Phoenix placed 5th in the Central Baptist Invitational
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Phoenix placed 5th in the Central Baptist Invitational
River Henry made it to the semi-finals at the Central Baptist Invitational

Conway, Ark.- The Phoenix traveled to Conway Arkansas to compete in the Central Baptist Invitational where they placed 5th out of eight by recording 24 team points.

In the 125-weight class Pacey Najdusak was able to go 3-2 on the day by defeating Sean Sesnan twice but falling to Brandon Orum in the second round. Toribio Mendez was able to go onto the second round with having a bye in the first round but then went on a 0-2 run falling to Chase Ayers.

In the 133 Antonio Jefferson was unable to start a spark for the Phoenix as he went 0-2 on the day. Blaine Fussell also came up short for the Phoenix as he went 0-2 on the day. Anitie Akpan went 0-2 in the 157-weight class after losing to Josh Tyler by a 11-1 major decision in the first round.

Matthew Sells was unable to continue for the Phoenix in the 174, as he occurred an injury during his match against Micheal Gibson. Justin Oldknow was able to go 1-2 for the Phoenix after winning by fall 1:52 in his first match but fell to a 14-4 major decision in round two.

River Henry was able to go to the semifinals due to receiving byes but came up short by falling to Deandre Rucker by fall 1:01 in the match. Grant Clarkson was able to go 3-1 in the 185-weight class for the Phoenix as he was able to win back-to-back matches by fall and won the final due to medical injury.

The Phoenix will be competing against St. Thomas University on Saturday January 16, in Miami Gardens Florida.