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January 11, 2014
RESULTS | DES MOINES, Iowa – The Indiana Tech wrestling team went 1-2 on the first day of the NWCA NAIA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and The Marines at the Iowa Events Center. The Warriors started the day with a victory over 19th-ranked Midland before falling to No. 1 Grand View (Iowa) in the Championship quarterfinals. Then in the consolation quarterfinals, the Warriors defeated (RV) Concordia (Neb.) to assure themselves of at least an eighth-place finish.
In their first match of the day, the Warriors won six of the 10 weight classes to take the dual 28-16 over Midland. Kristopher McKinley got Tech off to a strong start with a 13-5 major decision at 125-pounds while Mitch Pawlak and Travis Barroquillo each recorded a fall at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, giving the Warriors a 16-0 lead. A fall at 149 and a major decision at 157 got the MU Warriors on the board, 10-16. A Kafuba Donzon 14-7 decision at 165-pounds followed by a Midland 17-11 decision at 174 kept Tech ached by six. Taylor Delong registered a fall at 184-pounds while Kelvin Jordan, Jr. recorded a 2-0 decision at 197 to account for the 28 points.
The Orange and Black struggled in their second dual of the day as they faced top-ranked Grand View (Iowa), falling 32-9, winning just two matches. The Vikings took an early 6-0 lead with a fall at 125, but Justin Brooks had a big answer with a fall of his own at 133-pounds to tie the score. Grand View won the next five matches, three by decision, one by major and one tech fall, before Delong registered the Warriors second win of the match, a 4-3 decision. Another decision and a tech fall rounded out the dual.
The final dual of the day saw the Warriors advance to the consolation semifinals with a 38-12 victory over Concordia (Neb.). McKinley got Tech off to a solid start with a 5-2 decision while Pawlak and Barroquillo each registered falls at 133 and 141 to extend the Warriors lead to 15-0. The Bulldogs got on the board with a fall at 149 to cut the lead to 15-6 while Chase Hack recorded at decision, 12-11, at 157-pounds while Donzon added five points to the lead, 23-6, with a tech fall at 165. Concordia tacked on six more points at 174-pounds before Delong added six for the Warriors with a fall at 184 and Sunday won 6-5 in overtime at 197 for a 32-12 lead. Andre Dunn sealed the 38-12 victory with a fall at 285-pounds.
The NWCA NAIA National Duals continue tomorrow and Tech will take the mat in the semifinals at 9 a.m. against fifth-ranked Campbellsville with the winner advancing for a chance at fifth place against the winner of the Montana State-Northern and Missouri Valley dual.