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Gomez and Hadwan Make Finals of Alma Open

By MI Grappler, 01/26/18, 1:45PM EST


The Jayhawks traveled to Alma, Mich. on Saturday, January 20th to compete in the Alma Open. The Jayhawks knocked off their rust from Christmas Break and wrestled well. Sophomore Benny Gomez (Holt, MI/Holt HS) took first by beating Junior Liam Cronin of Indiana University 4-2 in the finals. Gomez is now the first Alma Open Champion for the Jayhawks. “Benny has been training hard and has wrestled well all season.” Head Coach James Tietema said. “With Freddie Rodriguez now coaching at Muskegon and pushing the pace of practice, I’m excited about what we can offer our student-athletes.” Benny had wins against NCAA Division I schools including the University of Michigan and the University of Indiana. “We take great pride in wrestling well against top competition and Benny did just that.” Added Coach Tietema.  

Sophomore Baker Hadwan (Dearborn, MI/Livonia Churchhill HS) also made the finals, but came up short of a title losing to Landon Pelham of Central Michigan in the finals. “I’m very proud of the effort Baker gave today. He hadn’t reached his full potential this year, but today he turned a corner and really got after it.” Coach Tietema added. “Baker is the best chain wrestler on our team, he can put together multiple attacks and score points. Today was the first time this year he attacked all seven minutes of his matches.” Baker also had big wins against Division I opponents including wins over Michael Maguire of Indiana by a pin in 4:21 and Aaron Bolo of Central Michigan by a decision of 3-1.

Other bright spots for the Jayhawks were Freshman Dren Bratrum (Greenville, MI/Greenville, HS) and Freshman Jojo Dowdell (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS). Dren Bratrum Finished 4th with quality wins over Nevan Freestone of Trine by a Tech Fall 18-2, Jacob Anderson of Alma College by pin in 1:25, and Jeff Andrews of Ohio Northern by a decision of 4-2. Jojo finished 5th and has now placed in 6 of 7 tournament for the Jayhawks. Jojo’s wins came against Richard Scroggins of Alma College by a pin in 6:02, Austin Rayburn of Heidelberg by a decision of 8-4, Brandon Garcia of Henry Ford College by a pin in 2:26, and Josh Cooper of Ancilla College by a pin in 1:23.

Other Jayhawks with wins this weekend were Freshman Sage Gonzales (Alma, MI/Alma HS) and Freshman Blake Ross (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-puffer HS). The Jayhawks will travel to River Grove, Ill. on Saturday, January 27th to compete in the Harper Open.   


Alma Open Results:
125 - Benny Gomez - 1st
Benny Gomez (MCC) over Clinton Wells (Trine) (TF 19-3)
Benny Gomez (MCC) over Jack Medley (Michigan) (Dec 3-2)
Benny Gomez (MCC) over Liam Cronin (Indiana) (Dec 4-2)

133 - Corey Robinson - DNP
Drew Marten (C. Michigan) over Corey Robinson (MCC) (Fall 1:52)
Marina Goocher (Michigan - Dearborn) over Corey Robinson (MCC) (Dec 11-9)

149 - Dren Bratrum - 4th
Alejandro Raya (Indiana) over Dren Bratrum (MCC) (Dec 13-9)
Dren Bratrum (MCC) over Jacob Anderson (Alma College) (Fall 1:25)
Dren Bratrum (MCC) over Jeff Andrews (Ohio Northern) (Dec 4-2)
Dren Bratrum (MCC) over Schuyler Caprella (Ohio Northern) (Inj.)
Alejandro Raya (Indiana) over Dren Bratrum (MCC) (Dec 10-4)

157 - Sage Gonzalez - DNP
Sage Gonzalez (MCC) over Frank Mercurio (Olivet) (SV-2 4-1)
Josh Cooper (Ancilla College) over Sage Gonzalez (MCC) (Fall 5:30)
Sage Gonzalez (MCC) over Zachary Jandereski (Alma College) (Maj 17-5)
Sage Gonzalez (MCC) over Anmar Al-Abolidi (Henry Ford College) (Dec 8-3)
Josh Cooper (Ancilla College) over Sage Gonzalez (MCC) (Fall 6:39)

157 - Jojo Dowell - 5th
Jojo Dowell (MCC) over Richard Scroggins (Alma College) (Fall 6:02)
Trevor Reed (Ohio Northern) over Jojo Dowell (MCC) (TF 20-2)
Jojo Dowell (MCC) over Austin Rayburn (Heidelberg) (Dec 8-4)
Jojo Dowell (MCC) over Brandon Garcia (Henry Ford College) (Fall 2:26)
Alex Kowal (Ohio Northern) over Jojo Dowell (MCC) (TF 18-3)
Jojo Dowell (MCC) over Josh Cooper (Ancilla College) (Fall 1:23)

165 - Blake Ross – DNP
Kolin Leyrer (E. Michigan) over Blake Ross (MCC) (Dec 8-1)
Blake Ross (MCC) over Erik Arnegard (Alma College) (Dec 6-0)
Jerrod Mullins (Mott CC) over Blake Ross (MCC) (TF 18-2)

174 - Ronnell McGhee - DNP
Nick Miller (Trine University) over Ronnell McGhee (MCC) (Dec 3-1)
Kamyab Kamali (Olivet) over Ronnell McGhee (MCC) (Fall 2:20)

197 - Baker Hadwan - 2nd
Baker Hadwan (MCC) over Cordell Camp (Trine) (TF 19-4)
Baker Hadwan (MCC) over Michael Maguire (Indiana) (Fall 4:21)
Baker Hadwan (MCC) over Aaron Bolo (Central Michigan) (Dec 3-1)
Landon Pelham (Central Michigan) over Baker Hadwan (MCC) (Maj 10-1)

285 - Brock Johnson - DNP
Youseff El-Sayed (Olivet) over Brock Johnson (MCC) (Fall 0:32)
Ethan Simmons (Trine University) over Brock Johnson (MCC) (Fall 2:41)