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LWC Wrestling's Adams, Flint place at the MSU open

Chico Adams finished fourth while James Flint took sixth place

By Charles Balcom

EAST LANSING, MI - A pair of Lindsey Wilson College wrestlers placed at the NCAA Division I Michigan State University Open on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Chico Adams took fourth in the 285-pound weight class while James Flint finished sixth at 125 pounds in the freshman/sophomore division.



The mixed field consisted of 483 individual competitors from 30 different institutions spanning all levels of collegiate competition.

Adams, making his wrestling debut for the Blue Raiders, began the day with a 7-0 win over Camrin Adkins of Lake Erie (Ohio) in the heavyweight class. He then defeated Devin Nye of Kent State (Ohio) by a 7-4 mark, followed by a 3-1 win over Gavan Jolley-Little of Indiana to move into the semifinals.

Adams would fall, 5-1, to Logan Rimmer of Notre Dame (Ohio) in the semifinal round and suffer a 3-1 loss to Zackery Parker of Ohio to finish in fourth place in his weight class.

Flint, making his collegiate wrestling debut, finished in sixth place at 125 pounds.

He began the day against former three-time Michigan high school state champion Mitch Rogaliner of Michigan State. Flint and Rogaliner went down to the wire as neither side was able to gain a late advantage and the match went into overtime tied 4-4. The overtime sudden-victory period went by with the tie score still holding.

In the first tiebreaker period, Rogaliner was finally able to secure a point for the slim 5-4 victory. Rogaliner would go on to finish in second place at the invitational, falling in the finals in the second period of an overtime tiebreaker.

In his next match, Flint took down Ivan McClay of Notre Dame, 10-5, before beating Drew Dickson of Kent State 9-4. He then defeated Alijah Jeffery of Northern Illinois and Jake Bellis of Harper (Ill.) by 3-2 margins. Flint suffered his second loss on the day to Ben Thornton of Purdue (Ind.), 5-2, to finish in sixth place at the tournament.

Jake Maupin turned in a solid performance in the 197-pound freshman/sophomore division.

He pinned Gerald Beck of Findlay (Ohio) in his opening match before falling to Georgio Blades, wrestling unattached, by a 10-4 mark. Maupin then recorded another pin, this time against Jacob Aven of Purdue. He fell 5-3 to Steban Cervantes of Navy (Md.) in his final match.

A trio of Blue Raiders competed in the open division at the tournament.

Joe Cozart opened his 157-pound bracket with a convincing, 16-7 major decision win over Justin Melick of Eastern Michigan. Cozart then fell 5-2 to Randall Languis of Ohio State before bouncing back with an 11-6 victory over George Scheffel of West Virginia. He then took down Jordan Cowell of Findlay in a close, 3-2 decision. In his final match, Cozart fell 8-5 to Jake Salazar of Michigan, finishing one match shy of placing in the top eight at the tournament.

Isaac Thomas began his day with a 7-3 win over William Jenkins of West Virginia in the 149-pound open division. He then fell to Tyler Ponte of Columbia (NY) by a 9-2 score. Thomas stayed alive with an 11-9 win over Mickey Bennett of West Virginia. He then battled back-and-forth with Justin Stitzlein of Ohio, the match becoming tied at 12-12, before ultimately falling in overtime.

Erick Gomez fell in his first match at the 184-pound class in a major decision to Zack Hernandez of Columbia. He then lost a tightly-contested match by a 9-8 score to Mike Vollent to Kent State.

Daniel Leonard and Dakota Sherrick also competed in the freshman/sophomore division.

Leonard began his day at 141 pounds with a 3-1 win over Austin Hughes of Michigan before suffering a pair of 5-3 losses to Ben Griffin of Eastern Michigan and Robert Humphrey of Indiana Tech.

Sherrick fell in his opening match at 184 pounds by a major decision to Antonio Reynolds before pinning Chance Shae of Harper to stay alive. He would fall in his next match via a 7-4 decision to Doug Hicks of Lake Erie.

Kadin Scoggins (125), Brady Moser (133), Logan Hatfield (141), Avery Martin (149), Evan Loe (149), Isaiah Frank (149), Alan Drake (157), Rhodes Bell (174), Braden Jones (184), Elliott Porter (197), Ameer Daniels (285) all suffered losses in their first two matches at the tournament. from Lindsey Wilson College


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