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Ruffin Leads Five SIUE Wrestlers in Top Six at Lindenwood Open

Justin Ruffin
Justin Ruffin

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Five SIUE wrestlers placed in the top six Saturday at the Lindenwood Open, including a runner-up finish for sophomore Justin Ruffin.

"It's good when half of your team is placing in a tournament like that, especially when you have so many good teams there," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "There were some matches that we could have won so that's a little big frustrating." 

After winning his first three matches, Ruffin dropped a tight 3-1 decision to Missouri's Jarrett Jacques in the 157-pound championship match. Ruffin previously defeated Marian's Quienton Ingram 18-0, Lindenwood's Tim Bogar 8-0 and Missouri Phyllip DeLoach 5-2.

"He is definitely more offensive," said Spates. "That's one of the things early in the tournament that we had some guys who weren't getting as much offense, but Justin was not one of them. He is starting to put up bonus points. The more confidence he gets in his offense, the better he is going to continue to become."

SIUE's top finishers were Saul Ervin (3rd/141), Ryan Yarnell (5th/184), Kevin Gschwendtner (6th/174) and Colton McKiernan (6th/285).

Ervin was the only other wrestler who had one loss Saturday.

"Saul did a good job," said Spates. "He was in some other matches that were barnburners. He got himself behind in matches. We would like to see him building leads rather than coming from behind. At the same time, he showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight."

The Cougars are now idle until Dec. 7 when it begins the home schedule with the Cougar Clash. SIUE welcomes Missouri, Little Rock, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Brown to First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center.


Lindenwood Open Results

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 125

Tommy Dineen

Champ. Round 1 - Tommy Dineen (SIUE) won by fall over Ruben Whitney (Williams Baptist) (Fall 1:32)

Champ. Round 2 - Tommy Dineen (SIUE) won by decision over Christopher Busutil (Ellsworth CC) (Dec 8-1)

Quarterfinal - Preston Mattingly (Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)) won by fall over Tommy Dineen (SIUE) (Fall 5:25)

Cons. Round 3 - Dalen Moore (Northeast Oklahoma) won by major decision over Tommy Dineen (SIUE) (Maj 10-1)

Black Division (Fresh/Soph) 133

Honor Nguyen

Champ. Round 1 - Cayden Rooks (Indiana) won by tech fall over Honor Nguyen (SIUE) (TF 17-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Honor Nguyen (SIUE) received a bye

Cons. Round 2 - Aidan Campbell (Arkansas-Little Rock) won by fall over Honor Nguyen (SIUE) (Fall 5:48)

Gold Division (Open) 125

Gage Datlovsky

Champ. Round 1 - Cody Karstetter (Central Oklahoma) won by decision over Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) (Dec 7-2)

Cons. Round 1 - Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) received a bye

Cons. Round 2 - Matthew Vinci (Northwestern) won by major decision over Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) (Maj 14-4)

Gold Division (Open) 125

Matt Malavsky

Champ. Round 1 - Marcus Povlick (McKendree) won by tech fall over Matt Malavsky (SIUE) (TF 17-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Matt Malavsky (SIUE) received a bye

Cons. Round 2 - Matt Malavsky (SIUE) won by decision over Vincent Priante (McKendree) (Dec 10-4)

Cons. Round 3 - Nolan Hellickson (Boston RTC) won by tech fall over Matt Malavsky (SIUE) (TF 19-0)

Gold Division (Open) 141

Saul Ervin's place is 3rd

Champ. Round 1 - Saul Ervin (SIUE) received a bye

Quarterfinal - Saul Ervin (SIUE) won by decision over Nate Keim (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 5-4)

Semifinal - Alex Butler (Missouri) won by decision over Saul Ervin (SIUE) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Semi - Saul Ervin (SIUE) won by decision over Brandon James (Marian (IN)) (Dec 10-9)

3rd Place Match - Saul Ervin (SIUE) won by decision over Nate Keim (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 8-4)

Gold Division (Open) 149

Max Kristoff

Champ. Round 1 - Max Kristoff (SIUE) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 - Vince Turk (Iowa) won by tech fall over Max Kristoff (SIUE) (TF 19-4)

Cons. Round 2 - Max Kristoff (SIUE) won by fall over Patrick Cody (Purdue) (Fall 0:21)

Cons. Round 3 - Max Kristoff (SIUE) won by injury default over Nikolas Chavez (Oklahoma) (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Round 4 - Kevin Kissane (Newman) won by decision over Max Kristoff (SIUE) (Dec 7-5)

Gold Division (Open) 157

Justin Ruffin's place is 2nd

Champ. Round 1 - Justin Ruffin (SIUE) won by tech fall over Quienton Ingram (Marian (IN)) (TF 18-0)

Quarterfinal - Justin Ruffin (SIUE) won by major decision over Tim Bogar (Lindenwood (Mo.)) (Maj 8-0)

Semifinal - Justin Ruffin (SIUE) won by decision over Phyllip DeLoach (Missouri) (Dec 5-2)

1st Place Match - Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) won by decision over Justin Ruffin (SIUE) (Dec 3-1)

Gold Division (Open) 165

Chase Deihl

Champ. Round 1 - Peyton Mocco (Missouri) won by decision over Chase Diehl (SIUE) (Dec 6-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Chase Diehl (SIUE) received a bye

Cons. Round 2 - Chase Diehl (SIUE) won by decision over Martell Boone (Missouri) (Dec 7-1)

Cons. Round 3 - Chase Diehl (SIUE) won by decision over Brett Johnson (Marian (IN)) (Dec 7-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Nick South (Indiana) won by decision over Chase Diehl (SIUE) (Dec 2-1)

Gold Division (Open) 174

Kevin Gschwendtner's place is 6th

Champ. Round 1 - Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) won by fall over Angelo Talabert (Kentucky Wesleyan ) (Fall 5:20)

Champ. Round 2 - Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) won by decision over Zach Johnston (Minnesota State Mankato) (Dec 9-8)

Quarterfinal - Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) won by decision over Troy Fisher (Northwestern) (Dec 5-4)

Semifinal - Connor Flynn (Missouri) won by tech fall over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) (TF 20-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Maxwell Southard (Iowa State) won by major decision over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) (Maj 15-6)

5th Place Match - Troy Fisher (Northwestern) won by decision over Kevin Gschwendtner (SIUE) (Dec 9-7)

Gold Division (Open) 184

Sergio Villalobos

Champ. Round 1 - Abe Assad (Iowa) won by fall over Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) (Fall 5:11)

Cons. Round 1 - Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) received a bye

Cons. Round 2 - Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) won by decision over Jon Halvorsen (Northwestern) (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 3 - Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) won by tech fall over Chase Larson (Lindenwood - Belleville (Ill.)) (TF 20-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Unattached) won by decision over Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) (Dec 10-3)

Gold Division (Open) 184

Ryan Yarnell's place is 5th

Champ. Round 1 - Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 - Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) won by decision over Tyler Crow (Missouri Valley) (Dec 8-1)

Quarterfinal - Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) won by decision over Bailey Kelly (Maryville) (Dec 10-4)

Semifinal - Heath Gray (Central Oklahoma) won by decision over Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) (Dec 10-5)

Cons. Round 4 - Canten Marriott (Missouri) won by fall over Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) (Fall 4:54)

5th Place Match - Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) won by tech fall over Bailey Kelly (Maryville) (TF 22-6)

Gold Division (Open) 197

Aric Bohn

Champ. Round 1 - Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree) won by tech fall over Aric Bohn (SIUE) (TF 16-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Barret `Bear` Hughes (Oklahoma State) won by decision over Aric Bohn (SIUE) (Dec 11-6)

Gold Division (Open) 197

Austin Andres

Champ. Round 1 - Drew Mccollum (Hannibal-LaGrange (MO)) won by decision over Austin Andres (SIUE) (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Connor Corbin (Iowa) won by major decision over Austin Andres (SIUE) (Maj 18-5)

Gold Division (Open) 197

Jake McKiernan

Champ. Round 1 - Jake McKiernan (SIUE) received a bye

Quarterfinal - Sam Cook (Iowa) won by decision over Jake McKiernan (SIUE) (Dec 7-4)

Cons. Round 2 - Francis Duggan (Iowa State) won by decision over Jake McKiernan (SIUE) (Dec 10-4)

Gold Division (Open) 285

Tommy Helton

Champ. Round 1 - Tommy Helton (SIUE) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 - Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma) won by decision over Tommy Helton (SIUE) (Dec 3-2)

Cons. Round 2 - Tommy Helton (SIUE) won by decision over Jairus Perry (Purdue) (Dec 6-0)

Cons. Round 3 - Garrett Beier (Central Oklahoma) won by fall over Tommy Helton (SIUE) (Fall 2:09)

Gold Division (Open) 285

Colton McKiernan's place is 6th

Champ. Round 1 - Colton McKiernan (SIUE) won by fall over Jacob Bohlken (Missouri) (Fall 5:33)

Champ. Round 2 - Colton McKiernan (SIUE) won by decision over Garrett Beier (Central Oklahoma) (Dec 4-0)

Quarterfinal - Colton McKiernan (SIUE) won by fall over Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma) (Fall 6:23)

Semifinal - Brandon Reed (Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)) won by injury default over Colton McKiernan (SIUE) (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Round 4 - Logan Radik (Maryville) won by medical forfeit over Colton McKiernan (SIUE) (MFF)

5th Place Match - Jose Diaz (Missouri) won by medical forfeit over Colton McKiernan (SIUE) (MFF)