Desert Duals Notes

  • #4 Adam Johnson (North Central), last year’s 3rd place finisher at 133, knocked off defending national champion #1 Dave Morgan of King’s 4-3 in Las Vegas yesterday. This could cause a shakeup in the rankings, as Morgan was ranked first, but Johnson has an earlier loss to Wartburg’s #3 Jake Helvey. Johnson also defeated #9 Gannon Hjerleid of Coe yesterday.
  • #2 Gabe Youel of North Central defeated #5 Jay Figgins of Loras 4-3 and #10 Greg Lalla of Coe on his way to an undefeated day. #1 Romeo Djoumessi did not compete, but North Central and Wartburg didn’t wrestle, so there was no chance for Youel to avenge his loss to Djoumessi in the Dick Walker finals a few weeks ago.
  • At 285, Elmhurst got its only win against Wartburg in a 39-3 match. However, it was a big one as freshman Mark Coresello deafeated the #3 ranked Brian Borchers in a close one, 5-4. Borchers had previously won three tournaments and finished 2nd in the tough Harold Nichols Open.