Written by Mason Ippel, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College wrestling team traveled to Muskegon Community College for the Ben McMullen Open on Saturday (Nov. 9) and took second overall out of 15 teams. Eight Scots placed in the top six including Austin Fox (Fort Worth, Texas / Timber Creek) who took first in his weight class.
- Austin Wieczorek (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) placed fifth in the 125 weight class. After receiving a bye in round one, Wieczorek won the next two matches by a major decision of 10-2 and decision of 4-0, respectively. He would lose in the semifinals to the eventual champ in sudden victory.
- In the 133 weight class, Will Kidder (Shelby, Mich. / Shelby) took second for the Scots. Kidder won two of his three matches by fall before losing in the championship.
- Trent Lashuay (Saint Johns, Mich. / Saint Johns) took fourth in the 141 weight class. He would win two matches by fall and one by technical fall (16-1) on his way to the third-place match.
- Matt Tomsett (Madison Heights, Mich. / Lamphere) wrestled his way to a third-place finish in the 157 weight class. Tomsett came out strong after a first-round bye and won his first match by technical fall 17-2. He would go on to win two more matches by technical fall and fall before winning the third-place match by major decision 11-1.
- Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) placed second in the 165 weight class. After a first-round bye, Kuehnlein won his next two matches by fall. He won the semifinals match by decision 4-1 to advance to the championship match.
- In the 184 weight class, Gus Richter (Durand, Mich. / Durand) wrestled his way to a second-place finish. Richter won his first three matches by decision (6-2, 4-2, 2-1) to advance to the championship match.
- Fox dominated the 197 weight class. After a first-round bye, Fox won his next two matches by technical fall 19-4 and 18-2, respectively. In the championship match, he pinned his opponent in 44 seconds to win the 197 tournament.
- Jacob Ransom (Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West) placed fourth in the heavyweight class. Ransom won five of six matches to advance to the third place match.
- Ransom had the most wins by fall in the open by pinning five of his opponents.
- Tomsett and Fox tied for the most technical falls in the open with two.
The Scots will travel to Adrian College on Saturday (Nov. 16) for the Adrian College Duals. They will face Central College, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Penn State Behrend, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.