Powers Leads Bulldogs at Lindenwood Open
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Oct. 27, 2007

St. Charles, MO -- Cumberland University wrestlers started the season at the Lindenwood University open tournament. The tournament included three top-10 ranked NAIA teams in Lindenwood (2nd), McKendree (8th) and Oklahoma City (10th). It also included regional foe Missouri Baptist, which is ranked fifth in the region. The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in the region and 15th, nationally.

Junior Jordan Powers at 184 led the way for the Bulldogs with a second-place finish. Sophomore All-American Corey Bleaken at 157 also placed second; freshman Joshua Chappa at 125 placed fifth and junior Eddie Sanchez placed sixth.

Powers went into the tournament unseeded and had a major decision over Brad Aten from Meramec College 9-0, knocked off the No. 1 seeded NAIA All-American Tanner Wolk from McKendree by fall in 2:41, then edged out a decision over No. 4 seeded NAIA All-American Mitchell Eichenauer from Oklahoma City, 4-3.

Bleaken was 4-1 on the day, wrestling all five matches against Lindenwood University opponents. In the finals, Bleaken lost to former NAIA champion Mark Dickman, who was wrestling in the tournament unattached as he was out of eligibility last year.

Chappa recorded a 4-2 with a team-leading two pins, taking fifth place by medical forfeit over Dennis Kakrah from Lindenwood, who is a preseason All-American ranked second. Chappa pinned Mike Aitch from Missouri Baptist, who is currently ranked fourth in the region. Chappa is ranked sixth in the region.

Sanchez was the other placer, taking sixth place with a 3-3 record. Sanchez had wins over Jared Warren from Meramec College, Dustin Bruce of Rend Lake College and Ryan Joyce of Lindenwood.

Red-shirt freshman David Wiese at 165 and freshman Pat Banks at 157 also had a successful weekend. They went 4-2 and 3-2, respectively. Wiese is projected to go down to 157 weight class and Banks to 149 this month. Junior Desean Willis at 125, red-shirt freshman James Casadaban at 149, Kurt Hamilton at 174 and Kyle Studer at 197 had two wins. Freshman Mikey Davis at 133, unattached freshman Adam Myers at 149, unattached freshman Coleman Mason at 157, unattached freshman Eric Metzler at 174, unattached junior Trey Myers at 184, freshman Will Stall at 197 and freshman B.J. Stewart at 285 each picked up a win. The Bulldogs will split teams next week, sending a team to Eastern Michigan and another to Cumberlands, KY on Saturday, Nov. 3.