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December 13, 2013
SCHEDULE | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday, the Indiana Tech Wrestling team will host the Warrior Duals in the Warrior Athletic Center, which will feature five teams ranked in the NAIA Coaches Top-20 Poll and another that is receiving votes. There will also be 41 athletes that are ranked nationally and several others that are in the top six in their qualifying group.
The event, which consists of four rounds, begins with round one at 10 a.m. that will pit No. 11 Indiana Tech against Missouri Baptist, who are receiving votes, on mat one; eighth-ranked Cumberland will square-off against fifth-ranked Great Falls on mat two and No. 19 Oklahoma City will face No. 4 Campbellsville on mat three.
The Warriors enter the duals with six individuals ranked in the national rankings, led by James Bennett who is fourth at 165-pounds. Kris McKinley, who is sixth nationally at 125-pounds, joins Bennett as the top wrestlers in their weight classes; while Travis Barroquillo (141) and Adam Fahs (149) are third in at their weights in the east region.
Their first round opponent, the Spartans, bring two nationally ranked wrestlers to the event in No. 11 at 184-pounds, Weston Keleher and ninth-ranked Julius Anglikas at 285-pounds. Anglikas is the top wrestler in his weight class in the east group while Keleher is fifth and Chris Padilla ranks sixth at 133-pounds in the east.
The Bulldogs bring seven nationally ranked wrestlers to their matchup with the Argonauts, including the second ranked wrestlers at 133 and 184 pounds in Billy Ward and Cody Linton, respectively. Along with Ward at 133 pounds, Zeke Hunt is the top wrestler at 174-pounds in the East group, with Linton, Scott Stewart (197) and Kirk Johnson (165) each second in the east in their classes.
Their opponent, the Argos of UGF bring nine nationally ranked wrestlers in eight weight classes to the event, led by the third-ranked wrestler at 184-pounds in Kamron Jackson, two fourth-ranked wrestlers at 133-pounds (Michael Ruiz) and 285-pounds (David Lopez) and the fifth-ranked wrestler at 149-pounds, Ryan Martin. Martin, Jackson and Lopez are all the top wrestlers from the west group, with Ruiz ranked second in the region.
On mat three, the Stars of Oklahoma City have five wrestlers in four different weight classes ranked nationally, led by the fourth-ranked wrestler at 165-pounds in Zach Skates. The Starts wrestle in the central region where Skates is second in his class while Adrian Gaines (125) ranks third and Cody Sivertsen (184) ranks fourth.
Opposing them will be the highest-ranked team at the duals in No. 4 Campbellsville Tigers. The Tigers have at least one wrestler nationally ranked in every weight class, with two wrestlers ranked at 141 and 149-pounds. Brandon Westerman is the top ranked wrestler being No. two at 141-pounds while Kyle Terry and Tyler Alsip are both ranked third at 149 and 133-pounds, respectively. Wrestling in the East region, Westerman and Terry are each tops in their class with Alsip second. Three other wrestlers, Cody Steiner (125), Shawn McGhee (157) and Marvin Lawrence (174) are all second in the region in their respective weight classes.
Round two will begin 10 minutes after round one, around 11:30 a.m. with Tech facing Cumberland, Campbellsville against Missouri Baptist and Oklahoma City versus Great Falls. After a 15-minute break, round three will begin with the Warriors and Stars squaring off on mat one while the Tigers face the Argos and the Bulldogs tackle the Spartans. The final round, around 3 p.m. features Tech against Campbellsville, Cumberland versus Oklahoma City and Great Falls against Missouri Baptist.
The cost to attend the duals is $5. For those that can’t attend, the event will be live scored at trackwrestling.com.