Koster Leads BVU Wrestlers at Simpson Invite

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

INDIANOLA - Senior Kody Koster led the Buena Vista wrestling team with his third-place finish on Saturday during the Simpson College Invite.

The 165-pounder advanced into the semi-final round after a third period pin over William's Jon Foster followed by a 6-0 decision over Simpson's Wade Dowling. His bid for a match in the finals came up just short when he was edged 9-4 by defending national champion, Tyler Burkle of Coe College.

However, he would come back in the consolation round to pick up a technical fall over Waldorf's Brandon Porter followed by a major decision over Dowling to take third.

Dez Broeg and Lee Beumer each picked up one win each at 149 pounds, while Logan Silliman captured a win at 157 pounds.

Austin Hayes was the other Beaver to place, as he took fourth at 184 pounds. He moved into the semi-final round with a 5-2 victory over Dana's John Schmalz, who had beaten him 3-2 back in a dual on November 19. He then fell to third-seed Tony Gehling (Upper Iowa) in his semi-final match. In the consolation round, he topped Coe's Matt Ferlitsch to move into the third-place match before falling to Walorf's Adam Herrick.

Brian Steuve was the final Beaver to win a match, as he recorded a technical fall over Coe's Kyle Thompson.

Overall, BVU (36 points) finished 10th of the 15 teams who took part in the event. Top-ranked Wartburg College took the team title with 174 points, edging runner-up Coe College by five points.

Buena Vista will return to the mat next Saturday when the team takes part in the Jim Fox Open, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.

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