ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The Fort Hays State wrestling team wrapped up its conference road trip on Sunday as the Tigers fell to No. 20 Lindenwood 23-16. The Tigers dipped to 5-5 overall and 1-3 in MIAA duals this season. The Lions improved to 6-5 on the season and 2-3 in conference duals.
The Tigers fell behind early after Conrad Cole suffered a 13-3 major decision loss to the fourth-ranked wrestler in Division II, Carlos Jacquez, in the 125-pound bout. Dy’Juan Carney battled No. 8 Hunter Haralson in the 133-pound weight class before Haralson earned an 8-0 major decision over Carney. The Lions led 8-0 in the dual after the first two matches.
Eighth-ranked Brandon Ball looked to turn around the scoring, taking on Danny Swan in the 141-pound bout. Ball fell behind early in the match after Swan earned a takedown 15 seconds into the first period. Ball clawed his way back with a couple escapes, a takedown and was awarded a ride-time point to defeat Swan with a 5-3 decision. The sophomore earned his team-leading 27 victory of the season.
Nate Trepanier turned Efe Osaghae on his back late in the third period of the 149-pound weight class to increase their lead in the dual to 14-3 over the Tigers. Ryne Cokeley started the 157-pound match against Tim Bogar, before defeating Bogar via medical forfeit in the second period.
After closing within five points, Lion freshman Austin Stofer rode out Marty Verhaeghe until the end of the third period in the 165-pound match to separate themselves even further, halting a Tiger run. However, senior Dylan Wiesner was able to gain some more momentum for the Tigers with a strong 8-0 major decision over Sam Pennington in the 174-pound bout, closing the gap to four (17-13).
FHSU was not able to take any sort of advantage of a possible lead change in the dual after Patrick Kristin defeated Jordan Davis with a 6-0 decision in the 184-pound weight class, pushing the score to 20-13.
Senior Rakim Dean earned a 3-1 decision in the 197-pound match over Jared McKindley after a takedown late in the third period. The Lions held the Tigers in check in the 285-pound bout and the dual as 12th-ranked Jake Borgmeyer muscled a 9-3 decision over Dakota Gulley in the final match of the afternoon giving Lindenwood the match by a score of 23-16.
The Tigers are back in action Wednesday evening as they host Newman inside Gross Memorial Coliseum. Senior Night for the Tigers is set to commence at 7 p.m.