Tritons compete at nationals

DES MOINES – Iowa Central’s Devin Geoghegan and Brandon Bradney both advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA National Wrestling Tournament on Friday.

Geoghegan and Bradney will compete for spots in championship matches beginning at 10:30 a.m. today inside the Jacobson Exhibtion Center.

The Tritons sit in fifth overall as a team. North Idaho is first, followed by Labette, Nassau and Clackamas.

Geoghegan, ranked No. 1 earned a fall over AJ Ballard of Clackamas in the second round after receiving an opening round bye in the 157-pound bracket. He went on to earn an 11-2 major decision over Niagara County’s Irvin Buck in the quarterfinals.

Geoghegan will meet No. 8 Steve Dewitt of Harper in the semifinals. Dewitt earned a fall, a major decision and another decision on his way to the semis.

The other side of the bracket boasts sixth-ranked Jeromy Davenport from Labette and Rend Lake’s Justin Cash, who is rated seventh.

Bradney opened his run to the final four with a 6-4 decision over No. 8 Brian Lussier from Gloucester County in the opening round. He followed up with falls over Chad Kirkhove from Triton in 2:46 and Jarrett Baker from Northwest in 2:43.

Bradney will face second-ranked Josh DaSilveira of Ellsworth in the 197-pound semifinal. DaSilveira won both of his matches via decision.

The other side boasts Shakheim Chapman of NIACC and No. 6 Riley Argyle from Western Wyoming.

Tristan Bundy (3-1), Dillon Geoghegan (3-1) and Christopher Ballard (3-1) will all compete in the consolation quarterfinals this morning. They have all guaranteed themselves Top-8 finishes and medals, and could place as high as third.

Bundy and Ballard both fought their way back after suffering first round losses to remain alive on the consolation side, while Dillon Geoghegan lost in the quarterfinals. He stayed alive with a consolation win over Tyler Strenke of Southwestern Oregon, 12-3.

Tyler Reiste (1-2), Stephen Mincey (0-2), Kenan Jackson (0-2) and Cody Harrison (0-2) were all eliminated during the opening day.

Former Manson Northwest Webster and Emmetsburg prep Skyler Rice went 1-2 on the day competing for Iowa Lakes at 133 pounds. Ethan Lindquist, a graduate of Laurens-Marathon, was also knocked out after dropping his first two matches.

The championship matches are scheduled for 7 p.m., while consolation semifinals start at 12:30 p.m. and place matches begin at 2 p.m.