WHEATON, IL – Wrestling at one of the toughest tournaments on the schedule, Maranatha came away with perhaps their most impressive performance of the season, highlighted with a win by seniors Ricky Warren (Watertown, WI) and Jesse Gjefle, with several challenging matches wrestled from James Warren (Watertown, WI).
“Guys were really wrestling their best of the season. Ricky got a well-earned win while Willy (James) lost to a real tough opponent, but reached another level. Jesse also lost a close match to a highly seeded team, but this was still one of our better days, with significant progress from everyone, at one of the top tournaments in the nation. Warren’s win came in the 149 weight-class won an impressive match, outscoring Luis Godines (Mount St. Joseph), 7-2 in the first round of the championship.
Warren went onto suffer a loss by fall in his second bout, but Gjefle also fared well, stringing together 10 points in a 14-10 decision loss to the #5 ranked wrestler in the 184 weight-class, Josh Anthony (UW Parkside), then defeating Conor Driscoll (Case Western), in a tight, 13-11 decision.
James Warren continued to improve after missing the fall semester, posting four points in a technical fall loss to #3 Matt Adcock (UW Whitewater), and was pinned in his second match while seniors Oliver Klein (Alexandria, VA) and Jeremy McPhillips (Georgetown, IL) each suffered losses by fall in their respective matches.
In the 285 weight-class, Dan Kiesling (Lainsburg, MI) took on the #4 wrestler, Cody Lovejoy (Ohio Northern), and was pinned at 1:08, before taking a loss by fall in his second match.