INDIANAPOLIS — Minnesota State University Moorhead senior Adam Blees took second in the 174-pound weight class at the 40th Midwest Classic on Sunday while sophomore Cole Jones took fifth at 125-pounds.
Blees started his day in the semifinals, and won a 2-0 decision over Nathan Vandermeer of Findlay to advance to the championship match against NSIC foe Phillip Springsteen from the University of Mary, where Blees lost a close 3-0 decision to place second, the highest finisher the Dragons have ever had at the tournament.
Jones had a tough route to fifth place, starting his day off in the consolation round. His first opponent was No. 8 in the nation Eric Bartos from Mercyhurst, whom Jones defeated 9-4. His next match saw him take on the No. 5 ranked wrestler in the nation Marcus Povlick, where Jones won a 5-1 decision. He lost in the consolation semifinals to Tyler Kreith of Maryville University and took the fifth-place match via medical forfeit.
As a team the Dragons finished 17 out of 38 teams with 44.0 points.
The Dragons will next be in action on Jan. 4 when they face San Francisco State in a nonconference dual before competing at the Menlo (CA) Invitational the next day.
MSU-Moorhead Day Two Results:
Cole Jones dec. Eric Bartos (Mercyhurst) 9-4
Cole Jones dec. Marcus Povlick (McKendree) 5-1
Tyler Kreith (Maryville) SV-2 Cole Jones 7-5
Cole Jones med. FF Blake Glogouski (Lake Erie College)
Adam Blees dec. Nathan Vandermeer (Findlay) 2-0
Phillip Springsteen (Mary) dec. Adam Blees 3-0