MARSHALL, Mo. – The Lyon College men's wrestling team battled some of the top wrestlers in the country Friday and Saturday, finishing 25th out of 33 teams at the Missouri Valley Invitational at the Burns Athletic Complex. Dustin Miller (JR/Escondido, Calif.) led the Scots with a sixth-place finish in the 125-lb. weight class.
Grand View University won the event with 180.5 points, followed by University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), which finished with 117 points. Indiana Tech placed third with 115.5 points, followed by Missouri Valley College with 105.5 points and Montana State University Northern rounding out the top five with 102 points. The Scots scored 23.5 points.
Of American Midwest Conference colleges, Williams Baptist College led the way, placing eighth with 95.5 points. Lindenwood University-Belleville placed 17th with 52.5 points, followed by Missouri Baptist University in 21st place with 32 points, Lyon, Hannibal-LaGrange University in 31st place with 5.5 points and Central Baptist College in 33rd place with 0.5 points.
DUSTIN MILLER – 125 LB. CLASS
Miller posted a pair of two-event winning streaks as he finished the 125-lb. class with a 4-3 record and a sixth-place finish.
After receiving an opening-round bye, Miller opened with a fall win over Kadin Scoggins of Lindsey Wilson in 4:04 and followed that up with a fall victory in 2:02 over Jaln Gomillia of Lindenwood University-Belleville in Championship Round 3.
After a loss dropped him to the Consolation bracket, He defeated Zane Baugh of Baker University with an 11-1 major decision and then posted a 12-5 decision over Anthony Locke of Dickinson State University.
In the Consolation semifinals, Miller fell to Sean Nguyen of Cumberland University in a 12-6 decision, and then lost in the fifth-place match to Ngun Uk of Indiana Tech in a medical forfeit.
CONNOR WEBBER – 165 LB. CLASS
Connor Webber (JR/Houston, Texas) posted a 1-2 record in the 165-lb. weight class. He took a bye in the opening round and then defeated Luke Dunn of Marian University with a fall in 3:44.
Webber then lost to Andrew Simons of Missouri Valley College in a 21-5 technical fall and to L.J. Henderson of Campbellsville University in a fall in 3:45.
Three other Lyon College wrestlers came up without victories in their respective matches. Robb Rodriguez (JR/Hollister, Calif.) finished 0-2 in the 133-lb. weight class, Roger Gasmann (FR/Little Elm, Texas) posted a 0-2 mark in the 149-lb. weight class, Albert Ordonez (FR/Miami, Fla.) finished 0-2 in the 149-lb. weight class and George Scott (FR/Little Rock, Ark.) was 0-2 in the 174-lb. weight class.
WHAT'S UP NEXT FOR THE SCOTS?
The Lyon men's wrestling team will now set its sights on the American Midwest Conference Postseason Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. at Williams Baptist College.