Three wrestlers advance to NCAA III Championships

Three wrestlers advance to NCAA III Championships

Crawfordsville, Ind. - The Alma College wrestling team qualified three student-athletes for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships for the second straight year and placed sixth among 15 teams at the NCAA III Midwest Regionals, held on Saturday (Feb. 27) on the campus of Wabash College.

In addition, the Scots placed three wrestlers into the regional finals for the first time in the program's history. Seniors Trevor Maresh (Northville, Mich./Northville) and Jamie Jakes (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) earned their second trip to the national championships, while freshman Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central) became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the national championships, winning the 133-pound weight class.

Riley, Maresh and Jakes also earned all-region honors along with senior Shawn Brewer (New Boston, Mich./Huron) and sophomore Taylor McPhail (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores).

Riley won all four matches and qualified after dropping to the 133-pound flight from 141 pounds, where he spent most of the season. Riley secured the program's first regional championship when he scored a 25-5 decision over Wisconsin-La Crosse's Dustin Weinmann, who was the nation's fourth-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds.

Jakes is headed to the nationals for the second time in his career after finishing as the runner up at 197 pounds. Jakes, who went to the national championships in 2014 at 174 pounds, fell to fifth-ranked Angus Arthur from Adrian College in the championship round.

Maresh entered the regional as the top seed at 285 pounds and earned his first regional title to qualify for the national championships for the second straight season. Maresh posted a sudden victory over Emonta Logan, the ninth-ranked wrestler at 285 pounds, in the semifinals before defeating Olivet College's Jesse Judge in double overtime for the championship.

Brewer placed fourth at 157 pounds, fighting his way back to the third-place match after falling in his opening bout against Wisconsin-Whitewater's Brandon Arteaga. Brewer faced Arteaga again for the chance to go to nationals and fell by an 8-6 margin.

McPhail was the Scots' other finisher at regionals, placing fifth in the 165-pound flight. McPhail advanced to the semifinals before falling to No. 10 Logan Hermsen of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, then suffered a pin at the hands of Wheaton College's Frank Aiello in the consolation semifinal. IN the fifth-place match, McPhail scored an 8-3 decision over North Central's Erik Kirkman.

Brewer, Jakes and McPhail also earned NWCA Scholar All-American honors along with senior Caleb Huff (Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis) and sophomore Travis Heller (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba).

The three qualifiers - Riley, Maresh and Jakes - will head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on March 11-12 to take part in the NCAA Division III National Championships, which will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center.

QUOTES

Head Coach Todd Hibbs

"The competitive balance in the regional was amazing this year. Literally, if we just had two more pins, or if one guy places one spot higher, or wins one extra match, we would have been in third place. It was that close. I'm sad for Shawn Brewer and Taylor McPhail for getting so close to nationals. Jamie Jakes wrestled a terrific tournament and I look forward to see him performing for All-American status and getting back to nationals. Trevor Maresh got it done, won a championship and should be a national top-four seed. The big story of the day was Romeo Riley, who was dominant all day and had a phenomenal performance."

RESULTS

Team Scores

1. Wabash 117.5
2. Wisconsin-La Crosse 91.5
3. North Central (IL) 84.0
3. Wheaton (IL) 84.0
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater 84.0
6. Alma College 80.0
7. Elmhurst 74.5
8. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 72.5
9. Olivet 68.0
10. Adrian 37.0
11. Chicago 28.0
12. Manchester 17.5
13. Ohio Northern 8.0
14. Trine University 4.5
15. Mount St. Joseph 0.0

NCAA DIII Regional - Results for Alma College

125 - Victor Sosa-Sevilla

Champ. Round 1 - Zac Denny (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 13-5 won by tech fall over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) 11-18 (TF-1.5 4:35 (16-1))
Cons. Round 1 - Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) 11-18 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Robbie Carter (Wabash) 13-8 won by fall over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) 11-18 (Fall 4:04)

133 - Romeo Riley placed 1st.

Champ. Round 1 - Romeo Riley (Alma College) 21-7 won by decision over Brandon Malone (North Central (IL)) 1-2 (Dec 8-1)
Quarterfinal - Romeo Riley (Alma College) 21-7 won by fall over Caleb Maddox (Trine University) 26-13 (Fall 1:14)
Semifinal - Romeo Riley (Alma College) 21-7 won by major decision over Nick Koch (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 12-2 (MD 11-2)
1st Place Match - Romeo Riley (Alma College) 21-7 won by decision over Dustin Weinmann (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 25-5 (Dec 3-2)

141 - Aaron Parr-Besemer

Champ. Round 1 - Jimmy Nehls (Elmhurst) 4-0 won by tech fall over Aaron Parr-Besemer (Alma College) 7-15 (TF-1.5 4:00 (17-2))
Cons. Round 1 - Aaron Parr-Besemer (Alma College) 7-15 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Matt Adcock (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 27-12 won by tech fall over Aaron Parr-Besemer (Alma College) 7-15 (TF-1.5 3:23 (19-2))

149 - Stephan Orlando

Champ. Round 1 - Austin Kelley (Olivet) 21-13 won by fall over Stephan Orlando (Alma College) 6-11 (Fall 2:30)
Cons. Round 1 - Stephan Orlando (Alma College) 6-11 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Joe Crook (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) 18-9 won by fall over Stephan Orlando (Alma College) 6-11 (Fall 1:36)

157 - Shawn Brewer placed 4th.

Champ. Round 1 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Brandon Arteaga (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 24-12 won by decision over Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 won by fall over Devon Range (Chicago) 0-2 (Fall 8:19)
Cons. Round 3 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 won by major decision over Clayton Davidson (Ohio Northern) 2-2 (MD 13-0)
Cons. Semi - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 won by decision over Jared Fekete (Wheaton (IL)) 3-2 (Dec 11-8)
3rd Place Match - Brandon Arteaga (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 24-12 won by decision over Shawn Brewer (Alma College) 26-8 (Dec 8-6)

165 - Taylor McPhail placed 5th.

Champ. Round 1 - Taylor McPhail (Alma College) 20-7 won by fall over Nick Ferraro (Chicago) 1-2 (Fall 6:35)
Quarterfinal - Taylor McPhail (Alma College) 20-7 won in sudden victory - 1 over Derek Weinmann (Wisconsin-La Crosse) 13-11 (SV-1 8-6)
Semifinal - Logan Hermsen (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) 25-6 won by decision over Taylor McPhail (Alma College) 20-7 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Semi - Frank Aiello (Wheaton (IL)) 4-2 won by fall over Taylor McPhail (Alma College) 20-7 (Fall 3:57)
5th Place Match - Taylor McPhail (Alma College) 20-7 won by decision over Eric Kirkman (North Central (IL)) 1-3 (Dec 8-3)

174 - Travis Heller

Champ. Round 1 - Travis Heller (Alma College) 26-8 won by fall over Bryce Roberts (Manchester) 2-20 (Fall 0:52)
Quarterfinal - Ethan Farmer (Wabash) 32-3 won by decision over Travis Heller (Alma College) 26-8 (Dec 5-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Travis Heller (Alma College) 26-8 won by fall over JayCee Jensen (Trine University) 7-13 (Fall 1:10)
Cons. Round 3 - Connor Price (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 32-14 won by decision over Travis Heller (Alma College) 26-8 (Dec 7-3)

184 - Trent Hullett

Champ. Round 1 - Trent Hullett (Alma College) 20-12 won by fall over Kerry Raab (Trine University) 6-22 (Fall 2:20)
Quarterfinal - Riley Lefever (Wabash) 40-0 won by fall over Trent Hullett (Alma College) 20-12 (Fall 1:34)
Cons. Round 2 - Trent Hullett (Alma College) 20-12 won by major decision over Alex Roberts (Manchester) 6-21 (MD 12-3)
Cons. Round 3 - Rodney Harvey (Olivet) 21-8 won by fall over Trent Hullett (Alma College) 20-12 (Fall 3:59)

197 - Jamie Jakes placed 2nd.

Champ. Round 1 - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) 27-5 won by major decision over Ryan Walsh (Chicago) 0-2 (MD 13-0)
Quarterfinal - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) 27-5 won by decision over Colton Kelly (Elmhurst) 2-2 (Dec 5-1)
Semifinal - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) 27-5 won in double overtime over Michael Swider (Wheaton (IL)) 4-1 (2-OT 6-5)
1st Place Match - Angus Arthur (Adrian) 31-0 won by decision over Jamie Jakes (Alma College) 27-5 (Dec 3-1)

285 - Trevor Maresh placed 1st.

Champ. Round 1 - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) 20-2 won by tech fall over Jordan Festge (Wisconsin-Whitewater) 7-18 (TF-1.5 2:29 (18-0))
Quarterfinal - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) 20-2 won by decision over Donny Ralston (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) 17-16 (Dec 7-0)
Semifinal - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) 20-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Emonte Logan (North Central (IL)) 3-2 (SV-1 5-3)
1st Place Match - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) 20-2 won in double overtime over Jesse Judge (Olivet) 28-9 (2-OT 3-1)