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MOUNT VERNON — On Saturday, the Iowa Wesleyan men were on the road, participating in the Cliff Keen/Mike Duroe Invitational.
For the men, 10 wrestlers competed and two walked away with top-ten finishes. Caelen Shannon and Brent Ward both finished inside the top 10 in their class.
Shannon, who wrestled at 174, received a bye in his first round, before coming out in his second match winning by fall. In the quarterfinals he was pinned, moving him to the consolation bracket.
Shannon was victorious in his next two matches, a 12-1 decision and a medical forfeit, before losing a close 4-3 decision in the consolation semifinals. He went on to pick up a fifth-place finish after his opponent suffered a medical forfeit.
Ward wrestled at 157 in the meet. He grabbed an opening match victory by decision, 8-4, but fell in the quarterfinals by fall. Ward bounced back with a 16-6 major decision, but was defeated once again by fall in his fifth match. His day ended with a seventh place finish after pinning his final opponent.
Kyle Thibodeaux wrestled at 125 for the Tigers. He fell in his opening match of the day by an 6-3 decision. He then received a bye in the second, before dropping his last match, a 11-6 decision.
At 141, Will Weidman received a bye first round and was pinned in the second. Following one more by in the third round, Weidman loss by major decision, 10-2.
The Tigers had two wrestlers at 165. Adin Garay was defeated in both of his matches, a 10-0 major decision and a fall. Jesus Diaz was pinned in his first match, and defeated by tech fall, 16-0, in his final match.
Dominique Morris weight in at 184. Morris received a bye first round and lost his next two matches, a fall and 18-3 tech fall.
In the 197 weight class, it was Elias Cordero for the Tigers. Cordero was pinned in his opening match, received a bye in the third and ended his day with 16-0 tech fall loss.
At 285, Iowa Wesleyan once again had two wrestlers compete.
Brendon Lunsford received a first-round bye and suffered a defeat by fall in the second. Following an additional bye, Lunsford pinned his next opponent, but ended his day with a sudden victory defeat, 6-4.
Wyatt Nelson was pinned in his first match of the day and received a bye in the second. He went on to win his next two matches by fall, before a tight 5-3 decision loss ended his day.
Next up, the Iowa Wesleyan Men’s Wrestling team will host Saint Ambrose University in Ruble Arena on Wednesday Jan. 19.