STILLWATER, OK — Two wins over fellow Division I opponents in one of the national wrestling hotbeds.
Pretty good way for Arkansas-Little Rock redshirt freshman Gabe Beyer (Leon ’16) to spend a Sunday.
While the Trojans took losses against Oregon State (33-9) and Chattanooga (23-16), Beyer won twice, falling Oregon State’s Brian Barnes in 1:40 and coming back for a 4-1 win over Chattanooga’s Grayson Walthall, 4-1.
Newberry 37, Mt Olive 11: At Mt Olive NC on Sunday, 12th-ranked Newberry opened the 2021 season under coach Cy Wainwright (Clay ’09) with a win over the hosts.
The Wolves had two local starters reach different outcomes. At 184, Newberry freshman Armando Acosta (Buchholz ’20) would take a 33-second pin over UMO’s Bryan Aragao, while at 197, the Wolves’ Brandon Dickman (Creekside ’17) fell via third-period technical fall.
Two wrestlers with local ties also got in exhibition matches on Sunday. Mt Olive freshman Slade Watkins (Wakulla ’20; no headshot available from team website) took a 3-2 loss to former Countryside wrestler and Newberry frosh Des Marshall, while former Yulee/Clay competitor and Wolves freshman Stevie Chopek took a 10-8 win at 149 over UMO’s Dylan Wilman.
Graceland sweep: At Oskaloosa IA on Tuesday, Yellowjacket junior Xaiver Sampsel (Fleming Island ’16; no headshot available from team website) began his Graceland career with two wins at 133, as his team took wins over Waldorf (55-0) and William Penn (32-21).
Sampsel opened with an 8-7 win, after trailing earlier in the match, taking a decision over Waldorf’s Alfredo Moreno. Sampsel had an easier time in the dual against William Penn’s Sean Inswasty, with a fall in 1:54.
UCumberlands double dual: At Indianapolis IN on Friday, Patriots freshman Gabe Jacobs (Pace ’20) started at 184 in a 26-18 win over Marian and 22-18 loss to Indiana Tech.
Jacobs fell, 10-2, to seventh-ranked Sam Osho in the Marian dual, but won by fall over 15th-ranked Josue Hall of Indiana Tech, in 5:31.
Hastings Open: At Hastings NE on Saturday, Briar Cliff’s Micah Lanier (Wakulla ’18) was 0-2 at 157, with losses on the front to Northwestern’s Edward Punzalan (9-5 decision) and Central Methodist’s Charles Veliz (fall in :57).
King 22, Belmont Abbey 21: At Belmont NC, the hosts had former Florida High assistant coach Mathew Daner (Tampa Jesuit ’17) in the lineup at 149 on Saturday. Daner lost by fall to King’s Trent Mahoney in 1:29.
Doane 46, Bethany 9: At Crete NE on Wednesday, 13th-ranked Doane romped to two double-digit wins. Doane freshman Luke Davis (Clay ’20) took a loss by fall in the Bethany dual at 133, falling to Bethany’s Kaden Goff (1:33).
Davis & Elkins 34, Fairmont State 17: At Elkins WV, the Falcons took a split on Saturday, with Thomas Graden (Bishop Snyder ’19; no headshot available from team page) getting an appearance in an exhibition match. Wrestling at 285, Graden fell to D&E’s Joshua Sanders, the hosts’ starter at 197, by a 7-3 count.