Sophomore Adam Joseph within reach of third place finish at NAIA National Championships

By on Mar. 2, 2012 in Wrestling

After second day, sophomore Adam Joseph within reach of third place finish at NAIA National Championships

At the close of the second day of action on Friday, Mar. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships, Concordia University (Neb.) sophomore Adam Joseph (Hastings, Neb.) is just two wins away from a third place finish in the 133-pound weight class.

Joseph began the day with an 8-5 loss in the quarterfinals to  8-5  Lindsey Wilson's Keith Klink. Undaunted, Joseph battled back to earn decisions over Brian Bitney of Missouri Valley, 11-4 and Menlo's Angel Garcia, 4-2.

Following his two victories in the consolation bracket, Joseph can advance to the third place match with a win over Tim Thurston (CBSV) on Saturday, Mar. 3.

Sophomore Dillon Heesch (Dayton, Iowa) went down by pinfall to Oklahoma City's Mike Brown at the 3:30 mark in the quarterfinals and dropped a consolation match to Leviticus Roberson of Midland by pinfall as well.

The toughest loss of the afternoon  was the 13-12 decision suffered by freshman Rio Rancho, N.M.)  in the 141-pound weight class.  Williams just missed overcoming Chris Teague of Campbellsville in the closing moments of the match.  Williams earned a consolation victory over Tommy Pretty of Campbellsville, via pin at the 6:44 mark.  However, was eliminated by Lindsey Wilson's DaMonte Riley in the ensuing consolation round.

Senior Julian Silva (Covina, Calif.) posted three victories in the 197-pound consolation bracket before finally succombing to Northwestern's Nic Leither via pinfall.  Silva began the day by out muscling Manuel Rocha of Wayland Baptist, 5-1.  Later he bested Central Baptist's John Lopez, by a 3-0 score, then defeated Courtney Freeman of Cumberlands, 12-8.

NAIA Wrestling National Championships Results for Concordia, Friday, March 2

133 - Adam Joseph
Quarterfinal - Keith Klink (Lindsey Wilson) won by decision over Adam Joseph (Concordia) (Dec 8-5)

Cons. Round 6 - Adam Joseph (Concordia) won by decision over Brian Bitney (Missouri Valley) (Dec 11-4)

Cons. Round 7 - Adam Joseph (Concordia) won by decision over Angel Garcia (Menlo) (Dec 4-2)

141 - Jacob Williams
Quarterfinal - Chris Teague (Campbellsville) won by decision over Jacob Williams (Concordia) (Dec 13-12)
Cons. Round 6 - Jacob Williams (Concordia) won by pin over Tommy Pretty (Campbellsville) (Pin 6:44)
Cons. Round 7 - DaMonte Riley (Lindsey Wilson) won by pin over Jacob Williams (Concordia) (Pin 2:11)

149 - Brandon Starkey
Cons. Round 4 - Mike Vassar (Great Falls) won by tech fall over Brandon Starkey (Concordia) (TF 18-3)

197 - Julian Silva
Cons. Round 2 - Julian Silva (Concordia) won by decision over Manuel Rocha (Wayland Baptist) (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Julian Silva (Concordia) won by decision over John Lopez (Central Baptist) (Dec 3-0)
Cons. Round 4 - Julian Silva (Concordia) won by decision over Courtney Freeman (Cumberlands) (Dec 12-8)
Cons. Round 5 - Nic Leither (Northwestern) won by pin over Julian Silva (Concordia) (Pin 2:54)

285 - Dillon Heesch
Quarterfinal - Mike Brown (Oklahoma City) won by pin over Dillon Heesch (Concordia) (Pin 3:30)

Cons. Round 4 - Leviticus Roberson (Midland) won by pin over Dillon Heesch (Concordia) (Pin 6:46)