Two Wrestlers Earn First Place Honors

SIUE's Patrick Myers
SIUE's Patrick Myers

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – The SIUE wrestling team kicked off its 2012-13 season Sunday at the Central Missouri Open and saw a pair of wrestlers crowned as champions.

Sophomore Patrick Myers (133 pounds) and freshman Jake Residori (165 pounds) each earned first-place honors in their respective weight divisions.

Also placing for the Cougars was senior David Devine who was the runner-up at 285 pounds, and junior Josh Wood who took fifth place at 197 pounds.

"Our guys did a really good job," Head Coach David Ray said.  "This is the first time since I've been here that we've even had anyone in the finals at this tournament, not to mention two champions."

Myers won four matches to earn a spot in the championship match at 133, where he scored a 3-2 decision over Missouri freshman Matt Manley.

Residori, who was competing in his first tournament for SIUE, also picked up four victories en route to the finals where he defeated McKendree's Isaiah Gonzalez via a 6-1 decision.

"Both of those guys wrestled really tough," Ray said.  "They wrestled their style and did what it took to get the job done."

Devine needed three matches to reach the final, but fell 6-3 to Missouri's Devin Mellon and took second place at 285.

"This was good for (Devine's) confidence," Ray said.  "He wrestled well and he still has a lot of potential for how good he can be."

Wood earned fifth place at 197, while freshman Drew Vrbenec reached the quarterfinals and was one win away from placing at 141.

"Wood really competed and Vrbenec was one win away from a top-six finish," Ray said.  "They did a good job and they're also getting better every match."

Also picking up wins for SIUE Sunday were Brandon Brindley (133), Dillon Pousson (149), Alex Davis (157), Kyle Lowman (157), Deshoun White (174), Chris Johnson (184), and Cole Rogers (197).

Next up for the Cougars are the Iowa Duals on November 24.

"The team did a good job today but we're not satisfied yet," Ray said.  "We have a long way to go but we're heading in the right direction."

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