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Napier claims MIAA title for FHSU


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University wrestler C.J. Napier became the school's first MIAA individual champion on Sunday, going 3-0 at the MIAA Championships, hosted by FHSU at Gross Memorial Coliseum.

Napier, a senior from Columbus, Kan., via the University of Nebraska, opened the 141-pound tournament with a 14-3 major decision win over Truman's Mark Smith. He followed with a 7-5 decision over Central Oklahoma's Dustin Reed, from Colby, before the nation's No. 4-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds completed his day with a 6-4 decision over Nebraska-Kearney's Brock Coutu in the title match.

Four other Tiger wrestlers advanced to their respective weight class's championship match, all to come up short. Josh Rodriguez (174 pounds), Jon Inman (184), Tanner Kriss (197) and Trey Page (heavyweight) each took second place, their only losses coming in the title match.

Adam Ludwin, a 125-pound sophomore, took third at 3-1, his only loss coming to Lindenwood's Marco Tamayo in the semifinals via a major decision, 11-1.

Symon Seaton (133 pounds), Mitchell Means (157), and Bradley Little (165) all went 1-2 for the tournament.

FHSU took fourth as a team with 63.0 points. Nebraska-Kearney won the tournament with 109.0 points, followed by Lindenwood's 84.5 and Central Oklahoma's 67.5. Central Missouri (43.5), Newman (4.0) and Truman (0.5) rounded out the team scoring.

The Tigers will next head to the NCAA Central Super Regionals, which takes place Feb. 28 through March 1 in Edmond, Okla.