Melton and Roberts champs, Storm place five at Luther L. Hill Invite


by Brock Borgeson, Sports Editor

INDIANOLA, Iowa – In the past four years combined at the Luther Hill Invitational, Simpson has placed five wrestlers. Simpson placed five wrestlers alone this year, led by Brett Roberts and Jonathan Melton who both went 4-0 to win their respective weight classes.

Who Placed for Simpson?

1st – Jonathan Melton (149): went 4-0, 11-3 on season

1st – Brett Roberts (184): went 4-0, 11-2 on season

3rd – Colby Vlieger (285): went 3-1

4th – Jason Clark (157): went 4-2

5th – Jake Mize (157): went 3-2

Around 160 wrestlers from NAIA, Division II and Division III teams grappled on the mats in Cowles Fieldhouse on Saturday. The total number of wrestlers was down from last year, but competitors from Coe, Graceland, Grand View, Central Missouri and Lindenwood among others at the third annual invitational.

Perennial national title contender Grand View dominated many of the weights, although Melton knocked off a Viking in the 149 final.

Roberts, the No. 9 wrestler in Division III, took down Coe’s Josh Allen in the final by a 16-2 major decision.

Melton handled Grand View’s Elijah Sullivan 18-6 in the final to complete a perfect day.

Vlieger, who took third place, benefited from two byes before falling to Central Missouri’s Nick Lovejoy, 5-2. He would eventually rebound to knock off Coe’s Kirk Owens 2-1 in the third place match.

Shane Swank, while not placing, also finished above .500 at 3-2 on the day.

Looking ahead:

Simpson heads to the Music City on Dec. 19 for the Gator Duals.