ST. LOUIS – The King University men's wrestling team traveled to the Maryville University Duals on Sunday where the Tornado came away with three losses after facing a lineup of the top teams in the country.
King's first match of the day came against Maryville University, the event hosts and 16th-ranked team in the country. Maryville recorded a 35-3 win over the Tornado. The highlight of the match for King came in the 149-pound bout, in which Frank Yattoni IV earned a 5-0 shutout victory over Joey Moorhouse to score all three points for King. Eldon Valery, Jr. and Garrett Fosdyck each lost tight bouts, falling 5-4 and 3-2 in the 197- and 285-pound weight classes.
The Tornado then faced top-ranked Notre Dame College. King was defeated 44-0 by the nation's No. 1 team in a match that featured two pins, one technical fall, and three major decisions.
In King's final match of the day, the Tornado fell to No. 20 Ouachita Baptist University by a score of 28-12. The Tornado held a brief 6-5 lead after D'Marcus Spencer pinned Seth Hutchinson in the 133-pound division and were able to tie the score at nine points each with a 9-4 decision by Chance Smith at 149 pounds. But Ouachita Baptist would pull away with wins in five straight bouts, including a major decision and a pin, to seal the victory. Heavyweight Andrew Lutterloh recorded a decision over Nathan Jackson to close out the match.
The Tornado will next wrestle on March 1 and 2 in the NCAA Division II Regional, held in Tiffin, Ohio.