Wrestlers begin season on a high note

By Matthew Royal, staff writer

Photo courtesy of Newman University
Newman University senior Tyler Hasenbank battles on the Newman’s ground.

The Newman University wrestling team started its season by traveling to Oklahoma City on Sunday.

The Newman freshmen showed their talent as three of the young Jets placed in their divisions. Reece Wright-Conklin placed third for the Jets while Colton Duhr and Miles Johns both placed sec­ond.

“I think that as a team we look decent this year,” sophomore Kris Workman said. “Our younger guys did well which always helps and, because of that I think we have great potential for the future.”

Freshman Colton Duhr competed in the Freshman/Sophomore Division where he won 3-1. Duhr went unde­feated in his first three matches: 8-0 win against an Oklahoma City wrestler, 11-4 decision over a Central Oklahoma wrestler and a narrow 5-4 victory over Labette Community College.

It was Labette Community College’s Aaron Seybold who would strive to the finish though as he defeated Duhr in a 7-0 decision.

“There are a lot of things that we can fix after Sunday’s open in Oklahoma, but it is still early so things are look­ing hopeful for us as a team,” Workman said. “It was also our first tournament as a team so it is important not to be satis­fied so that we keep improving our tech­nique and mentality.”

Freshman Miles Johns was another successful Jets, staying undefeated until the championship round.

Johns started the event with a 2:30 pin against Antonio Martinez followed by a 2:47 pin against Pratt Community College’s Garrett Port.

Johns then made it to the finals after a 7-3 decision against Labette Commu­nity College’s Jared Trotter. Johns fell to Labette’s Tyler Davis in a 6-4 decision.

The Jets will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., to compete in the University of Cen­tral Missouri Open on Sunday.

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