Lindsborg, Kan. - The Bethany wrestling team claimed a sweep in their dual series between Kansas Wesleyan with a dominant showing on the scoreboard tonight defeating the Coyotes 45-12.
It was a quick night for the Swedes as KWU only had four wrestlers competing in the dual. The first two weight classes featured sophomore, Taylor Holman, and freshman, Trey Edwards receiving wins over open Coyote weight classes giving Bethany a 12-0 lead.
The first match of the night was the 141 pound weight class. Bethany's junior, Vance Lipsey, wrestled KWU's Taylor Moeder. Lipsey struggled in the match with Moeder winning by pin in the first period cutting Bethany's lead to 12-6.
Swedes battled back in their next match when 149 pound freshman, Caysen Smith, took on Madison Leanio. Smith had his way in the match while eventually fighting to pin Leanio in the third. Smith added six more on to the Swedes' lead with this victory.
The most exciting match of the night happened in the 157 pound weight class where junior, Brandon Lawson-Archuleta, competed against Devin Conklin. Archuleta had a 6-4 lead in the second when a stalling call cut his lead to one, but clinched the match with a late reversal in the third resulting in a 8-5 win and tacking on three more team points.
Swedes' sophomore, Nicolas Desch, and freshman, Zachary Gadbois, picked up the next two wins for Bethany against open weight classes for KWU. The 12 team points created a 33-6 for the Swedes heading into the last match of the night.
Bethany's sophomore, Carlos Martinez, finished the night against the Coyotes, Tanner O'Donnell. O'Donnell took a quick lead and finished the match pinning Martinez. The Swedes' would add another 12 team points in the final two weight classes with sophomore, Joseph Steve, and sophomore, Andy Tope, notching wins over two more open weight classes by the Coyotes.
The 45-12 victory over Kansas Wesleyan gave the Swedes' wrestling team a sweep for the year in the Pasta Bowl Challenge and the wrestling portion of the Smoky Hill Showdown.
UP NEXT. . .
Next up the Swedes travel to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO for the MIssouri Valley College Open. This tournament takes place on Saturday, February 3rd at 9 a.m.