The Newman University Jets made the most of their trip south to the SWC Open hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas. The 2nd year NAIA program looks to be growing strong under head coach Mark Stovall placing 15 wrestlers with 6 champions. This allowed them to easily take the team race with 78 points. Kansas State University, led by 133lb champion Sean Cillessen, placed 2nd in teams points with 28 points with 4 wrestlers placing.
This program will definitely be a contender for the conference title in February. Tarrant County College had a successful NCWA debut, placing 3rd with 22 team points. The team was led by 197lb champion and the tournaments Outstanding Wrestler Beau Hohmann, who pinned his way through the tournament. Gabriel Reyes took the 141lb championship and Marcus Collins placed 4th at 149lbs. This is an impressive achievement for the 1st year program.
The University of Colorado placed 5 wrestlers taking 4th in team points with 21 points. Colorado coach Steve Hart stated that he is very excited about the direction his program is taking both in the number of wrestlers coming out and in the support the program is receiving from the university. Colorado will be another team that should be at the top of the list for the conference title in February. Led by veteran 285lb champion Ivan Pinney,
Texas Tech University placed 5th with 12 team points. While it is a young team this year, Coach Chris Lemaire should have this ready to compete in February. Texas A & M University placed 6 wrestlers and looks to be an up and coming program. Tulane University was represented by 133lb Lance Nicoll, who placed 3rd. Rounding out the tournament were the University of Kansas, TCU, and the host University of Texas at Dallas.
The NCWA Southwest conference looks to be growing in number of athletes in all of its schools which should make for a very competitive conference tournament in February. The 1st annual SWC Open had a total of 65 entries from 10 schools. We look forward to a bigger, better tournament next year.
SWC Open Final Results
1st-Michael Copeland(NU) Default Isaac Wall(NU)
3rd-Zach Shiffer(Colo) Fall 3:26 Matt McCabe(TAMU)
1st-Sean Cillessen(K-State) 8-5 Cody Duffendack(NU)
3rd-Lance Nicoll(Tulane) 9-6 Darren Legge(COLO)
1st-Gabriel Reyes(TCC) 4-2 Eric Arveson(NU)
3rd-Ryan Scollard(COLO) 18-8 Dylan Sheppard(UTD)
1st-Kris Luna(NU) 7-5 Kyle Cline(NU)
3rd-Chad VanRoden 3-1 Marcus Collins(TCC)
1st-Brad Lies(NU) 14-1 Jake Johnston(NU)
3rd-Ryan Parsons(K-State) Fall 3:39 Jonathon McMahon(Texas Tech)
1st-Curtis Chenoweth(NU) 9-0 Lucas Weller(K-State)
3rd-Jesse Smith(NU) 8-1 Shaun Shaikh(Texas A&M)
1st-J.D. Johnson(NU) Fall 3:37 Nathan Brenner(NU)
3rd-Cole Caylor(NU) 8-2 Brandon Numrich(KU)
1st-Tyler Davis(NU) Fall 3:57 Zach McGill(K-State)
3rd-Grant Reichert(K-State) 10-0 David Brucker(Texas A&M)
1st-Beau Hohmann(TCC) Fall 1:28 Ben Hedman(COLO)
3rd-Florian Temengil(NU) 11-2 Dan Divine(Texas A&M)
1st-Ivan Pinney(Texas Tech) Forf Tommy Morton(Texas Tech)
3rd-Nick Sweet(TAMU) Fall 2:57 Joey Savage(TAMU)
1. Newman University 78
2. Kansas State 28
3. Tarrant County College 22
4. University of Colorado 21
5. Texas Tech 12