Cloud County Wrestling Team Makes Strong Showing in Season Debut
Getting their 2021-22 campaign finally underway, the Cloud County Community College wrestling team would be put together a strong showing with 30 wins from 12 wrestlers at the 2021 Grand View University Open at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Saturday, November 13th.
With the 12 wrestlers representing nine of 10 possible weight classes, it would be a day for the 197-pound wrestlers of defending NJCAA National Champion Zach Ferris and freshman Ibrahim Ameer as the duo would combine for seven wins with Ferris finishing as runner-up in the championship bracket. Ferris would open his day with a first-period fall of Dalton Collins of Cowley before surviving a match against Massoma Endene of Iowa Lakes 7-5 in the first sudden-victory period to move into the quarterfinal round. Picking up a 9-2 decision over Jake Viloria of Triton College, Ferris would then be pushed to the first tie-breaker period against Trevion Sample of Iowa Central while earning a 2-1 win to remain undefeated in his collegiate career and move to the championship round. In the championship match, Ferris would face his first non-NJCAA wrestler of his career in John Gunderson of NCAA Division I Northern Iowa where he would suffer a defeat in 2:03 with a fall.
Ameer would have a strong debut by earning a 17-2 technical fall of Andrew Wolf (Simpson College) in his opening match before winning 7-1 over Christian Brinkley to make the quarterfinal round. Suffering a defeat in 3:51 to Adam Ahrendson of Northern Iowa, Ameer would move to the consolation bracket where he would earn an injury default of the University of Missouri's Jonathon Wertz before falling one round shy of the medal rounds with a 4-3 decision defeat to Endene of Iowa Lakes.
Another strong debut for the T-Birds would come at the 133-pound weight class from Bray Skinner as the freshman would drop his opening match to Sam Hrabovsky of Iowa State before earning a fall over Edwin Johnson of Waldorf in 3:43 and Hayden Ferrell of Missouri Valley College in 2:22. A third fall for Skinner would come in 3:52 over Brogan Rutz of Missouri Valley College before ending his day with a loss to his second Iowa State wrestler in Damon Huston.
Returners Joel Ostrom (149 pounds), Jonny Crome (157 pounds), and Micah Sterling (184 pounds) would all earn at least three wins on the day as Ostrom would bounce back from an opening 7-3 defeat to Ricky Hegdus of Marion University to win four straight matches with three falls. After a fall at 2:48 over Dontario Norwood of Iowa Lakes, Ostrom would go on to earn a fall in 1:56 over Dillon Henry of Benedictine University and then at the 3:35 mark of his match with Cade Wathke of Labette. Another conference foe in Dawson Chavez would be up next for Ostrom as the Burwell, Nebraska native would earn a 3-2 decision win before falling to Nathan Lendt of Ellsworth CC.
For Crome, four wins in the first five matches of the day would come with a 17-0 technical fall of Adam Jockusch (Benedictine University) before losing to Nolan Miller-Johns of Iowa Central. Bouncing back with a 2-1 decision over Josh Licking of Nebraska, Crome would earn a fall over Hugo Perez (Missouri Valley College) in 2:52 and a medical forfeit win over Breckin Sperling before ending his day with a loss to Ben Monroe of Iowa State.
Sterling would split his first two matches of the day, earning a fall over Terungwa Unongo of Doane University to open the day before losing a 6-5 decision to Gabe Chesbro of Saint Mary's University to be sent to the consolation bracket. Earning a fall over Alizae Mejia of Iowa Western and a 10-4 decision over Trevor Sagness of Northwestern College (Iowa), Sterling would drop another one-point decision by a score of 5-4 to John Schutter of Graceland University to finish the day 3-2.
A trio of T-Bird wrestlers in Sajen Kemling (125 pounds), Kaleb Talkington (141 pounds), and Emanuel Munoz Alcala (285 pounds) would all finish the day with a pair of victories in four matches, with Talkington earning a pair of wins in the championship side of the bracket. The Belleville, Kansas native would start his day with a 6-2 decision over Michael Archer of Triton College and fall at the 4:43 mark over Jack O'Neil of Texas Wesleyan before losing for the first time to Jacob Quest of Saint Mary's. Needing a win to stay alive, Talkington would fall by a score of 9-4 to Ryan Graves of Ellsworth to finish his first collegiate meet.
Concordia native Kemling would drop an 8-6 decision in his opening match of the day to Sheldon Rader of Central Missouri before bouncing back with a major decision over Sean Inswasty of William Penn and a fall over Jacob Pierick of Northwestern College (Iowa). Iowa Western's Connor Attkisson would end Kemling's day with an 8-3 decision as both losses would come by five or fewer points.
Munoz Alcala would drop his opening match of the day by a score of 5-2 to Jacob Rahn of Iowa Lakes before bouncing back with an 8-1 decision over Wyatt Wells of Labette and 7-0 Decision over David Huckstep of Labette. Facing off against Braydon Erb of Indiana Tech, Munoz Alcala would lose another decision match by a score of 9-5 to finish the day 2-2 overall.
CCCC would also get wins from Michael Barfuss at 141 pounds (Hector Diaz – William Penn, 18-8 Major Decision), Brandon Rohr at 174 pounds (Shaun Gates – Hannibal-LaGrange, 12-1 Major Decision), and Quinton Beeson at 285 pounds (Kevin Wingate – Triton, 4-2 Decision) as all three would finish the day 1-2 overall.
Cloud County will look to build off Saturday's start to the season next weekend when they make the long haul to St. Charles, Missouri to take part in the Lindenwood University Open. The open meet will be a homecoming for first-year head coach Julian Smith who grew up less than 15 miles from the Lindenwood campus.