Menlo College at, NAIA Championships
Date of competition: Friday, March 6, 2020
Riley Siason (125), Blaysen Terukina (133), Devin Everk (149) and defending champ Anthony Orozco (184) ended the first day of the NAIA Men's Wrestling National Championships undefeated Friday in Park City, Kansas.
The foursome, along with Jacob Mendoza (125), also clinched All-American status as fifth-ranked Menlo College ended the day in fourth place.
Mendoza earned his All-American status going 3-1 after losing his first match of the day to the top wrestler in the nation at his weight class.
Siason entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed after dropping his Cascade Collegiate Conference finals match two weeks ago. The junior is trending in the right direction, going 2-0 on Friday, including a decision win over No. 11 seed Jordan Martinez.
Terukina knocked off the No.1 wrestler in his weight class last week and he's picked up right where he left off. Terukina won a trio of decisions, including one over No. 12 Drake Foster of Oklahoma City.
Everk finished second at the conference meet and entered the NAIA championships as the No. 5 seed. After a first round bye he won a p[air of decisions, 6-4 and 5-2.
Orozco has been the top-ranked wrestler since winning the national title last season. Orozco received a first round bye then won twice. His first win was a 10-3 decision and he punched his ticket to the semifinal with a 14-3 major decision over No. 8 Eric Vermillion of Indiana Tech. Orozco is set to take on No. 5 Kendrick Jones of Grand View on Saturday morning.
posted by Rick on Mar 7, 2020 at 1:42 am
Menlo College's Blaysen Terukina. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
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