Duhawks 5th at Dick Walker Invite
Mon, Dec. 12, 2011 - [Wrestling]

Dick Walker Invite RESULTS


The Loras College wrestling team put half of their lineup in the top five at Wartburg College's Dick Walker Invite on Saturday, led by a third place finish from junior Matt Holmes at 133-pounds. Four other Duhawks finished in fifth place.



Pat Pfantz won three decisions and pinned Nicholas Rivera of Dubuque for his fifth place match win at 125 pounds.



Matt Holmes won a big 17-0 tech fall to start the day over Nathan Yoshimura of Wartburg before being sent to the wrestlebacks by NJCCCA #1 wrestler Brandon Wright in a 15-4 major decision loss. Once there, Holmes knocked off Jesse Hylton of Augsburg (11-2) and Andrew Clark (9-6) to earn a third place finish.



Drew Salzman went 1-2 on the day, including a 10-6 win over Dubuque's Ben Schneider. Chris Reed also won his first match, a 13-7 decision over Terrence Kubski of Dubuque before losing two in a row.



Mike and Russ Gossen combined to go 0-4 with a pair of falls, a decision, and tech fall.



Mitch Gansen and Tom Gross each won their opening round matches at 165 pounds before being sent to the wrestlebacks. Gross would go 2-2 in the wrestlebacks, winning a major decision and an overtime match over wrestlers from Trine and Wartburg. He finished in sixth place after slim 8-7 loss in the fifth place match.



Duhawks Stephen Liske and Joe Butler met in the wrestlebacks after opening round losses and Butler prevailed, advancing all the way to the fifth place match. Butler won two decisions after beating Liske, 6-3 over Dylan Ash of Ellsworth and 14-13 over Bryant Heagney of Ellsworth. The win over Heagney put Butler fifth.



Josh Kirkland pinned three opponents on Saturday in the 184-pound weight class. Mixed in was a 14-6 loss to eventual champion Dylan Azinger of Wartburg – the eventual champion of the bracket. Kirkland pinned opponents from Trine, Ellsworth, and Augsburg on his way to the fifth place match. There, he beat Matt Manning of Dubuque, 7-0.



Ryan Ward won his first match of the day, a 7-5 decision over Brock Binversie of Waldorf before being sent to the wrestlebacks by 197-pound champion Byron Tate of Wartburg. Ward was pinned and then earned a pin there, where he finished in fifth place.



Kyle Henry went 0-2 in the heavyweight division, losing by fall and then a 5-0 decision.


Next up for the Duhawks is a trip to the New Orleans Duals hosted by Luther College in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 18. The Duhawks will wrestle against Morningside College, Delaware Valley State, and Waynesburg College at Jesuit High School. The next home meet for the Duhawks is the Iowa Conference dual against Simpson College on January 18. That will start a stretch of five home events from mid-January to mid-February.