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BPC At AAC Championships

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Brewton-Parker College Men’s Wrestling traveled to Lakeland, Fla., for the AAC Championships on Saturday. The Barons produced four placers, securing a sixth place finish out of 12 teams with 50 team points.

Keyshaun Taylor went 3-2 on the way to a fourthplace finish in the 133-pound weight class. Taylor started the day with a 17-1 tech fall over Ethyn Kimberlin from Bluefield (Va.) before picking up a 20-second fall over Gerard Ricciuto from St. Andrews (N.C.). Taylor dropped his third match in a 17-2 tech fall to No. 4 Thaddeus Long from Life (Ga.). While facing Stanley Lal from Truett-McConnell (Ga.), Taylor picked up a 5-2 decision, before falling in a 15-0 tech fall to Kahlil Tucker from St. Thomas (Fla.).

In the 165-pound division, Sean Houston gathered fourth place with his 3-2 run. Houston started the day with a 14-11 decision win over No. 21 Wyatt Higgins from Reinhardt (Ga.), before falling in 6:25 to No. 2 Steven Villalobos from Life. Houston bounced back to pick up a 17-2 tech fall over St. Thomas’ Sennai Heylinger, before dropping to a medical forfeit and taking fourth with a “no contest.”

Charlie Henkel started his day in the 184-pound weight class with a 14-4 major decision loss to No. 22 Johnathon Paramore from Reinhardt, before securing a 2:42 fall over his teammate Thomas Crawford. Henkel ended his day with a pair of losses, one in a 7-4 decision to William Parker from Truett-McConnell and the other in a 12-6 decision to Max Underwood from West Virginia Tech to take sixth place.

Wilkinson Saul took a fourth-place finish in the 285-pound division. Saul started the day with a 23-second fall over Reginald Whyte from Pikeville (Ky.), before slipping in a 2:51 pin to No. 4 Gabe Jacobs. Saul picked up another win with a 5-0 decision win over Jeff Bowles from West Virginia Tech, before dropping a 7-3 decision loss to Gavin Harper in the third-place match.

At the 141-pound weight class, Kullum Irvin started his day with a 4-2 decision over Truett-Mc-Connell’s Frankie Salcedo. Irvin fell in his second match to No. 4 Tyree Johnson from Life in a 16-0 tech fall, before picking up a 19-2 tech fall over West Virginia Tech’s Corbyn Cunningham. Irvin ended his day with a 19-2 tech fall loss to No. 10 Thomas Williams from St. Thomas.

Conner Wright also wrestled in the 141-pound weight class. Wright started the tournament with a pin in 4:11 over Cunningham, before dropping the second match in a 19-2 tech fall loss against No. 5 Kael Brisker from Southeastern (Fla.) and the third to Truett-McConnell’s Salcedo in a 5:51 fall.

Bradley Owens took on the 149-pound division and started the day with a 17-2 tech fall loss to No. 4 Parker Dobrocky from Southeastern. Owens picked up a 10-3 decision win over Tagge Fry from Pikeville in his second match, before falling in a 1:16 pin to CJ Shadlinger from Reinhardt to end the day.

Crawford took on the 184-pound division. To start the day, Crawford took a 14-4 major decision loss to Estaban Hoyos from St. Thomas. Crawford was able to pick up an injury default win in the second match, before falling to teammate Henkel in a 2:42 fall.

Gabe Evans, Robert Keyhea, Jesus Grijalva, and Levi Shaw competed but did not pick up any team points.

The Barons are hopeful to earn a couple of national qualifying bids for the NAIA National Tournament. The announcement for individual qualifiers will be released in the coming days.

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