HAYS — The Barton wrestling team competed in one of the toughest meets it will compete in all year this past weekend.
The Cougars battled several ranked grapplers from NCAA Division I and II and it showed in the overall record of 13-26 during the Bob Smith Open on the campus of Fort Hays State University.
The meet featured traditional national NCAA powers Oklahoma State and the University of Nebraska. Currently, Oklahoma State in ranked No. 3 in the nation and Nebraska No. 11.
In addition to the NCAA D-I powers, Top 25 NCAA D-II schools Central Oklahoma, Nebraska-Kearney and host Fort Hays State were also wrestling at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
While that 13-26 record may not look that good, Barton’s record against fellow NJCAA schools was pretty darn good. Against other 2-year schools, the Cougars were 7-1.
Barton lost seven of its matches to Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Eight more losses came to Central Oklahoma, Nebraska-Kearney and Fort Hays State. That is more than half of the losses for Barton during the meet.
David Kelly was the only Barton wrestler to place, taking fourth place at the 174-pound division. Kelly received a bye in the opening round then pinned Brayden Collins of Neosho in 3:30. In the quarterfinals, Kelly lost to Mikey Labriola of Nebraska by a 23-8 count.
Labriola went on to win the bracket while Kelly made it all the way through the consolation bracket to wrestle for third place. Kelly lost that third place match Central Oklahoma’s Miguel Barreras.
A trio of Cougars went 2-2 on the day but didn’t place. Gage McBride (165), Victor Monarrez (174), and Brix Brickey (285) all won a pair of matches at the meet.
Brickey made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Dakota Gulley of Fort Hays State by a narrow 5-2 decision.
Barton has one more day of wrestling before the Christmas break. Barton will travel to Crete, Neb. for the Doane College Open on Saturday. The meet will start at 9 a.m.
Fort Hays Bob Smith Open
125 – Andres Duron (0-2)
Round 1 – Conrad Cole (Ft Hays) won by fall over Duron, 1:45
Cons Round 1 – Duron received a bye
Cons Round 2 – Montana Moon (Okla City) def Duron, 6-5
133 – Hagen Kent (0-2)
Round 1 – Kent received a bye
Round 2 – Kaid Brock (Okla St) won by fall over Kenbt, 2:24
Cons Round 2 – Kent receive a bye
Cons Round 3 – Trey Edwards (Bethany) def Kent, 9-5
133 – Gage Gomez (0-2)
Round 1 – Dy’Juan Carney (Ft Hays) def Gomez, 9-4
Cons Round 1 – Gomez received a bye
Cons Round 2 – JD Rader (Kearney) def Gomez, 2-0
141 – Keaton Sander (0-2)
Round 1 – Sander received a bye
Round 2 – Dean Heil (Okla St) won by fall over Sanders, 1:48
Cons Round 2 – Brandon Conrad (Newman) def Sanders, 3-2
149 – Emanuel Peralta (1-2)
Round 1 – Jonathan Ball (Ft Hays) def Peralta, 7-6
Cons Round 1 – Peralta received a bye
Cons Round 2 – Peralta won by tech fall over Madison Leanio (Kan Wesleyan), 16-1
Cons Round 3 – Walker Johnson (Kearney) won by tech fall over Peralta, 18-2
165 – Gage McBride (2-2)
Round 1 – McBride received a bye
Round 2 – John Blankenship (Kearney) won by fall over McBride, 1:50
Cons Round 2 – McBride def Kelton Suchy (Barton), 4-2
Cons Round 3 – McBride won by tech fall over Sean Pilger (Pratt), 18—1
Cons round 4 – Dalton Peters (Nebraska) won by fall over McBride, 1:19
165 – Kelton Suchy, 6th place, (0-2)
Round 1 – Dacota Motter (Newman) won by major decision over Suchy, 13-0
Cons Round 1 – Suchy received a bye
Cons Round 2 – Gage McBride (Barton) def Suchy, 4-2
174 – David Kelly (4-2), 4th place
Round 1 – Kelly received a bye
Round 2 – Kelly won by fall over Brayden Collins (Neosho), 3:30
Quarterfinals – Mikey Labiriola (Kearney) won by tech fall over Kelly, 23-8
Cons Round 4 – Kelly won by fall over Victor Monarrez (Barton), 1:40
Cons Round 5 – Kelly won by fall over Jordan Wesley (Colby), 1:27
Cons Semis – Kelly won by inj default over Dylan Wiesner (Ft Hays)
3rd place – Miguel Barreras (Central Okla), won by fall over Kelly, 1:20
174 – Victor Monarrez (2-2)
Round 1 – Monarrez received a bye
Round 2 – Korey Windham (Adams St) won by major decision over Monarrez, 14-1
Cons Round 2 – Monarrez won by tech fall over Gavin Coleman (Labette), 19-2
Cons Round 3 – Monarrez def Jams Ellis (Pratt), 11-9
Cons Round 4 – David Kelly (Barton) won by fall over Monarrez, 1:40
184 – Shane Delong (1-2)
Round 1 – Delong received a bye
Round 2 – Bear Hughes (unattached) won by fall over Delong, 0:42
Cons Round 2 – Delong won by fall over Matt Ziegler (unattached), 0:40
Cons Round 3 – William Tyler (Adams St), def Delong, 10-7
184 – Trent Miles (1-2)
Round 1 – Miles received a bye
Round 2 – Noel Torres (Newman) won by fall over Miles, 3:32
Cons Round 2 – Miles received a bye
Cons Round 3 – Miles won by fall over Elias Manzanares (Neosho), 2:23
Cons Round 4 – Bear Hughes (unattached), won by fall over Miles, 1:39
285 – Brix Brickey, 2nd place, (2-2)
Round 1 – Brickey won by fall over Rico Garcia (Adams St), 2:14
Round 2 – Brickey won by fall over Benny Hernandez (Cloud), 5:45
Quarters – Dakota Gulley (Ft Hays) def Brickey, 5-2
Cons Round 4 – Brian Barnes (No. Colorado) won by fall over Brickey, 1:01
285 – Keegan Pride (0-2)
Round 1 – Elias Aguilar (Neosho) def Pride, 6-2
Cons Round 1 – Pride received a bye
Cons Round 2 – Brady Radik (Kearney) def Pride, 10-3