FHSU wrestling falls to ranked Maryville

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Fort Hays State dropped its third straight dual meet to ranked opponents, suffering a 26-12 defeat to the No. 4 Maryville on Sunday.

After FHSU dropped the first two matches by decision (Kregg Clarke at 165 pounds and Dylan Wiesner at 174 pounds) to go down 6-0, sixth-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds, Jon Inman, knotted the dual by pinning Maryville’s Nick Burghardt at the 3:25 mark.

Maryville went on to win the 197-pound bout with a major decision (18-4) by No. 2 Ryan Beltz over Cash Drylie, then followed up with a 9-6 decision from the No. 5 at 285 pounds, Donnell Walker, over Dakota Gulley.

At 125 pounds, Adam Ludwin brought the Tigers back within four by defeating Jaret Singh with a 9-6 decision, but the gap widened again as No. 5 Dakota Bauer scored a technical fall (18-1) over Anthony Calderon at 133 pounds. Noah Killip (141) kept the Tigers alive with a 7-1 decision over Keygan Foster.

The Saints won the next two matches with back-to-back major decisions by James Krischke (149) and Greg Hegarty (157) to seal the victory by the score of 26-12. William Homalon (149) lost 16-8 and Joey Dozier (157) lost 10-2.

The Saints improved to 1-1 overall on the season and the Tigers went to 5-5 overall. The Tigers look to bounce back in an MIAA match in Hays against Central Missouri on Wednesday on senior night at Gross Memorial Coliseum, as the dual is the final home event of the season.

Morrow, Carroll hit provisional marks

PITTSBURG — Fort Hays State track and field competed at the Pittsburg State Invitational on Friday, when Jake Morrow and Jordan Carroll both hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Morrow improved upon his provisional mark in the pole vault. He cleared a height of 15 feet, 11.75 inches to finish 11th in the event, which featured Division I competition, as well as Division II. Morrow now ranks 11th on the national performance list.

Carroll jumped 47-4.25 in the triple jump to hit a provisional mark for the second time this year and secure a fourth-place finish. His best mark this season is 47-5.75. He also finished 12th in the long jump at 22-1.75 inches. Carroll currently ranks 27th on the national performance list in the triple jump.

Calvin Johnson told Lions he planned to retire

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson told his inner circle before the 2015 season he would retire at the end of the year.

After the season, Johnson, 30, gave Lions coach Jim Caldwell the same message.

The Free Press emailed Johnson, but has not heard back from him at this time.

Schefter reports Caldwell told Johnson to take his time on the decision, and Johnson agreed, though “one person who knows Johnson well said Johnson is ‘pretty content with his decision.’ “

According to Schefter, after the season ended Jan. 3 with a 24-20 win over Chicago, Johnson shared his decision to retire with two teammates: Quarterback Matthew Stafford and linebacker Stephen Tulloch, requesting they keep their lips sealed.

Johnson and the Lions released a joint statement Jan. 6, saying the wideout was contemplating his future.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in the statement. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”

Johnson is the franchise leader in receptions (731), yards (11,619) and receiving touchdowns (83).