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MVC men seventh, women fifth at NWCA duals

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Valley senior Brandon Perkins (left) won three of his five matches during the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team won three of five matches for seventh place and the women's squad took two of three tilts to finish fifth over the weekend at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Springfield, Ill.

The ninth-ranked Valley men began the meet with a 30-9 victory over Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) as fourth-ranked senior Shay Shive (149 pounds) and No. 7 sophomore Josh Manu (184) recorded pins.

Senior Brandon Perkins (157) claimed a 12-10 overtime decisions, with the Vikings also getting wins from seventh-ranked senior Paulie Hansen (125), senior Damon Jackson (165) and freshman Dan Mueller (285).

Valley nearly pulled off an upset on No. 4 Oklahoma City in the quarterfinals, but fourth-ranked heavyweight pulled out a 20-17 win for the Stars with a 6-1 overtime decision over sophomore Carl Lawrence.

Sophomore Brian Bitney (133) and Shive won a major decisions for the Vikings before OCU rallied with three straight wins. However a pin by Manu and Alter's 9-5 decision over ninth-ranked Mitchell Eichenauer tied the match.

On the back side of the bracket, Valley downed No. 14 Cumberlands (Ky.), 27-6, as Shive won by technical fall and Manu recorded a major decision. Bitney, Perkins, Jackson, junior Jamaal Bufford (174), Alter and Mueller also won.

In the consolation semifinal round, eighth-ranked Campbellsville got by the Vikings, 29-17. Major decisions by Shive and Jackson and a 7-0 win by Hansen, along with a default, accounted for MVC's points.

A criteria point was the difference in Valley's 28-27 win over No. 7 Midland (Neb.) in the seventh-place match, each team winning five bouts. Shive, Perkins, Jackson and Alter each got pins for the Vikings, with Bitney winning by decision.

Valley (4-2) will host Truman State in a dual match Saturday.

The Lady Vikings, ranked sixth by the WCWA, were beaten by No. 3 Simon Fraser (B.C.), 37-5, in the first round of the eight-team women's tourney. Third-ranked sophomore Britney Heatherly (109) got a 1-0, 2-0 victory, while losses by sophomore Frances Elfiong (143) and No. 6 junior Jordan Hagerman (155) each produced a team point.

Valley knocked off eighth-rated Jamestown (N.D.) in the consolation semis, 30-16, with senior Danielle Curlis (136) -- ranked sixth at 143 pounds -- Elfiong and Hagerman each getting wins and the rest of the team's scoring the result of defaults.

The Lady Vikings closed out the meet with a 26-16 win over No. 7 Cumberlands in the fifth-place match.

Hagerman and fifth-ranked sophomore Paloma Basulto (191) pinned their foes, with senior Summer Sistad (123) -- No. 5 at 130 -- junior Mayleen Soto (130) and Curlis also notching wins.

The Lady Vikings will face third-ranked Lindenwood today in their final home appearance of the season.

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