Las Vegas, Nev. - The Alma College wrestling team, ranked sixth in NCAA Division III, wrapped up the first half of the season on Monday (Dec. 21), participating in the Desert Duals hosted by Wartburg College. The Scots finished with a 1-3 record during the event, falling to three teams ranked in the top 20 in the nation.
Alma began the day with 10th-ranked Coe College, falling by a 23-16 margin. The Scots picked up wins at 141 pounds when freshman Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo, Mich/Kalamazoo Central) scored an 8-0 major decision. Senior Shawn Brewer (New Boston, Mich./Huron) was victorious at 157 pounds, and Alma took the 184-, 197- and 285-pound matches to close out the meet, with seniors Caleb Huff (Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis), Jamie Jakes (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), and Trevor Maresh (Northville, Mich./Northville) winning their respective bouts.
The Scots' lone victory of the day came against St. John's (Minn.) with a 29-18 decicion over the Johnnies. Freshman Anthony Pizzo (Madison Heights, Mich./Clawson) scored his first collegiate victory at 133 pounds as Alma captured six of the 10 weight classes.
After getting shutout at the hands of top-ranked Wartburg, 40-0, Alma closed out the day with a 25-17 setback to No. 19 Concordia-Moorhead. The teams split weight classes, with each winning five bounts, but Concordia picked up a few extra points on falls that proved to be the difference.
The Scots are idle until January 8-9, 2016, when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to participate in the NWCA National Dual Meet Championships.
• Alma is now 7-3 in dual meets this season and has faced six nationally-ranked teams.
• Anthony Pizzo made his collegiate debut at the Desert Duals and went 1-3 during the event.
• Romeo Riley was 2-2 during the day and owns a 14-3 record at 141 pounds this season.
• Shawn Brewer suffered his first loss of the season with a 3-2 decision to Wartburg's Brady Meyer, ending a 12-match winning streak. Brewer is 13-1 this season at 157 pounds.
• Jamie Jakes suffered a 3-1 loss to Wartburg's Gerard Roman, marking only his second defeat of the season. Jakes is 18-2 at 197 pounds this season and has 99 career victories.
• Trevor Maresh suffered an injury and could not compete in the final two duals. Cameron Lee made his varsity debut for the season, wrestling at 285 pounds against Wartburg and Concordia-Moorhead.
Head Coach Todd Hibbs
"We were not at our best today and that was pretty clear with the results that we had. We've had some pretty amazing highs, and today was a low day. None of these individual days define us as a season and we just continue to move ahead and get better from today. We get a break, and right after the holidays we have the National Duals, which is a great opportunity to show what we are capable of. We've got a talented, resilient and very hard working group of guys who will be dedicated to getting back to where we were earlier in the season and performing up to our ability."
No. 10 Coe defeated No. 6 Alma, 23-16
125 - Jan Rosenberg (Coe) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma) Fall 0:56
133 - Mike Gussarson (Coe) over Anthony Pizzo (Alma) Maj 13-4
141 - Romeo Riley (Alma) over Trey Schuler (Coe) Maj 8-0
149 - Josh Donkle (Coe) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma) Dec 9-3
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma) over Jake Voss (Coe) Dec 6-3
165 - Farai Sewera (Coe) over Kevin Briscoe (Alma) Fall 1:05
174 - Ryan Harrington (Coe) over Travis Heller (Alma) Maj 13-5
184 - Caleb Huff (Alma) over Casey Rohret (Coe) Dec 6-4
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma) over Andrew Holladay (Coe) Dec 9-2
285 - Trevor Maresh (Alma) over Creighton Fox (Coe) Dec 5-1
No. 6 Alma defeated St. John's, 29-18
125 - John Wells (St. John's) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma) Dec 5-3
133 - Anthony Pizzo (Alma) over Ben Kollaja (St. John's) Maj 11-0
141 - Allen Henle (St. John's) over Romeo Riley (Alma) Fall 5:34
149 - JJ Sadler (Alma) over Michael Pleski (St. John's) Dec 3-1
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma) over Hunter Hicks (St. John's) Maj 15-2
165 - Jack Barsody (St. John's) over Kevin Briscoe (Alma) Dec 10-8
174 - Taylor McPhail (Alma) over Nick Hoff (St. John's) Fall 2:09
184 - Trent Hullett (Alma) over Glenn Castro (St. John's) Fall 1:49
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma) over Nick Pegelow (St. John's) Fall 2:01
285 - Colin Fisher (St. John's) over Trevor Maresh (Alma) Inj 0:00
No. 1 Wartburg defeated No. 6 Alma, 40-0
125 - Tanner Terry (Wartburg) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma) Dec 9-3
133 - Connor Campo (Wartburg) over Anthony Pizzo (Alma) TF 19-0
141 - Kaz Onoo (Wartburg) over Romeo Riley (Alma) Maj 12-2
149 - Mark Pinero (Wartburg) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma) TF 17-0
157 - Brady Meyer (Wartburg) over Shawn Brewer (Alma) Dec 3-2
165 - Andrew Steiert (Wartburg) over Kevin Briscoe (Alma) Fall 1:05
174 - Eric Devos (Wartburg) over Travis Heller (Alma) Maj 13-3
184 - Bryan Levsen (Wartburg) over Trent Hullett (Alma) Dec 6-3
197 - Gerard Roman (Wartburg) over Jamie Jakes (Alma) Dec 3-1
285 - Lance Evans (Wartburg) over Cameron Lee (Alma) Maj 9-1
No. 19 Concordia-Moorehead defeated No. 6 Alma, 25-17
125 - Jakob Stageberg (Concordia-Moorehead) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma) Fall 2:26
133 - Gabe Foltz (Concordia-Moorehead) over Anthony Pizzo (Alma) Fall 4:26
141 - Romeo Riley (Alma) over Cody Weiland (Concordia-Moorehead) Dec 8-2
149 - Ty Johnson (Concordia-Moorehead) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma) Maj 10-2
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma) over Ben Cousins (Concordia-Moorehead) Dec 6-3
165 - Joseph Heinz (Concordia-Moorehead) over Kevin Briscoe (Alma) Dec 6-0
174 - Travis Heller (Alma) over Dane Ringquist (Concordia-Moorehead) Maj 10-2
184 - Trent Hullett (Alma) over Dan Marquette (Concordia-Moorehead) Dec 9-8
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma) over Jacob Briggs (Concordia-Moorehead) Maj 11-1
285 - Justice Davis (Concordia-Moorehead) over Cameron Lee (Alma) Fall 4:04