Lourdes posted an 11th place finish as a team on Saturday at the Missouri Valley Invitational as three Gray Wolf grapplers finished in the top eight in their respective weight classes.
Nick Henneman (Oregon, Ohio/Clay H.S.) finished fourth at 141 pounds while Noah Clary (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky H.S.) was sixth at 174 pounds. Garret Carter (Macedonia, Ohio/Saint Vincent-Saint Mary H.S.) played eighth in the 149-pound weight class.
I’m very proud of all three of our wrestlers that competed on day two of this grueling tournament,” head coach Dock Kelly III said afterwards. “Having three place winners is a tremendous accomplishment for us.”
The Gray Wolves scored 72.5 points as a team, just 18.5 behind 10th place Montana State-Northern and 15.5 ahead of 12th place Campbellsville in the field of 41 schools. Grand View was the team champion with 216 points while Lindsey Wilson finished runner-up with 162 points.
“Placing 11th as a team was a great showing for us,” Kelly added. “We still have a lot of work to do in order to get where we want to go, but I’m ecstatic that our hard work is beginning to pay dividends.”
Henneman, who began the day in the consolation draw, won his first bout via forfeit. He then won by decision 4-3 against Cumberland (Tenn.) and added a fall with 24 seconds remaining in his match against Menlo to advance to the third place contest. He dropped the third place match to Lindsey Wilson in a 6-3 decision.
Clary, who was in the main draw semifinals to begin the day, fell by major decision 11-0 to Grand View before yielding a pair of medical forfeits in the consolation draw to finish sixth.
Carter began his day in the consolation round, winning a 6-0 decision over Northwestern (Iowa). He then fell 5-2 to Lindsey Wilson, pushing him to the seventh place match which he dropped 7-6 to Menlo.
“We will do our best to rest and recover, and then begin our preparation for our home match on Wednesday,” Kelly concluded.
Lourdes returns home on Wednesday evening to face Defiance. The first bout is set for 7 p.m. inside the Franciscan Center Gymnasium.