Photo description: Freshman Martim Moniz moves across the mat toward his opponent (photo from previous match)
The Concordia wrestling team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the Grand View Open hosted by Grand View University on Saturday.
The third outing for the Bulldogs was somewhat disappointing with only two top 10 placements for the day. Freshman Barret Brandt placed fifth in the freshman-sophomore 165 division and sophomore Grant Wells placed sixth in the freshman-sophomore 133 division. At the previous invite in Indianola, Iowa, the team had four third place wins, two second place wins and two first place wins with three more wrestlers finishing in the top 10.
Brandt started off his run with an unfortunate loss by fall to Pratt Community College’s Johnny Thomas. He then ran through the consolation portion of the bracket with five falls and one medical forfeiture. His final two bouts ended in no contests. Brandt recorded five pins throughout the day and had the third most pins for the whole invite.
Wells won his first match in the championship bracket by decision but was taken down in his next bout in a sudden victory by Cloud County Community College’s Daniel Vines. Wells then went on to win his next three matches with two wins by decision, a win by tech fall and a no contest.
Four Concordia wrestlers managed to make the quarterfinals of their division before being knocked down to the consolation bracket: sophomores Torrance Keehn (fresh/soph 174) and Cy Renny (fresh/soph 285), junior Tommy Wentz (open 165) and senior Stephen Duffy (open 174).
Keehn had two wins by fall before losing by injury default. Renny had a win by fall and another by decision and lost by fall. Wentz also had a win by fall and decision, but he lost his quarterfinal match by technical fall. Duffy received a bye to start off his bracket and won his next match by major decision before losing by fall.
The wrestling team next faces Hastings College in a dual in Seward on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.