The Barton Community College wrestling program opened its 2018-19 season this past Sunday in the Oklahoma City University Open, compiling a 35-36 record with five of its twenty wrestlers earning top four placings in the freshman-sophomore division.
Ewalt opened his Cougar debut with a 7-2 victory over Justin Villegas of Ouachita Baptist University before advancing with a narrow 4-3 decision over Schreiner University's Damian Rivera. The Woodward, Oklahoma, freshman then defeated Luke Carlin of Wayland Baptist 9-6 in the semifinal round but came up short against the University of Central Oklahoma's Heath Gray for the title in an 18-3 technical fall.
Receiving a bye in the first round, Delong advanced to the semifinal round with a 0:33 injury default by Northeast Oklahoma A&M's Jonathan Waters. Taking care of Region foe Zach Bowen of Cloud County Community College's Zach Bowen 9-6 in the semis, Delong would also lose the title to an UCO wrestler as Dalton Abney recorded a 4:25 fall on the Lacygne, Kansas, sophomore.
Gage McBride began his sophomore season with a third place 174 division finish chalking up a first round tiebreaker win over unattached wrestler JaQuan Jackson of Oklahoma State University before making short work of Cloud County's Jayden Creach in a 1:26 fall. Earning a 5-0 blanking of UCO's Nick Jouret in the quarterfinal round, the Yukon, Oklahoma, native was bounced to the consolation side by host Oklahoma City University's Chase Vincent by a 10-4 score. McBride then piled up a 15-0 tech fall over unattached JD Johnson before winning the third place match on a forfeit to Oklahoma University's Jaryn Curry.
Gomez, who earned the program's second highest national placing last year next to Kade Sander's national title, began his sophomore campaign with an 8-4 victory over UCO's Von Gray. The Altus, Oklahoma, native then fought off Ouachita's Logan Sloss 8-7 before ending his championship bracket run with a 12-5 loss to NEO's Mikey Mascarenas. Gomez rebounded with a 3:57 pin of Cloud County's Blake Leiszler before dropping the third place match 11-5 to Cloud County's Dakota Miller.
DeArmond received a bye before the Catoosa, Oklahoma, freshman could take the mat in getting sent to the consolation side with a 16-0 tech fall to Oklahoma State unattached wrestler Colton Denney. DeArmond then recorded his first collegiate pin with a 6:59 fall over Labette Community College's Chirstian Brinkley. Earning a 7-6 sudden victory over Labette's Cameron Sharp, DeArmond continued his climb through the bracket with a 12-6 win over OSU's unattached Wes Ahrberg before a 6:32 fall to unattached Noah Perkins ended the day with the fourth place finish.
Barton's next action comes this Saturday as the Cougars compete in Saturday's Bethany Swede Open at 9:00 a.m. in Lindsborg, Kansas.
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