The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Wrestling program took to the road on Saturday as they competed in the Lindenwood University Joe Parisi Open. Numerous Patriots competed in the event while certain members of the team contributed solid showings.
In the 125 lb weight class, Grant Burkhalter (Citrus Heights, CA) went 2-2 in the open including a 5-0 decision victory as well as a pin for his 2nd victory. In the 133 lb weight class, Stephen Hill (Carlisle, OH) went 1-2 in the tournament with one tech fall victory by a score of 20-4. At 141 lbs, Calob Perkins (Miamisburg, OH) went 2-2 on the day earning a pinfall victory in his 2nd match and a 4-3 decision victory in his 3rd match.
UC's best showing was in the 149 lb weight class as Anthonie Linares earned a top 8 finish going 4-2 on the day with one tech fall victory, two major decisions, and a decision victory. At 157 lbs, Javier Arellano (Azusa, CA) and Jacob Stephens (Brunswick, OH) both went 1-2 on the day. Arellano earned a pinfall victory while Stephens earned a decision win. In the 165 lb weight category, Zachary Barkett (Woodbridge, VA) went 1-2 in the tournament earning a tech fall victory in his opening match by a score of 17-2.
In the 184 lb weight class, Brocky Leidecker (Orient, OH) went 1-2 in the open with a 10-5 decision victory in his 2nd match. At 197 lbs, Courtney Freeman (Riverdale, GA) went 2-2 on the day earning a pinfall victory in his 1st match and a 3-2 decision win in his 2nd match. Finally in the 285 lb class, De'Von Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) went 1-2 on the day with an early pinfall victory in his first match.
Head Coach Matt Lowers commented, "Anthonie Linares wrestled really well and led the way for us. He lost to a Division I National champion and to last year's Division II runner-up en route to his top 8 finish. Right now for us to continue moving forward as a team we need more people to step up and wrestle like Linares did this weekend. He had success because he didn't care who was across the mat from him, the only thing he worried about was scoring points. That is what you need to do on a consistent basis in order to have success. Especially in a tournament that features as many top 10 Division I programs as this tournament had."
The Patriots will be at home on Tuesday November 20th as they host Lindsey Wilson College for a dual. Matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.
For more information on the Patriot men's wrestling program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.