Mavericks’ O’Fallon Finishes Second at the Central College Under Armour Invitational

PELLA, Iowa- Nine Minnesota State University wrestlers took part in the Central College Under Armour Invitational Saturday in Iowa.

Chaydon O’Fallon (Jr., 197 lbs.) wrestled his was to a second place finish in Iowa. O’Fallon won his first two matches of the day to earn a place in the championship match at the 197 pound weight class. O’Fallon won his first match by shutting out Jayce Frank (Morningside) by a score of 10-0, earning a major decision. In the Semifinal match O’Fallon won a 4-2 decision over Luke Erickson (North Iowa Community College). O’Fallon lost in the finals by a decision to Matt Seabold (Central (Iowa)). This is O’Fallon’s second runner-up finish of the season after placing second at the Augsburg Open in November.

manklogo Two wrestlers for Minnesota State finished with identical records of 3-2, barely missing out on podium finishes. Dakota Welsh (So., 133 lbs.) and Gage Thom (R-Fr., 184) both fell in the consolation semifinal match that would have secured them a position in the 3rd place match.

Welsh dropped his first match of the day and wrestled back to the consolation semifinal by securing three consecutive wins. Welsh’s three victories came as a result of a fall in 4:27 over Josiah Lunceford (Truman), a win by injury default against Tommy Rios (William Penn), and slighted Jeremy Andujar (William Penn) by a 3-2 decision.

Thom had a quick start in Iowa, winning his first match by fall in 6:32 over Caleb Deemer (Morningside). Thom’s second match result placed him in the consolation bracket where he won his next two matches defeating Nick Wise (William Penn) by injury default and winning a decision victory over Austin Hawes (Hannibal-LaGrange) by a score of 8-6.

Central College Under Armour Invitational Results

The full Maverick wrestling squad will be back in action on Wednesday, January 11 when they face Saint John’s in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Central College Under Armour Invitational
Dakota Welsh (So., 133 lbs.) (3-2)
Trenton McManus (Fr., 133 lbs.)(Unattached) (1-2)
Tony Heng (Fr., 141 lbs.)(Unattached) (1-2)
Etienne Kinney (Fr., 157 lbs.)(Unattached) (0-2)
Neil Clement (Fr., 157 lbs.)(Unattached) (1-2)
Brad Mass (Sr., 165 lbs.) (2-2)
Derek Herman (Fr., 174 lbs.)(Unattached) (2-2)
Gage Thom (R-Fr., 184) (3-2)
Chaydon O’Fallon (Jr., 197 lbs.) (2-1)

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