Dec. 14, 2008

Courtesy of Nebraska Omaha

KEARNEY, Neb. -- Junior national champion Cody Garcia was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Loper Open after going 4-0 and winning the 133-pound title Saturday at the Health and Sports Center.

Garcia, who recorded two falls in the tournament, defeated Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver, 6-5, in the championship match. Oliver was the nation's top high school recruit in 2008.

Two other Maverick wrestlers, who were both wrestling unattached also captured titles Saturday. Todd Meneely went 5-0 in winning the 157-pound title. Freshman Elijah Madison placed first at 285 pounds with a 4-0 mark.

Meneely recorded two major decisions and a pin en route to his title. He defeated Matt Collum, 13-7, in the title bout.

Madison defeated fellow Maverick Tony Lewis, 9-5, in the 285-pound championship match.

Other Mavericks place finishers included: Matt Rein (125), 3rd; George Ivanov (133), 5th; Mario Morgan (141), 5th; Esai Dominguez (149), 2nd; Aaron Denson (165), 3rd; Ryan Pankoke (165), 5th; Ross Taplin (174), 2nd; Tony Lewis (285), 2nd.

Maverick Results:

125 pounds
Matt Rein, 7-1, 3rd
Terrell McKinney, unattached, 5-2   DNP
Zach Adams, unattached, 3-2,   DNP

133 pounds
Cody Garcia, 4-0, 1st
George Ivanov, unattached, 5-2, 5th
141 pounds
Mario Morgan, 5-2, 5th
Tyler Kottas, unattached, 4-2, DNP
Tim Chavez, unattached, 2-2, DNP
Steve Clayberg, 2-2, DNP
Tait Weatherbee, 0- 2,   DNP

149 pounds
Esai Dominguez, 4-1, 2nd       

157 pounds
Todd Mennely, unattached, 5-0, 1st 
Nathan Sigman, 1-2 , DNP
Marvio Tischhauser, unattached, 2-2, DNP

165 pounds
Aaron Denson, 5-1, 3rd
Ryan Pankoke, 5-2, 5th
Josh Heckendorn, 3-2, DNP

174 pounds
Ross Taplin, 4-1, 2nd
Jake Ellenberger,  unattached, 2-2, DNP
184 pounds
Matt Baker, unattached, 2-2, DNP
197 pounds
No wrestlers

285 pounds
Elijah Madison, unattached, 4-0, 1st
Tony Lewis, 3-1,  2nd
Taylor Escamilla, 2-2, DNP     

The Mavericks will be idle until Jan. 3 when they will travel to Blair, Neb. to compete in the Dana Open.