Cloud County's Cooper Mosier, Zach Ferris Lead Cloud County Wrestling at Lindenwood University Open
Led by fifth-place finishes from returners Cooper Mosier and Zach Ferris, the Cloud County Community College wrestling team would account for 19 wins including 10 wins by fall at the 2021 Lindenwood University Open inside Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Missouri on Saturday, November 20th.
As a team, nine wrestlers would record wins on the day in a meet that would feature a total of 30 teams across NCAA Division I, II, III, the NAIA, and the NJCAA. Both Mosier (165 pounds) and Ferris (197 pounds) would finish with four wins each and started the day with three wins apiece before falling back to the fifth-place match where they would pick up their final victories of the day.
For Mosier, the Towanda, PA native would get his day started with a fall over Rawley Mueller of Central Methodist in the second period at the 3:48 mark of the match before getting a 22-5 technical fall over Jeivan Ross who wrestled unattached as part of Calumet College of St. Joseph. Mosier would then earn a 10-5 decision over Richard Mack of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before falling to Will Kuster of Drury University in the semifinal match. The consolation bracket match to wrestle for third would come against Cole Ritter of Maryville University who would also hand Mosier a defeat before the NJCAA number-seven ranked wrestler would bounce back with a 16-6 major decision win over Donald Griffin of Lindenwood University to end his day.
Ferris would also get his day off to a quick start, earning a first-period fall over Cole Allen of Hannibal-LaGrange College at the 1:21 mark before picking up a 6-0 decision win over Sean Gillespie of the Liberty University Club Team. Battling against NJCAA number-five ranked Seth Sarasua of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Ferris would earn a 9-4 decision to move into the semifinals where he would fall to 7-1 to Chase Stegall of Maryville University for just his second collegiate loss. Taking a medical forfeit loss in the consolation bracket against Josiah Murphy of the Liberty University Club Team, Ferris would then earn a medical forfeit victory in the fifth-place match against Joseph Braunagel who wrestled unattached as part of the University of Illinois.
Just missing out on a fifth-place finish on Saturday would be unattached wrestler Emanuel Munoz Alcala, who finished with a pair of victories in five matches to finish sixth in the 285-pound weight class. Both wins would come by fall as the Greeley, Colorado native earned a fall in 2:37 over Riley Hollis of Labette before dropping a 7-3 decision to Ryan Skillington of Maryville University. Picking up a third-period fall over Kaleb Bryant of Lindenwood University, Munoz Alcala would then have two medical forfeits to end his day with a sixth-place finish.
CCCC would also see freshman Kaleb Talkington earn multiple wins on Saturday, picking up three-first-period falls while falling a win shy of the consolation championship match. Wins for Talkington would come at 55 seconds over Jean Guerrero of Morton College along with a 1:46 fall over Riley Egner of Carl Albert State College and a 53-second fall over Paul Pollard of Drury University.
The final T-Bird wrestler to pick up multiple victories would be 157-pound wrestler Kase Givens who would bounce back from an opening match loss to Gabe Johnson of Central Oklahoma with a 14-second fall over David Madriz-Chavez of Calumet College of St. Joseph and a 19-3 technical fall over Jack Smith of Indian Hills. In his final match of the day, Givens would be defeated by Ryan Haynes of McKendree University in a match that would have sent the freshman to the consolation finals match.
Other wins for Cloud County would see 125-pound wrestler Sajen Kemling pick up a second-period fall over Finnegan Dame of Missouri Valley College (3:47), Joel Ostrom with a 9-3 decision over Brad Mahoney of Avila University, Jonny Crome earning a second-period fall over teammate Kyler Welling, and Brandon Rohr defeating Damari Kellie of Indian Hills with a fall at 6:33.
CCCC will take a week off before returning to action for their first of three wrestling dates in December when they travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico to take part in the New Mexico Highlands Open. NMHU is coached by former T-Bird head coach Cody Cole, who led Cloud County for their first four years of competition as a program.