Springsteen’s teammate Tate Barnhardt battles to a 3rd place finish

Phillip Springsteen

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Three wrestlers for the University of Mary advanced to day two of the Midwest Classic, one of the top wrestling competitions in the country. The Marauders rose to the occasion with two wrestlers finding themselves high up on the podium. UMary put up 50 points on the weekend to take 15th out of 39 teams.

Phillip Springsteen dominated on day one, going 3-0 with three straight pins. The redshirt sophomore continued to dominate going 2-0 on day two to take first place overall. Springsteen took down #9 Cayden Whitaker of University of Indianapolis by a 8-6 sudden victory to advance to the championship match. The Graham, Washington native beat Adam Blees of Minnesota State Moorhead by a 3-0 decision to be crowned champion of the 174 lbs class.

Tate Barnhardt dropped his first bout of the day but then bounced back to win his next two matches to take third place overall. The senior narrowly dropped his first bout to advance to the championship match by a 5-4 decision. He then won the match to advance to the third place match by an 8-0 decision. Barnhardt was victorious in the third place match by a 10-4 decision over Justin Folley of Upper Iowa to finish third overall.

Springsteen on top of Concordia College foe

Max Bruss narrowly dropped his lone bout of the day. He fell by a 15-13 decision. Had he won his first match of the day the freshman would have been guaranteed a podium finish. The Green Bay, WI native ended the tournament with a 3-2 record.

The next time the Marauders compete will be in front of the MAC Mob for their conference home opener. UMary will battle MSU Moorhead on January 11 at 7 PM at the McDowell Activity Center (MAC).