ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Maryville University hosted the 2012 Kaufman-Brand Open on Saturday, Dec. 1, that featured NCAA Division I and II plus some of the best NAIA institutions. King College placed four wrestlers in their respective weight classes, led by sophomore Collin Crume who placed fourth overall at 133 pounds.
Collin Crume's path to a fourth place finish included four pins in seven bouts that he competed in on Saturday. The Mishawaka, Ind. native began the day with a fall over Blaine Shinn (unattached, Missouri Baptist) in just 51 seconds before enduring his first loss of the day. After falling into the consolation bracket, Crume went on a run of four straight wins, three by pin. He pinned Robert Lewis (unattached, Ouchita University) in 54 seconds and defeated Michael Caldwell (Lindenwood), 7-2, before pinning A.J. Gassman (Baker University). He fought his way back for a chance to medal in the top-3 by pinning Cole Baumgartner (unattached, Missouri) to match up against Austin Roper (unattached, Missouri) in the third place bout. Crume lost by major decision (12-1) to Roper but was awarded a fourth place finish in the 133 pound bracket.
Two addition King wrestlers placed at the open tournament. Nic Stella (Sweet Home, N.Y.) placed seventh in the 149-pound division, finishing 4-2 on the day. His lone pin in his final bout secured him seventh place, recording the fall in 34 seconds of Dylan Coppenbarger (unattached, Baker). The senior won his first two matches, both by sudden victory, and earned his chance to place with a close 3-2 decision over Joe DuCharme (Iowa).
Freshman John Jones (Alabaster, Ala.) was the final King wrestler to place at the open, also finishing seventh. He split his first two decisions in the 157-pound class and recorded his lone pin once dropping into the consolation bracket. He earned the seventh place finish when Derek Geiges (unattached, Oklahoma) withdrew from the bout due to injury.
Senior Dyvon Passmore (Miami, Fla.) finished with a winning record with a 3-2 mark at 174 pounds, placing eighth at the open. Freshman Andrew Lutterloh (Alexandria, Va.) also finished 3-2 in the heavyweight division, also racking up two pins against opponents.
King will participate in one more open tournament before engaging in its first team dual meet of the season. The Tornado will compete at the UNI Open, hosted by Northern Iowa University (Cedar Falls, Iowa), on Dec. 8. They will then host East Tennessee State University in a home dual at the Student Center Complex on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. before breaking for the holidays.