Four Utah Valley University wrestlers earned podium finishes at the 2017 University Greco-Roman Nationals on Friday at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Kimball Bastian and Chase Call led the group by each placing fourth, while Jordan Karst and Grant LaMont each earned fifth-place finishes at the summer tournament.
Bastian wrestled his way to a 6-2 record on the day at 80 kilograms en route to earning his fourth-place finish. After reeling off five-straight victories in the consolation bracket, Bastian had his tournament come to a close with a 6-0 setback to Jesse Porter of NYAC in the third-place match.
Call too placed fourth after going 4-2 at the event at 66 kilos. Call won his first three matches on his way to making the semifinal round. After dropping his semifinal decision to Dante Rodriguez of C-RTC, Call then pulled out a 12-2 win in the consolation semis over the Marines' Colton Rasche before concluding his tournament with an 8-0 loss to NYAC's Sam Jones in the third-place bout.
Karst finished his 2017 University Greco-Roman Nationals run with a 5-2 showing to earn his fifth-place finish at 130 kilos. After suffering an opening-round loss, the rising UVU senior pulled out four-consecutive consolation round victories to enter the consolation semis. After a dropping a 10-2 contest to the Marines' Eric Fader, Karst then capped his tournament with a 6-2 victory over Bison Legend's Michael Rogers in the fifth-place bout.
Soon-to-be Utah Valley sophomore LaMont too earned a fifth-place finish at 66 kilos after going 3-2 in his weight class. LaMont pulled out his first two bouts of the tournament to enter the semifinal round. After suffering a 6-4 setback to the Marines' Ramond Bunker in the semis, LaMont then dropped his consolation semifinal bout to enter the fifth-place match. In his final match of the day, LaMont did a nice job of bouncing back by defeating the Marines' Rasche by a score of 5-1 to place fifth.
Kieffer Taylor, Landon Knutzen and 2017 NCAA qualifier Tanner Orndorff too competed in Friday's University Greco-Roman Nationals event. Taylor led the group by going 2-2 in his weight division, while Knutzen and Orndorff each finished with 0-2 showings.
The 2017 UWW Cadet and University Nationals conclude on Saturday. A total of 15 Wolverine grapplers are slated to compete in Saturday's freestyle competition.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.