Wrestling team led by Wright-Conklin’s first place

By Eric Saunders, staff writer

Photo courtesy of Newman UniversitySenior JP Carte wrestles on the mats in Fugate Gymnasium.

Photo courtesy of Newman University
Senior JP Carte wrestles on the mats in Fugate Gymnasium.

The Jets wrestling team won the Dragon Open this past Saturday, hosted by Minnesota State University Moor­head in Moorhead, Minn., after falling to Minnesota State University on Nov. 29.

Freshman Reece Wright-Conklin led the Jets to victory in the open in the 174 lb. division, with a first place finish and a 4-0 record.

Wright-Conklin was followed up by freshman Miles Johns in 2nd place in the 141 lb. category, freshman Colton Duhr in 3rd place in the 157 lb. category and senior Tyler Hasenbank in 4th place in the 184 lb. division.

“It was definitely a eye opener Thurs­day night but we bounced back,” Head Coach Ryan Smith said. “Conklin played well with a lot of other of our players and got a victory. When the next rank­ings come out, we will have players for sure be ranked in the top four in our re­gion. We have nothing to hang our heads about Thursday’s match. There are a lot of positives to look forward to.”

The victory at Moorhead was a come­back for the Jets, who were coming off of a loss in the Mankato Dual at MSU. The team’s overall match count was 15-15.

In Mankato, junior Lorenzo Serna was the only win for the Jets versus the ninth-ranked MSU team, as the Jets fell with a score of 3-42.

With the loss, the Jets fall to 0-1 in dual match action this season.

“We battled, we drove 2,000 miles in three and half days,” Smith said. “It was tough for us physically from the drive, and having to weigh in an hour before the dual instead of two hours was some­thing our players weren’t accustomed to.”

The team returns at 9 a.m. Sunday for the Jet Invitational in Fugate Gym.

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