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      Truman State Wrestling closes season at regionals

      Seniors Ryan Maus and Colton Schmitz had their Bulldog Wrestling careers come to a close this weekend at the NCAA Division II Super Regional. Maus and Schmitz, along with the other eight Bulldog wrestlers, did not advance to the national championship meet. Schmitz avenged an earlier defeat at the hands of Fort Hays State's Mitchell Means by a 6-2 score in the first round but was sent into the wrestlebacks following a 4-2 decision loss at the hands of eighth-ranked Bobby Williams of Ouachita Baptist (Ark.).

      Schmitz bounced back with a fall win over Brennan Johnson from Central Missouri to set up a rematch with Lindenwood's Derrick Weller. The two met at the MIAA Championships two weeks ago with Lindenwood's junior defeating Schmitz 3-1 and then edged out Schmitz 6-5 in the consolation quarterfinals to finish fourth in the tournament and a spot at nationals. The storied career came to an end of All-American Ryan Maus when he was defeated twice on Friday. Maus lost in his first match 9-5 to Augustana's Shawn Hatlestad.

      Maus stormed back with a first period pin over Newman's Zach Duwe but was defeated next by the University of Mary's Trevor Johnson. Maus finishes with 97 career wins, three trips to the NCAA Nationals with a third-place finish under his belt. Schmitz finishes with 95 wins and both are in the Truman top 10. Devon Fenstermaker and Chase Wrisinger picked up some wins for the Bulldogs before having their tournaments come to an end.

      Fenstermaker had two wins in the pigtail round before being dealt a 5-3 loss to Minnesota State's Darick Vencura while Wrisinger was pinned in round three. The first three Bulldogs to take the mats had a rough draw as Jabez Zinabu, Rafael Lopez and Mark Smith all had nationally-ranked opponents in their first matches.

      All three, including Ryan Ward, Helmut Rentschler and Ben Dudley were eliminated from the tournament in two matches.

      Courtesy Truman State University