Lourdes posted a fourth place finish as a team on Saturday at the Sooner Athletic Conference Championships, with three Gray Wolf grapplers posting top-three individual finishes inside of the Laney Center in Plainview, Texas.
The Gray Wolves scored 94.5 points on the day, just five shy of third place, and tournament host, Wayland Baptist. Indiana Tech took home the title with 174.5 point while Oklahoma City was second with 134 points. Central Christian was fifth (38.5) and Rochester (Mich.) finished sixth (25.5).
“This was a grueling qualifying tournament, but I am so proud of the way that they all battled through the adversity,” head coach Dock Kelly III said afterwards. “We didn’t wrestle up to our full potential today, but we found a way to grind out wins and qualify multiple guys for the national tournament.
Nick Henneman (Oregon, Ohio/Clay H.S.) earned a runner-up finish for the Gray Wolves at 141 pounds. After receiving an opening round bye, he scored a pin over Rochester at the 1:19 mark of his semifinal match. In the championship bout, he suffered an injury default, but bounced back in the second play match to score a tech fall against Central Christian.
Ray Porter (Hudson, Mich./Hudson H.S.) placed third in the 125-pound weight class. After dropping his first bout, he earned a tech fall followed by a fall in the third place match.
Alec Moore-Nash (Price Hill, Ohio/Elder H.S.) also found the podium with a third place finish at 285 pounds. He posted three falls on the afternoon, one in the quarterfinals, another in the consolation semifinals, and a third in the third place match.
Tyler Roberts (Hudson, Mich./Hudson H.S.), Garrett Carter (Macedonia, Ohio/Saint Vincent-Saint Mary H.S.), and Noah Clary (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky H.S.) all finished fourth at 133, 149, and 174 pounds respectively. Roberts posted a fall and a major decision while Carter won via a pair of decisions. Clary earned wins by fall and decision.
Garrett Anderson (Oregon, Ohio/Clay H.S.) finished fifth at 149 pounds after falling to his teammate Carter. He won his fifth place match via fall, his second of the afternoon.
Lourdes will now prepare for the NAIA National Championships, which will take place March 1-2 at the Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The list of 2019 national qualifiers will be released on Tuesday evening.