Statesmen Grapple at Augsburg Tourney

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Minneapolis, Minn.–The William Penn wrestling team faced off against the largest field it will see all year as it competed in the Augsburg Auggie-Adidas Invitational Saturday.

Nearly 300 wrestlers hit the mats in the Gold, Silver, or Bronze divisions.

A handful of Statesmen found some success, led by Dennis Simmons (Jr., Tucson, Ariz., Sociology) going 2-2 in the 149-pound Gold bracket. The junior won once by fall and once more by major decision.

Austinn Goin (Sr., Belton, Mo., Exercise Science) matched Simmons by going 2-2 at Gold’s 174-pound weight class. Both individuals reached the consolation final.

Also in Gold competition, 157-pounder Ben Freese (Jr., Winterset, Iowa, General Accounting) won once by fall and 133-pounder Darquell Pierre (Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., Sociology) claimed one victory.

Gilberto Rodriguez (Sr., Manassas, Va.) earned a pin in the Silver 141-pound weight class as well.

Next Up: William Penn takes Thanksgiving week off, returning to action on Wednesday, November 28 to host Missouri Valley in a Heart of America Athletic Conference dual at 7 p.m.

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