WILLIAMSBURG, Kentucky - The Mount St. Joseph wrestling team traveled to the University of Cumberlands this past weekend to compete at the Patriot Open to open up the season. The Lions are coming off a very successful season, in which they wrestled with mostly freshman and one sophomore a year ago. This season they are in a different spot and don't necessarily need to start freshman. But, that would not be the case with freshman Jabari Thomas (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield). Thomas, wrestling at 125lbs finished the day going 5-1. Jabari won his first match on the day but dropped his second. After that loss, Jabari was automatic from then on. He won his next match by pin and then took on his teammate freshman Tariq Hornbuckle (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista) to see who would advance. Jabari won the tightly contested match 3-2, then won consecutive matches to close out the day leaving him with a record of 5-1 to start the season.
Another Lion who had a successful season debut was junior Nate McClanahan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder). Nate started the day with consecutive matches in which he won by decision. Then dropped a match, won two more matches and then his day came to a close. He finished the day posting a 4-2 record giving him a great start to the season. Next, another standout from last year's campaign sophomore Cameron Sauerwein (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) had a great season debut. Sauerwein lost his first match of the season but that was the only match he lost. Sauerwein went on to dominate his next five matches before he had reached his match limit for the day. Cameron finished the day with a record of 5-1 and earned himself a 4th place finish. Finally, the All-American from a year ago sophomore Antonio McCloud (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder). Antonio started his day by pinning the first two opponents he faced. He then lost a very tight match against Eric Deluse a 3-time NAIA National qualifier, but this didn't slow him down. McCloud then dominated his next two opponents and finished the day posting a 4-1 record and earning himself a 3rd place finish.
The Lions finished the day with four wrestlers who had winning record while two of them placed in the top four. The Lions hope to continue their success and build on it when they travel to Angola, Indiana to compete in the Trine Invitational at Trine University on November 16th. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019-20 season!