Two Vikings medal at Lindenwood Open
ST. CHARLES -- The Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team led all non-NCAA Division I programs by capturing two medals Saturday in the Lindenwood Joe Parisi Open at St. Charles.
Junior all-American Jesse Alter of Kirksville, ranked eighth in the NAIA at 197 pounds, reached the finals before settling for second place with a 6-1 loss to Oklahoma junior Keldrick Hall. Alter won his first four matches, two by fall.
Sophomore Josh Manu (184 pounds) split his first two matches, but then reeled off four wins in a row on the back side -- with a major decision and three pins -- to take third place by stopping Missouri freshman Johnny Eblen in 1:24 of the first period.
Freshman Jake Ekster (141), senior all-American Shay Shive -- ranked third at 149 -- and No. 4 sophomore Carl Lawrence (285) reached the semifinal round before suffering their first losses, all going 3-2 during the meet.
Freshman Dan Mueller (285) tied for the second-highest win total for the day by going 4-2. Senior all-American Paulie Hansen, the NAIA's third-rated 125-pounder, and No. 12 senior Damon Jackson (165) also finished with 3-2 marks.
Picking up two wins each were sophomore Wesley Dallas and freshman Ryan Stearns at 133 pounds, fifth-ranked sophomore Gian Traverso and freshman Nico Martinez at 157, freshman Brett Bader at 174 and freshman Gabi Musallam at 285.
The Vikings sent 29 grapplers to the meet, which was renamed this year in honor of recently retired Lindenwood coach Joe Parisi -- a former Valley assistant who led the Lions to five national championships.
Iowa dominated the medal count, claiming 20 overall -- including eight of the 10 golds and six silvers. Missouri was second with nine entries finishing in the top four.
Valley will return to action next week, competing in the Great Falls (Mont.) Duals on Dec. 2 and the Battle of the Rockies Open the following day at the same venue.