FAYETTE, Mo. — The Cowley College wrestling team brought home two individual titles and eight wrestlers place in the top three Saturday at the Central Methodist Open.

Darryl Rylant (141 pounds) and Makana Tapia (149) both went unbeaten on the day and captured individual titles for the Tigers.

“I was very pleased with our season opener,” Cowley coach Beau Vest said. “Our young guys showed a lot of composure and wrestled outstanding in bringing home titles.”

Fellow freshmen Corwin Strachan (125), Beau Perez (149) and Charles Cheney (165) also placed in the top three, as did sophomores Blake Hickerson (157), Zachary Choate (197) and former Arkansas City High School standout Tyler Shannon (285).

“I felt like our guys wrestled very solid from start to finish,” Vest said.

The Tigers compete at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Open.

“This weekend will be a huge test to see where we are at against some of the best competition in the country,” Vest said.


Cowley Results

125 — Corwin Strachan went 5-1 and placed third.

125 — Taywone McNack 2-2.

141 — Darryl Rylant went 4-0 and placed first.

149 — Beau Perez went 5-1 and placed third.

149 — Makana Tapia went 3-0 and placed first.

149 — Charlie Naone Jr. went 0-2.

149 — Isaiah Banks went 2-2.

157 — Blake Hickerson went 3-1 and placed third.

157 — Gabriel Capp went 2-2.

165 — Charles Cheney went 3-1 and placed third.

165 — Jesus Nunez went 1-2.

174 — Tyler Bingham went 2-2.

197 — went 3-1 and placed third.

285 — Tyler Shannon went 3-1 and placed third.

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