The Buena Vista wrestling team took a handful of wrestlers to the Cornell College Matman Invite on Saturday, and junior Brad Kerkhoff highlighted the day for the Beavers with his third-place finish.
Kerkhoff picked up a third period fall to get his day started before advancing into the semifinals with a thrilling 8-7 decision and a convincing 16-7 major decision. His bid for a championship came up short after he was dealt a 6-1 loss, but he bounced back in a big way with an 11-1 triumph in the third-place match. He's now 12-5 on the year with five falls.
Fellow junior Shane Vaughan picked continues to add to his career pin total with two more on the day, including a 0:41 second fall in his first consolation match. Each pin was followed by a tough loss by decision. He runs his season total to seven.
Buena Vista now has a week off before it hosts half of the Iowa Conference Duals inside Siebens Fieldhouse next Saturday (Jan. 20). The first duals of the day are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. The Beavers will be hosting top-ranked Wartburg College, along with the University of Dubuque and Cental College.