Vic McDowell, The Circuit
Benedictine competed in the Joe Parisi Open hosted by Lindenwood University on Nov. 21.
More than 600 wrestlers were on hand for the one-day tournament. Benedictine struggled against the field made up of NCAA Division I and II wrestlers.
The tough competition continues the trend of the Ravens testing themselves in pre-conference matches.
Junior Dillon Scanlon and freshman Tyler Berg were the only wrestlers to survive their opening matches.
Scanlon (149 lbs) opened the tournament defeating West Virginia University’s Ty Millward in 7-6 decision. Northern Illinois’ Carlos Garcia ended Scanlon’s run with a 10-4 win.
In the 295-pound class, Berg won two matches with both wins coming against NCAA opponents. The first win came against Christophe Nelson from West Virginia University by 4-2 decision. Berg earned his second win against Central Oklahoma’s Evan McGee.
His run ended by pin in the third round courtesy of Arthur Bunche from North Illinois University.
Other Raven wrestlers were not as successful.
Seniors and national qualifiers Gabe Suthoff and Stephen Loosebrock were eliminated to the consolation bracket after their first matches.
Suthoff, wrestling at 174 lbs, was pinned by Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Jake Residori with a 6:09 fall.
Southern Illinois’ Jake Tindle outlasted Loosebrock in the 197 lbs weight class with a 6-0 win by decision.
CJ Inkenberry, in the 133 lbs class was pinned by Missouri’s Cole Bumguartner in 1:22.
Benedictine was one of four NAIA schools competing during the tournament. Central Methodist, Grand View and Missouri Valley also participated.
The Ravens return to the mat against Missouri Valley at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.