The Duhawk Wrestling team sent four individuals to the Wrestling National Championships in Cleveland, OH, this past weekend. Guy Patron Jr, Kevin Kelly, Jimmy Davis, and Quin Gilliam made Loras proud as they competed at the highest level.
Patron Jr. had the performance of the weekend, finishing as runner-up in the 197 lb. class. He won both of his bouts on Friday, opening with a 7-6 decision over Drew Kasper, of Otterbein. In the quarterfinal Patron Jr. advanced to the semifinal with an impressive 11-4 decision.
Patron Jr. made his way through the semifinal with relative ease, and found himself in the 197 lb. national title match against Kyle Fank, of Wartburg. Fank proved to be too much for Patron Jr., however, and he fell 8-2 in the finals. Patron Jr. clinched his second All-American honor, and notched his 70th career win in his second trip to the nationals.
Davis finished his Loras career with a valiant effort at the nationals. After suffering a lower body injury early in the competition, Davis continued to fight through the pain. Unfortunately, Davis couldn’t not pull through in his final matches. Despite this, Davis concluded his career with 93 career wins, enough for 15th all-time in school history.
Kelly scored an 8-4 decision to start off at the nationals. After losing to the fifth seed he came back to defeat Austin Shorey, of Southern Maine, 6-4, keeping him in contention for All-American honors.
Unfortunately, his national championship aspirations came to a close when he lost 8-2 to Elmhurst’s Jimmy McAuliffe.
Gilliam left the National tournament after two bouts, one against Nico Ramirez of Southern Virginia and one against Tyler Ortmann of Cornell. His lost to Ramirez by just one point, 9-8.
Gilliam had defeated Ortmann twice this season, but couldn’t three-peat, as he conceded a takedown in the final seconds. The junior has another year to come back and will surely have another impressive season.
The Duhawk wrestlers represented the school with honors at the nationals. Their results promise another strong season from a dominant Duhawk squad next winter.