Cedar Rapids, Iowa - For the first time in program history, the Alma College wrestling team has three All-Americans. Freshman Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central), senior Jamie Jakes (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) and senior Trevor Maresh (Northville, Mich./Northville) all earned the distinction on Friday (March 11) night at the U.S. Cellular Arena.
The Scots are tied for eighth place after two sessions with 22 points. Wartburg (Iowa) leads the field with 78 points, 30 better than second-place Messiah.
Maresh earned All-American status for the second straight season after advancing to the semifinals in the 285-pound bracket, defeating Kyle Foster of Roger Williams by a 3-2 decision. Maresh, who can finish no worse than sixth place, will face top-seeded Donald Longendyke of Augsburg in the semifinals on Saturday, March 12.
Both Riley and Jakes had to fight back in the consolation round to get into the top eight and both have the opportunity to finish anywhere between third and eighth place.
Riley won both of his matches in the coalition round, beating Michael Pleski of St. John's (Minn.) by a 7-4 decision before scoring a pin at 6:08 against Eric Velez of Brockport. Riley will face Phillip Opelt of Cornell College in the consolation quarterfinals.
Jakes fell in his quarterfinal matchup with defending national champion Joe Giaramita of SUNY-Cortland, losing 3-1 in overtime, then battled back to earn All-American status for the first time in his career with a 6-3 decision over Messiah's Kyle Koser. Jakes' next opponent is Wheaton's Michael Swider in the consolation quarterfinals.
Head Coach Todd Hibbs
"Very strong first day for us. For Romeo to lose his first match and then to win three in a row in dominating fashion was very impressive. Jamie had amazing poise today. He wasn't nervous at all, he was just excited to be out there competing, and he showed a lot of poise coming back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to the defensing national champion in the quarterfinals to win a good match against a good opponent. For Jamie to be our first 100-match winner and an All-American is pretty special. Trevor wrestled a really smart match and is real dangerous in the top position and that was the difference."