Wrestling struggles at Kearney meet

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The Doane Tiger wrestlers competed at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Younes Hospitality Open on Nov. 23.

Sophomore Garret Cornwell had the strongest showing of the meet by record, picking up three wins and two losses in the 174-pound division according to FloWrestling. Cornwell won his opening match in the round against Jason Bynarowicz from Colorado Mesa, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school. He won with a 10-6 decision.

The victory moved him into the round of 16 where he picked up his first loss to Gavin Eason, another NCAA DII opponent. Eason won by tech fall 17-2. A tech fall is wrestling’s version of a mercy rule.

In the consolation bracket, Cornwell picked up two more wins, defeating Schreiner’s Noah Guerra by pin. He then moved on to defeat Austin Hacker of Colby Community College by decision 12-7. Cornwell would be eliminated from the consolation bracket in his next matchup against Northwest Kansas Tech’s Jacobi Deal after losing on a major decision 12-4.

Freshman Austin Filliez and Caleb Shields each picked up one win and two losses at the tournament, according to Doane Athletics.

Filliez lost his opening round matchup in the 157-pound division by a major decision 14-3. He would then pick up his lone win in the consolation bracket after defeating Texas Wesleyan’s Jason Chambers with a pin. Filliez’s meet would end after picking up a loss in the consolation match by a 7-0 decision.

Shields was defeated in his opening matchup in the 157-pound division to Northeastern Junior College’s Sebastian Robles by a pin in 48 seconds. He would pick up a win and advance to another match due to a forfeit by his scheduled opponent. Shields was then defeated by Bethany’s Isaiah Frederick 12-2.

Freshman Garret Anderson, freshman Simon Enkhbold, freshman Seth Solano and senior Jose Salgado each lost their first match and then their subsequent consolation match to be eliminated from the meet.

The Tigers wrestling team will compete this Saturday when they host the Doane Conner/Oppenheim Open at 9 a.m.