Story Courtesy of the American Midwest Conference
ST. LOUIS – The American Midwest Conference (AMC) has announced its Wrestler of the Week award for the week ending January 29, 2016. For the second straight week, the winner of the Wrestler of the Week award Tyler Fraley (JR/Freehold, N.J.) from Williams Baptist College.
Fraley, a 141-pound junior from Freehold, N.J., won his second straight AMC Championship in the 141-poind weight class, and he did it in such impressive fashion that he was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Championship. Fraley opened the event with a win by fall in just 1:26 over Esequiel Rodriguez of Lindenwood University-Belleville in the quarterfinal round. He followed that up with a pair of technical fall victories, including one over Marcelo Sierra of Lindenwood-Belleville – the 9th ranked wrestler in the NAIA in the weight class – in the Championship Final. Fraley is now 31-3 on the season, with 15 pins, eight technical falls, and two major decisions.
Other Notable Performances:
Jaln' Gomillia – Lindenwood-Belleville
Gomillia won the 125-pound AMC Championship, defeating Jay Branch (JR/Fayetteville, Ark. ) of Williams Baptist in a 13-4 major decision in the semifinal, and winning the title over his teammate Maxwell Irvin in an 8-4 decision.
Tanner Irwin (FR/Jefferson City, Mo. ) – Williams Baptist College
Irwin posted a trio of technical falls on his way to winning the AMC title in the 133-pound weight class. Irwin defeated Caleb McElfresh of Hannibal-LaGrange University 15-0 in the quarterfinal, he beat William Freeman of Central Baptist College 18-2 in the semifinal, and he ousted Wardell Morgan of Lindenwood-Belleville in the final 24-9.
Patrick Grigsby (JR/Bentonville, Ark. ) – Williams Baptist College
Grigsby won the AMC title in the 149-pound weight class with a major decision, a fall, and a decision. He beat Joshua Nidever of Hannibal-LaGrange in the quarterfinal 13-5, he pinned Lyon College's Albert Ordonez in 3:54 in the semifinal, and he took a 9-5 win in the final over Bryce Bachowski of Missouri Baptist University.
Ty Ethridge – Lindenwood-Belleville
Ethridge picked up a two-point takedown of Williams Baptist's Nick Hooper (JR/Crystal River, Fla. ) in the final seconds of the Championship match to claim the AMC crown in the 157-pound weight class. Ethridge had advanced to the final by grabbing a 15-3 major decision over WBC's Zach Revier (JR/Bold, Minn. ).
Ryan Whittle (JR/Greenwich, Conn. ) – Williams Baptist College
Whittle took the AMC championship in the 165-pound weight class by winning a technical fall and two decisions. He beat Missouri Baptist's Larry Prade in the quarterfinal round by technical fall 18-3, and he advanced to the final on a narrow 2-1 decision over Lindenwood-Belleville's Almondo Conner. In the final, Whittle beat Lyon's Connor Webber 13-6.
Joseph Robinson – Lindenwood-Belleville
Robinson opened the AMC Championship with a win by fall over Jesse Imbierowicz of Missouri Baptist on his way to the 174-pound AMC title. Robinson grabbed a 7-2 win over Jeffrey Haley (JR/Quincy, Ill. ) of Williams Baptist in the semifinal, and he outlasted WBC's Keion McVay (SO/Maumelle, Ark. ) with a 4-2 decision to win the title.
Josh Chiles (JR/Little Rock, Ark. ) – Williams Baptist College
Chiles won the AMC title in the 184-pound weight class. He defeated Lindenwood-Belleville's Marcial Torres in the semifinal round, recording a win by fall in just 2:07. In the final, wrestling against teammate Tyler Dibert (JR/Imler, Penn. ), Chiles took a 6-5 decision to claim the championship.
Troy Mercer – Lyon
Mercer won the Scots' only AMC title of the weekend, claiming the 197-pound weight class crown. Mercer beat Conor Karwath (JR/Gonzales, La. ) of Williams Baptist 8-6 in the quarterfinals, and he pinned Timothy Carter of Lindenwood-Belleville in the semifinals in 5:35. In the final, Mercer claimed a 13-4 major decision over Braden Zini (SO/Little Rock, Ark. ) of Williams Baptist to capture the title.
Demetrius Thomas (FR/Ferguson, Mo. ) – Williams Baptist College
In a dominant performance, Thomas claimed the heavyweight title by pinning all three of his opponents in a total of 6:58. In the quarterfinal, Thomas pinned Jeffrey Brock of Missouri Baptist in 4:32, he subdued teammate Roger Moe (JR/Coppell, Texas) in the semifinal in 1:26, and in the championship match, he needed just 1:00 to pin Cory Flemming of MBU to claim the championship.