lead at the break through the second half Thursday for a 66-56 Heart of America Conference win over the visiting Missouri Valley College men's basketball team.
The Runnin' Eagles led by as many as 20 points in the first half before Valley knocked it down to nine before intermission. However, Methodist bumped the margin back up to 20 with 13:25 remaining in the game and coasted the rest of the way.
Senior Anthony Love led the Eagles (8-8, 4-3 HAAC) with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Boman Mullings' 25 points topped the Vikings (3-14, 3-3), who also got 12 points, six assists and six steals from junior Craig Jones.
Valley will be at home Saturday to host Evangel.