Stewart second; Williams, Gonzalez fourth for CU wrestlers
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Stewart second; Williams, Gonzalez fourth for CU wrestlers
Michael Gonzalez won three times and placed fourth at 165 on Saturday at the Missouri Valley College Open . (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Scott Stewart placed second and Michael Gonzalez and Jake Williams both finished fourth, leading Cumberland’s wrestlers at the Missouri Valley College Open on Saturday in Marshall, Mo.

Stewart improved to 12-1 in the heavyweight division with five wins on Saturday. The Kenova, W.Va., native posted a 9-4 Decision over St. Catharine College’s Matthew Daugherty in the opening round, pinned Walker Lambert from the University of the Cumberlands in 33 seconds and recorded a 3-1 Decision against Missouri Valley’s Josh Smith.

In the semifinals the senior lost a 3-1 Decision to Missouri Valley’s Gabi Musallam, but Stewart rebounded with an 11-4 Decision versus Oklahoma’s Rex Shotts and then a 3-2 Decision over Missouri Valley’s Daniel Mueller in the third-place match.

Gonzalez won his first two bouts at 165, a 13-6 Decision over Missouri Valley’s Jared Sterling and a 14-6 Decision versus St. Catharine’s Mitch Rusch, before losing a 5-0 Decision to Oklahoma State’s Ryan Blees. The Hesperia, Calif., native pinned Missouri Valley’s Cole Kemna at 2:57 but dropped a 3-0 Decision to York College’s Carlos Arana in the third-place match.

Williams opened with two victories at 149, including a 20-5 Technical Fall against St. Catharine’s Cody Coomes and a pin at 6:39 over Benedictine College’s Sam Denning, but he lost a 14-8 Decision to Oklahoma’s Noah Teaney in the semifinals.

The Rio Rancho, N.M., native posted a 20-12 Major Decision versus Missouri Valley’s Chase Krutzky before losing a 3-2 Decision to Oklahoma State’s Jonce Blaylock in the third-place match.

Ladigo Williams also did well at 149, pinning Missouri Valley’s Sterling Karr at 3:29 before dropping a 6-2 Decision to former Campbellsville wrestler Tyler Alsip. The redshirt freshman won three times in the wrestleback, pinning Lindenwood University’s Tony Arellano at 5:38, posting a 7-2 Decision against St. Catharine’s Daniel Reed and registering an 18-3 Tech Fall versus Benedictine’s Sam Denning, before Alsip pinned Williams at 4:25 one bout shy of the third-place match.

Dustin Harris started with two wins at 174, pinning Wentworth Military Academy’s Nolan Puletasi at 2:21 and posting a 10-2 Major Decision against Central Missouri’s Clayton Jeske beforer dropping a 2-1 Decision to Daniel Toth from the University of the Cumberlands in the semifinals. The Oakdale, Calif., native lost a 7-3 Decision in the wrestleback to Williams Baptist’s Conner Linehan and finished sixth overall.

Ethyn Holbrook lost a 9-0 Major Decision in his first outing to James Mosher at 141 but won twice in the wrestlebacsk, taking a 9-0 Major Decision over Missouri Valley’s Daniel Trujillo and an 8-3 Decision versus Missouri Valley’s Dalton Adams before dropping a 4-1 Decision to Williams Baptist’s Tim Bailey.

Cumberland travels to Campbellsville University for a dual match on Tuesday before hosting the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the final home outing of the season for the Bulldogs.