Fort Hays State wrestling heads to Missouri this weekend for two tough duals against ranked opponents. The first is an MIAA matchup against No. 10 Lindenwood today (Jan. 29), and the second a non-conference battle against No. 4 Maryville University Sunday (Jan. 31). The Tigers are fresh off their third straight victory at the Kansas Cup and have an overall dual record of 5-3, 0-2 MIAA.
The Tigers are led by the No. 6 wrestler at 184 pounds Jon Inman, who is 25-1 on the year. He carries a 10-match winning streak into the weekend and leads the Tigers in wins (25), pins (11), and takedowns (47). Senior Bradley Little has also been a top performer for the Tigers at both the 157 and 149-pound weight classes. Little has put together an overall record of 16-6 and is second on the team in major decisions with four. In addition to Inman and Little, Adam Ludwin (125) and Joey Dozier (157) have come on strong of late winning seven of their last 10 matches each.
Lindenwood enters the weekend with an overall record of 7-2 and a MIAA record of 2-1, which is good for third place in the conference. The Lions have won their last three dual meets by a combined score of 97-28 and only McKendree University was able to score team points in double figures during that stretch while still losing 28-12. The Lions have two wrestlers among the national ranks this year. The No. 4 wrestler at 133 pounds, Hunter Haralson, has put together a 15-4 record so far this season and has won seven straight matches. No. 1 wrestler at 157 pounds, Terrel Wilbourn, has posted an undefeated 14-0 mark this season for the Lions. Wilbourn has wrestled in both the 165 and 157-pound weight classes this year.
When the Tigers head to St. Louis on Sunday, fourth-ranked Maryville University will be wrestling in just its second dual of the season. The Saints suffered a 24-15 loss against Central Oklahoma on January 22 and sit at 0-1. Maryville has seven wrestlers ranked nationally in their respective weight classes: No. 5 Dakota Bauer (133), No. 1 Nate Rodriguez (141), No. 4 Keenan Hagerty (149), No. 8 Dimitri Willis (165), No. 2 Zeb Wahle (174), No. 2 Ryan Beltz (197), and No. 5 Donnell Walker (285). Only Bauer, Willis, Beltz, and Walker are listed as probables for Sunday.
FHSU faces Lindenwood at 7 pm on Friday and Maryville at 3 pm on Sunday.
Below are the probables for FHSU this weekend.
Fort Hays State 5-3
125 – Adam Ludwin, Sr., Yuma, Ariz. (17-7)
133 – Anthony Calderon, Jr., Garden City, Kan. (7-8)
141 – Noah Killip, Sr., Azle, Texas (11-4)
or Jacob Kay, So., Evergreen, Colo. (4-3)
149 – William Homalon, R-Fr., Katy, Texas (12-4)
or Bradley Little, Sr., Wichita, Kan. (16-6)
157 – Joey Dozier, Sr., Garden City, Kan. (12-9)
165 – Kregg Clarke, Jr., Lyons, Kan. (13-15)
174 – Dylan Wiesner, R-Fr., Plainville, Kan. (10-11)
184 – #6 Jon Inman, Jr., Branson, Mo. (25-1)
197 – Cash Drylie, Sr., Hays, Kan. (9-8)
285 – Dakota Gulley, R-So., Golden, Colo. (15-15)
or AJ Cooper, Fr., Cimarron, Kan. (2-5)
Probables for Lindenwood not available at the time this article was posted.
Maryville University 0-1
125 – Jaret Singh – So.
133 – Dakota Bauer – Jr.
or Kodi Byrd – So
141 – Keygan Foster – Sr.
149 – James Krischke – So.
157 – Greg Hegarty – Jr.
165 – Dimitri Willis – Sr.
174 – Travis Lang – So.
184 – Nick Burghardt – Sr.
197 – Ryan Beltz – Sr.
285 – Donnell Walker – Jr.