FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Waynesburg University wrestling team wrapped up its two-day run at the Citrus Invitational on Wednesday by placing seventh in the 11-team field. Senior Gordan Beiber, Junior Ryan Shank and freshman Jake Evans paced the Yellow Jackets with third-place showings in their respective weight classes.
Speaking of tough tests in the semifinal rounds, Evans not only drew the top seed in his first contest of Wednesday, but Augsburg's Donny Longendyke is ranked number one in the country at 285 pounds, is a former Division I wrestler and is the defending Division III national champion.
Though Evans was pinned by Longendyke, he lasted longer than any opponent of the eventual tournament champion.
The Jacket rookie standout from Elizabeth Forward shook off the victory with an 11-3 major decision in the consolation semifinals and a 5-1 triumph in the third-place match.
(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)