Jan. 30, 2010 – Three Bulldog wrestlers, including Loyde Braidlow’s fourth place finish, highlighted the Truman Wrestling team’s competition at the Pete Wilson/Wheaton College (Ill.) Invitational on Saturday.
Braidlow, seeded fifth in the 285-pound weight class, picked up two one-point victories in his first matches of the day as he won 2-1 and then 4-3 over fourth ranked Adam Sutter of LakelandCollege.He was then defeated by a major decision to the top seeded wrestler in the bracket in the semi-finals.
In the wrestleback semis, Braidlow won 4-2 but in a rematch with Sutter in the third place bout, Braidlow was edged 2-1.
Ryan Banning (133) picked up the most wins on the day for a Bulldog with five and took seventh place in his weight class.Banning was pinned in his second match of the day but reeled off three straight wins before falling to #2 Ethan Harris (Indianapolis).Banning won the seventh place match with a 10-4 decision over Ross George (UW-Platteville).
Alex Maus (149) also got a hot streak going after a tough opening draw.Maus had to face top seeded Craig Becker (UW-Parkside) in his first match of the day.Becker was an All-American last season while finishing fourth in the nation and is the defending regional champion.
Maus lost by major to Becker but then won his next four matches with three by fall.He was defeated in the wrestlback quarters 4-3 and lost in the seventh place match to finish 4-3 on the day and eighth overall.
Dean Schultz (174), Chad Kurvoski (184) and Zach Hayes (197) each went 2-2 on the day as well.
Truman finished 15th out of 30 teams at the tournament.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday night when they host Newman (Kan.) Univerisity at 7:00 p.m. in Pershing Arena.