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DES MOINES, Iowa—Southeastern University had a pair of wrestlers claim All-America honors during the first day of competition at the NAIA National Championships.
Junior Ethan Owen and sophomore Jason Davis will battle tomorrow in placement matches.
“Those guys wrestled hard, they showed how tough they are by coming back and winning their Round of 12 match,” said coach Javier Maldonado. ”
Owen earned All-America accolades for the second year in a row, advancing to the quarterfinals with a second period pin, and picked up a 9-2 decision in his blood round match.
“There’s always a little bit of pressure in the back of your head (being a returning All-American), but my motto this tournament has been to have fun,” said Owen. “I’ve put in too much work to come here and be nervous, so I decided to just have fun and wrestle.”
Seventh-seeded Owen will face 10th-seeded Jaedin Sklapsky of Campbellsville in his first match Saturday.
In his first nationals appearance, Davis earned a spot on the podium with three wins over seeded wrestlers. An 8-2 decision over fifth-ranked Riley Jaramillo and a 7-2 decision over 12th-ranked Josue Hill put Davis in the quarterfinal. A loss to the fourth-ranked wrestler sent him to the blood round where he was a 10-2 winner over 10th-ranked John Oliveri of Cumberland.
“It gives me a big push facing people who are better than me on paper,” said Davis. “I stuck to my technique and the things the coaches would always go over in practice and focus on my fundamentals.”
Davis will face eighth-seeded Brooks Climmons of Brewton-Parker, whom Davis beat in a dual match last month.
Jake Watters battled back to win a pair of consolation round matches, but was eliminated with a 3-1 loss to eighth-seeded Robert Humphrey.
Dylan Chatterton got off to a strong start with a 16-14 win in the first round, but an injury during the first period of his second round match hampered him the rest of the day. In the first period of his consolation round match, Chatterton bowed out by injury default.
Jaaziel Santana battled hard against third-seeded Keegan Hessler, who used a third period push to tally a 7-1 decision. Santana was eliminated in the consolation round with a third-period fall to Lucas Nelson of Brewton-Parker.
Kyle Kirkham went 0-2, coming up a point short in both of his matches at 165.
At 197, Luis Peguero lost in sudden victory to 10th-seeded Tanner Fischer of Southern Oregon, then dropped his consolation bracket match to Northwestern’s D’rell Gist 3-2.