Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The Alma College wrestling team wrapped up competition in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Saturday (March 12) afternoon at the US Cellular Arena, with all three qualifiers competing in their respective consolation brackets.
Senior Trevor Maresh (Northville, Mich./Northville) finished in fourth place in the 285-pound bracket, improving upon his sixth-place showing a year ago. Maresh suffered a pinfall against Augsburg's Donald Longendyke, the top-seeded wrestler in the bracket, then advance to the third-place match with a 2-0 decision over Gettysburg's Paul Triandafilou. In the third-place match, Maresh fell to Warburg's Lance Evans by a 4-2 decision.
Senior Jamie Jakes (Dearborn, Mich./Dearborn) won his final match as a Scot to finish fifth in the 197-pound bracket. Jakes won in a tiebreaker over Wheaton's Michael Swider before falling to Adrian College's Angus Arthur in a 4-2 decision in the consolation semifinals. In the fifth-place match, Jakes scored a 6-2 decision over Merchant Marine's Ricky Fisher.
Freshman Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central) did not compete in the Saturday's session and was a medical forfeit. He finished in eighth place in the 133-pound weight class.
After three sessions, the Scots are in 11th place with 30 points. Wartburg leads the field with 125.5 points, while Messiah is in second with a score of 91.
The NCAA III Wrestling Championships conclude on Saturday evening with the championship matches in all 10 weight classes.
Head Coach Todd Hibbs
"What a great weekend. Overall we went 10-5 in individual bouts. Romeo went 3-1, Jamie went 4-2, and Trevor was 3-2. It was a great weekend in terms of demonstrating that we have arrived on the scene where we can come back with multiple All-Americans and compete with the top 15 teams in the country. Now its time to keep stepping a bit higher every year."
"Congratulations to Jamie (Jakes) on wrestling great and coming back through the consolation bracket. He's a program senior who has been a model for us and to see him be our first 100-match winner and an All-American is outstanding. For Trevor (Maresh) to be our first two-time All-American and put together the win totals he has for us has meant a great deal to us. Romeo (Riley) will be ready to go in the future and have the chance to be our first three or four-time All-American."