CRETE, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s wrestling went looking for a much-needed win and got one in a big dual victory on Thursday over Doane University. The No. 11 Warriors took home wins in six matches to beat the Tigers 38-16 in a statement victory to get back on track after suffering a narrow loss to Concordia to open their GPAC Dual schedule the last time they took the mat.
Midland benefited from three forfeits from Doane to start the match as Daniel Vargas, Jonas Gaytan, and Julian Gaytan claimed victories in the 125, 133, and 141-pound divisions. The forfeits gave Midland an 18-0 advantage before any real action had begun.
Freshman Tristan Zamilpa defeated Kalen Roth by technical fall, 18-3, in the 149-pound match, adding another five points to Midland’s total, giving the Warriors a 23-0 lead.
Doane’s first win came in the 157-pound match as Gage Herron defeated Midland freshman Sam Dunwell 9-0 by major decision, getting the Tigers on the board as they still trailed 23-4.
Midland won each of the next two matches by way of pins. Senior Dominique Evans pinned Kyrie Williams at the 4:10 mark of the 165-pound match, putting Midland ahead 29-4. Senior and No. 12 Stephon Gray pinned Garrett Cornwell at the 1:12 mark in the 174-pound match, extending the Warriors’ lead to 35-4.
The 184-pound match was a forfeit win for Doane as No. 1 Zach Linton defeated Devin Brown. Doane’s Perry Baltz pinned Midland’s Zack Wendle at the 4:56 mark in the 197-match, making the score 35-16 in favor of the Warriors with one match remaining.
Freshman Derrell Zagurski completed the dual with a 4-2 win by decision over Jake Smith in the 285-pound match, securing a Midland dual win at 38-16. It’s the first dual win for the Warriors so far on the short 2018-19 season.
It’s a quick turnaround as the Warriors travel to Plain View, Texas to compete in the Wayland Baptist Open on December 1. The open is scheduled to start Saturday at 9:00 a.m.