AMARILLO, TX. – The Oklahoma Wesleyan men’s wrestling team had a stellar showing at the Wayland Baptist Open in Amarillo, Texas, over the week. Six different Eagle wrestlers placed at the tournament.
Jakob Houston drew Omar Garcia from Bacone Colleg in his first match and lost on an 8-7 decision. After receiving a bye in his next match on the consolation side, Houston defeated Kyle James of Hastings College 13-8. Houston followed that up with two consecutive victories over Paul Barbaro of Texas Tech and Omar Garcia, before a loss to Damon Hail of Cowley College to earn a fourth-place finish.
Angel Hernandez received a bye in his opening match which paired him with Ernest Caldwell of Cowley College in the second round. Hernandez defeated Caldwell by an 8-2 decision, but would then go on to lose to Braden O’Donnell of Cowley College by an 8-5 decision. On the consolation side, Hernandez defeated Jake Abeyta of Hastings and then won by fall over Shann Jasso to capture third place overall.
Adrian Bess earned a third-place finish for the Eagles in the 165 weight class. Bess lost to Micah Miller of Ottawa in his first match, but then ran to table on the consolation side to finish the day at 4-1.
Zane Davis picked up an opening-round win over Bryzon Hurd of Bacone College to start the day. Davis then defeated John Paul Robledo of Richland College on a fall in 2:21. Davis would go on to lose Richard Almodovar in the championship match 7-2 to finish in second place.
Tiryek West matched up against Jovanni Virgen of Bacone College in the first round and lost by fall in 2:16. West received a bye in his next match on the consolation side before then defeating Jacob Lambert of Bacone by a 9-6 decision. West followed that up with a win over Garrett Gibson of Central Christian College to earn the third-place finish.
Kyler Childers, who is ranked #15 in the NAIA, had an excellent day at the Wayland Baptist Open. Childers opened with a bye before defeating Ladarius Bennett of Richland College. Childers would then move on to defeat Tim McCutcheon of Wayland Baptist by an 8-5 decision to send him to the semifinals. Childers faced Richard Schooler of Ottawa, who is ranked #12 in the NAIA, and pinned him in 36 seconds. He would go on to lose the championship match to Jeremiah Gerl of Hastings to come away with second place.