William Penn University
MARSHALL, Mo. —
Joao Vicente cruised to the championship match and then won his third title the unconventional way at the Missouri Valley Invitational Saturday.
As a team, the Statesmen placed seventh with 73.5 points, while NCAA Division II Maryville (Mo.) won the trophy with 163 points.
Vicente picked up back-to-back falls to reach the semifinals at 133 pounds. He then won another match to earn his fourth finals appearance of the season. He did not get a chance to ‘earn’ his third gold as Maryville’s Terrel McKinney was unable to compete and the freshman won by injury default.
197-pounder Kyle Soderblom matched Vicente by reaching the finals. The sophomore slipped by his first two foes, but could not finish off the run in falling 11-4 to Matthew Baker of Maryville in the championship match.
Although he did not ‘medal’ in the top three, Nathan Veverka may have had the most impressive day by going 4-2 at heavyweight. The junior won all four of his matches by fall to place fourth overall.
Ishmael Rempson was only a win away from placing as well, going 2-2 at 157 pounds, while 174-pounder Joe Sumne pinned a pair of opponents. Christian Padilla also had his hand raised once in victory.
William Penn hosts Grand View in dual-meet action Tuesday at 7 p.m.