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BPC At National Duals

The Brewton-Parker College Men's Wrestling program competed in day one action at the NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Ky.


The Barons were challenged by three top-20 NAIA opponents with two being within the top-10 in the country. 'We had a tough day today and were not fully equipped for the challenge,' Head Coach Kenny Mason said. 'We wrestled tough overall, but we were hurting ourselves with the small exchanges. We must be ready to wrestle all seven minutes if we want to win.'

Brew t o n – Pa r k e r opened the tournament with a dual against No. 2-ranked Life (Ga.) and unfortunately fell to the reigning NAIA National Champions 46-0. Zayveon Mitchell was downed via fall (2:11) by Chase Ayers at 125 followed by James Stoudenmire falling to Hunter Sparks via a 19-2 tech fall in the 133-lb bout.

At 141, Rex McDaniel took down Bradley Owens with a 10-2 major decision before the 149-lb bout. Julian Hernandez defeated Kohlby Hopper with a 16-1 tech fall. At 157, Levi Bishop fell short against Cole Drescher in an 8-4 decision. In the 165-lb bout, Miguel Angel Hernandez defeated Cody Thompson with a 12-1 major decision.

The Barons gave up the 174-lb bout before Jesse Martin challenged Myles Starke in the 184-lb division. Martin was downed by Starke with a 16-0 tech fall. The Running Eagles followed with another 16-0 tech fall this time with Tony Rogers going against Jonathan Whiting at 197. The dual closed with Spencer Dacus defeating Jesus Riano with a 7-4 decision.

With the loss, the Barons were knocked to the consolation rounds with another tough challenge ahead against No. 7-ranked Southeastern (Fla.). The Fire took down Brewton-Parker with a 43-6 win. Mitchell opened the dual with a loss to Esau Bazilme in a 5-3 decision at 125.

At 133, Xavier Williams defeated Bryant Santiago vial fall (0:21) with Kael Brisker following in 141 to take down Owens with a 16-7 major decision. During the 149 bout, Hopper fell to Andreus Bond with a 16-1 tech fall followed by Trace Braun taking down Bishop with a fall (0:39) at 157. Thompson was taken down by Wyatt Kirkman at 165 with a fall (2:04) while Stephen Kelle defeated Douglas Peppers with an 8-4 decision at 174. As for 184, Lucas DeSilva picked up six points with a pin (1:31) over Blake Rypel for a top-10 win. The Barons dropped the 197 and 285 bouts to drop the match 43-6. Whiting lost via a major decision with Riano falling via pin (2:09) in the final bout of the dual.

Brew t o n – Pa r k e r wrapped up the day with an extra challenge against No. 16-ranked Lourdes (Ohio). The Barons fell 31-13 to the Gray Wolves. Keyshaun Taylor was taken down in the 125 bout with a 4-2 decision from Riley Rhone.

Dru Wilson downed Santiago at 133 with a 17-6 major decision followed by Nickalas Henneman defeating Owens with a fall (1:51) in the 141-lb bout. BPC gave up the 149 division for a forfeit before Garret Anderson utilized a 12-7 decision to defeat Bishop at 157.

Thompson battled at 165 but fell short to a 6-3 decision against Richard Jackson. Peppers picked up a win in 174 with a fall (5:42) over Noah Clary followed by DeSilva gathering a 9-1 major decision over William Speight at 184.

Carter Kroll defeated Whiting at 197 with a fall (1:54) before Riano closed out the day with a 2-0 decision over Noah Eikenbary.


The No. 20-ranked Brewton-Parker Women's Wrestling program competed at the NWCA National Duals in Louisville, Ky.

The Lady Barons dropped two matches to the No. 3 and No. 4-ranked programs in the NAIA followed by a loss to the No. 13-ranked program in the NAIA. Brew t o n – Pa r k e r opened the day with a firstround dual against No. 3-ranked Southern Oregon. The Raiders downed the Lady Barons with a dominant 41-6 win. The dual began with a forfeit to Emma Baertlein (101) before Valeree Ornelas pinned (2:18) Alyssa Valdivia in the 109 bout. At 116, Tara Othman defeated Alesandra Burgos with a 10-0 tech fall before Carolina Johnson downed Geneva Winston via fall (4:07) in the 123-lb bout. Jorie Richardson picked up the lone win for Brewton-Parker with a pin (4:00) over Jordynn Robson at the 130-lb division.

As for the 136-lb bout, Julissa Taitano defeated Kamryn Ellis with a 12-0 tech fall followed by Emily Se taking down Mel Mercado with a fall (0:50) in the 143-lb bout. Sienna Ramirez defeated India Page in the 155 division with an 8-3 decision. At 170, Sierra Hartfelder fell to Bailey Dennis via fall (0:21) before BPC forfeited the 191-lb bout to Karrah Smith to close out the dual with the 41-6 loss to the highly ranked Raiders.

The Lady Barons were knocked to the consolation bracket after the loss to Southern Oregon and received a BYE in the first round before taking on No. 4-ranked Texas Wesleyan. BPC fell to the Rams 40-6 in the second round of the consolation bracket. The second dual of the day began with two forfeits in the 101 and 109 bouts, giving the Rams an early lead. Burgos fell to Camille Fournier in the 116-lb bout with a 10-0 tech fall followed by Devin Patton downing Winston with a 10-0 tech fall in the 123-lb bout.

Texas Wesleyan gathered another pair of 10-0 tech fall wins in the 130 and 136 divisions over Richardson and Brooke Hamilton, respectively. Ellis was defeated by Maryellen Lafferty via fall (2:31) in the 143 division while Mercado picked up a forfeit win in the 155-lb bout. Aalyah Villarreal downed Hartfelder with a 13-2 tech fall at 170 before the Rams picked up a forfeit win in the 191 division to win 40-6.

To wrap up the day in Louisville, the Lady Barons faced No. 13 Providence (Mont.) in an extra dual, falling 31-11 to the Argos. Providence opened with two forfeit wins before Hayden Varner was defeated by a 10-0 tech fall to Ashley Gooman in the 116 division. Burgos gathered a forfeit win at 123 before Winston fell via 10-0 tech fall to Gabbie Parini at 130.

In the 136-lb bout, Richardson was defeated via fall (0:19) to Paige Respicio with Morgan Mackey taking down Mercado with a 5-4 decision in the 143-lb division. The 155 and 170 bouts were split with Providence taking 155 while Hartfelder gathered 170. The dual closed with a double forfeit at 191 to close out the day.

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