The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Wrestling team were back in action as they had a very busy weekend of competition. On Friday, January 17th, the Patriots first traveled to Marshall, MO to participate in the Missouri Valley Invite and they would end their weekend in Lebanon, TN as they traveled south to participate in the Cumberland Open.
Several Patriots would see the mat at the Missouri Valley Invite, and there would be several with place finishes. Overall, the team finished 6th out of 18 teams with a total team score of 116.00. Grant Burkhalter (Citrus Heights, CA) would start the team off at 125 lbs., and wrestled a 1-2 record. Javier Carbajal (Homestead, FL) would continue his success this week, as he went an undefeated 3-0 on the day, winning the championship at 125 pounds. He defeated 2 nationally ranked wrestlers on his way to his 4th tournament win of the season. He received a bye for the first two rounds, and then would defeat three straight opponents for the 1st place finish. He first defeated Andrew Gorman from William Penn University by a 9-0 major decision. Then, he would wrestle Dennis Welch from Missouri Valley College. Carbajal defeated him by an 8-3 decision. Javier's last match for the 125 lbs. title would be against Kristoph McKinley of Indiana Tech, and won by a 4-3 decision.
Andrew Tillman (Abbeville, SC) competed for the Patriots at 133 lbs., and would go 2-3 on the day earning a 6th place finish. The next competitor for the Patriots would be Isaac King (Waycross, GA) as he wrestled at 157 lbs., and would wrestle for a 3-2 record. Steven Traylor (Kileen, TX) wrestled for a 1-2 record at 165 lbs. Brocky Leidecker (Orient, OH) competed at 174 lbs. and went 1-2 on the day. Brandon Rogers (Springfield, OH) had an impressive showing at 184 lbs. as he wrestled an overall record of 3-2 on the day finishing in 4th place. He would defeat opponents from Hannibal Lagrange, Briar Cliff University, and Baker University all by decision, and a fall.
The Patriots would have two wrestlers competing at 197 lbs., and both had a great showing. Fred Byars (College Park, GA) wrestled a 3-2 record and finished in 5th place. He would defeat opponents from Baker University, Williams Penn University, and Maryville University, all by decision or major decision. Sam Johnson (River Falls, WI) would be the other competitor at 197 lbs. Johnson's final record for the day would be 5-1 as he finished in 3rd place. He defeated opponents from Hannibal Lagrange, Grandview University, Maryville University, and University of Central Missouri all by decision or fall. Courtney Freeman (Riverdale, GA) would be the lone man competing at 285 lbs., and would continue his competitive edge as he finished 2nd and wrestled a 3-1 record, defeating wrestlers from Baker University, University of Central Missouri, and Missouri Valley College all by fall or decision.
The Patriots second tournament of the weekend would be at Cumberland University to participate in the Cumberland Open. This open would bring several new faces from the Patriots. Alan Frisco (Maryville, TN) would round out the competition at 125 lbs. and would win only 1 of his 3 matches. He would also defeat Hayden Barcelona of UM by fall after 4:18. Terry Stockton (Lawrenceburg, KY) would wrestle a record of 2-2. He defeated Darton State College's Chase Johnson by fall after 4:24. He would also win his next match as he defeated Ethyn Holbrook of Cumberland University by a 6-4 decision. Sean Bateman (Corona, CA) won one match at 174 lbs. as he defeated Nnamdi Oh of Mercer University by a 20-9 major decision. One last Patriot would compete at the open. Eddie Bernal (Covina, CA) at 184 lbs. would win 1 of his 3 matches. He received a bye in his second match and would win his next by fall over Richard Cote of Campbellsville University after 6:58.
"I'm very happy with how a few of our guys wrestled," said Head Coach Matt Lowers. "We need to work on sealing up tournaments in situations where we start on top, but need to fix a few things and move forward with #8 Cumberland University coming to town this week."
The Patriots will be back in action on Thursday, January 23rd as they host Cumberland University for a dual. Matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Men's wrestling program as well as all other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.