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University of the Ozarks 2018-19 Wrestling Media Guide

4 Seasons

2 NCAA Qualifiers

2 Scholar All-Americans

Head Coach LeRoy Gardner III

  • Coached two NCAA National qualifiers, a program first
  • Had two wrestlers earn the NWCA Scholar All-American award
  • Posted the program's first winning record (8-7) during the 2016-17 season
  • Head Coach at University of Houston-Downtown (2014-16), Head Coach at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School (2006-09) and Assistant Coach at Wartburg College (2003-05)
  • Named the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Southwest Conference Coach of the Year at University of Houston-Downtown
  • Coached four NCWA national champions and 11 All-Americans at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School
  • Helped Wartburg to back-to-back NCAA Division III national championships as an assistant coach
  • Inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2010) as a wrestler
  • Earned three All-American awards at Wartburg as a wrestler
  • Inducted into the Wartburg Sports Hall of Fame (2013) as a wrestler

Assistant Coach Blake Mangum

  • Wrestled at University of Oklahoma and Utah Valley University
  • Assisted High School programs at Wasatch (Utah), Skyridge (Utah), Deer Creek (Oklahoma) and Bingham (Utah)
  • Collegiate wrestling honors: Member of the President's Honor Roll and Dean's List at University of Oklahoma, Two-time Western Conference Wrestler of the Week at Utah Valley University and placed fourth at the Western Conference Championships at Utah Valley University

Assistant Volunteer Coach Vinny Barber

  • Wrestled at SUNY Oneonta and Centenary College (New Jersey)
  • Coached with Team Texas - National Staff Team
  • Has coached 11 State Champions, 36 All-State wrestlers and three Fargo All-Americans
  • Collegiate Wrestling Accomplishments: Led SUNY Oneonta in pins as a sophomore and posted over 50 career wins and over 35 career college falls
  • Owner of Barber Wresting

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  • Miguel Baray
  • Cameron Barnes
  • Jason Beltran
  • Marshall Billiter
  • Montre Blade
  • Shumar Blair
  • Andrew Cannon
  • Gabriel Cardona
  • Jakob Case
  • Tanner Chronister
  • Ny'Trell Dean
  • Stephen Fox
  • Jakob Gerow
  • Jonathan Gonzales
  • Kyven Higgins
  • Mark Holder
  • William Howerton
  • Sabastian Jackson
  • Travale James
  • Ndayambaje John
  • Dontae Johnson
  • William Kinser
  • Jerhett Lee
  • Morgan Mathis
  • Nicholas McDaniel
  • Kade McMahon
  • Russell Miller
  • Corey Muniz
  • Walter-Joe Ngegwe
  • Siaygnoun Nhamnhouane
  • Rochield Noel
  • Sergio Nugent
  • Cameron Oliver
  • Alejandro Ordonez
  • Nathaneal Rankin
  • Evan Sharpe
  • Jacob Sherrill
  • Adolfo Sotolongo
  • Durrell Thompson
  • Jaylen York
  • Byron Zeno

The WRESTLERS

SENIORS

Montre Blade

  • Weight: 194
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Central HS
  • 2016-2017: Posted four wins during the season. Had a win at the conference championships.
  • 2015-2016: Had seven wins overall. Collected a win against Huntingdon. Had a win in the Millikin Open.
  • Central HS: Finished 2nd in State. Posted a career record of 30-4.

Ny'Trell Dean

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
  • High School: Palo Duro HS
  • 2017-18: Had two wins at the Gator Boots Dual. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Fall 5:34). Had a win (Fall 2:00) in the Ouachita Baptist Dual. Won by fall over William Merritt from Averett University, lost to Zachary Wilson from Greensboro, won by fall over Christopher Fletcher from Southern Virginia University and then won by fall over Clifford Harrison from Ferrum College to place third in the Southeast Conference Tournament. Named an All-American at the Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials. Had a 16-9 overall record at 149.
  • 2016-17: Posted a 24-14 record. Advanced to finals at Conference Championships. Recorded school’s first-ever win at NCAA III Regional. Helped team to highest finish ever at Conference Championships (4th). Helped team to highest finish ever at NCAA III regional (12th).
  • 2015-16: Posted eight wins. Picked up a win at the Natural State Tournament. Had a pair of wins in the Hatcher Duals.
  • Palo Duro HS: During his junior season, placed 3rd in freestyle state, while also becoming a National qualifier and a UIL state qualifier. District runner-up during his senior campaign.

Jonathan Gonzales

  • Weight: 133
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • High School: David Crockett HS
  • 2017-2018: Won 6 matches on the season.
  • 2016-2017: Went 6-6 on the season.
  • David Crockett HS: Team captain, state qualifier, three-time district champion, three-time regional qualifier. Posted a career record of 72-33.

Siaygnoun Nhamnhouane

  • Weight: 133
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Van Buren, Ark.
  • High School: Van Buren HS
  • 2017-2018: Had seven wins and four falls on the season. Defeated his teammate Jon Gonzales in the open 141-pound division by a decision to place fourth at the Oklahoma City Open. Posted a pair of wins in the Central College Under Armour Invitational.
  • 2016-2017: Had 12 wins during the season. Posted a win at the conference championships.
  • 2015-2016: Posted seven wins overall. Collected a win at the Millikin Open.
  • Van Buren HS: Placed 3rd at State during his senior campaign. Placed 7th at Brute Nationals during his freshman season. Posted a career record of 111-48.

Jacob Sherrill

  • Weight: 165
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Cinco Ranch HS
  • 2017-2018: Had an 18-12 record, 23 dual points and five falls. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Tech Fall 2:34). Had a win (Tech 3:26) in the Ouachita Baptist Dual. Posted a win by Decision 3-1 against Drury. Won (TF 15-1 5:07) in the Central Baptist Dual.
  • 2016-2017: Had 16 wins during the season. Won all of his exhibitions matches at the University of Dubuque Jim Fox Duals. Posted a win (Fall 3:29) at the St. Olaf College Dual.
  • Cinco Ranch HS: Placed 3rd at Districts and Cy Ridge Invitational. Junior National team member. Posted a career record of 79-43 with a 31-10 record during his senior campaign.

Juniors

Miguel Baray

  • Weight: 184
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Dumas, Texas
  • High School: Dumas HS
  • 2017-2018: Won four matches. Had a win (Maj Dec 11-3) in the Ouachita Baptist Dual. Had a pair of wins (Maj 9-1)/(Dec 5-2) in the Missouri Valley Open.
  • 2016-2017: Won four matches. Posted a win at the conference championships.

Marshall Billiter

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Hopkinsville, Ky.
  • High School: Christian County HS
  • 2017-2018: Won four matches with a pair of falls.
  • 2016-2017: Posted a pair of wins on the season.
  • Christian County HS: Regional finalist, state qualifier, runner-up at King of the Bluegrass, champion at Bluegrass State games, and Tiger Class champion. Posted a career record of 85-74.

Andrew Cannon

  • Weight: 174
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Franklin, Ga.
  • High School: Heard County HS
  • 2017-2018: Posted a win on the year, defeating Zach Benner (MFF) in the Missouri Valley Open.

Nicholas McDaniel

  • Weight: 149
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Derby, Iowa
  • High School: Chariton HS
  • 2016-2017: Posted five wins during the season.

Corey Muniz

  • Weight: 125
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Romeoville, Ill.
  • High School: Fenton HS
  • 2017-18: Won 20 matches with 2 falls. Won a pair of matches, first by a major decision and then by a tech fall, at the Oklahoma City Open. Muniz had a pin early in second period against Arkansas Baptist. Posted an undefeated 3-0 record at the Gator Boots Dual. Posted a win in the Central College Under Armour Invitational (TF 19-2). Named an All-American at the Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials.
  • 2016-2017: Won 13 matches during the season. Had a win in the conference championships. Posted a win (Dec 7-6) against Bacone College. Had a win in the Central College Under Armour Invitational. Posted a win (Dec 8-7) against St. Olaf College.
  • Fenton HS: Fargo National Qualifier and Team Illinois for his junior and senior season. Posted a career record of 31-10.

Alejandro Ordonez

  • Weight: 184
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • High School: Rancho HS
  • 2017-2018: Had an eight win season. Posted a win (Dec 7-2) in the Missouri Valley Open.
  • 2016-2017: Went 3-3 on the mat.

Adolfo Sotolongo

  • Weight: 197
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Miami, Fla.
  • High School: Southwest Miami HS
  • 2017-18: Went 18-12 with 30 dual points and 12 falls. Won by fall and by decision in the freshman/sophomore 285-pound consolation round at the Oklahoma City Open. Had a bonus point win in the Olivet College Duals. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Fall 1:30). Won three straight matches in the Central College Under Armour Invitational. Had a win (Fall 2:02) in the Ouachita Baptist Dual. Won (Dec 10-5) in the Central Baptist Dual. Won (Fall, 6:36) against Bacone College. Named an All-American at the Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials.
  • 2016-2017: Went 6-5 on the mat. Posted a win at the NCAA III Regional. Also had a win at the conference championships. Collected a win against Southern Virginia University.
  • Southwest Miami HS: Four-time state qualifier, placed in state three times, two-time state finalist, three-time All-American, two-time district champion and regional champion. Competed in the Michigan Grappler placing 2nd in 2014 and 5th in 2015. Posted a career record of 114-13 with a 18-4 record during his senior campaign.

SOPHOMORES

Cameron Barnes

  • Weight: 197
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Katy HS
  • 2017-18: Won 19 matches with 6 falls on the season. Won by sudden victory in the 285-pound consolation round at the Oklahoma City Open. Had a bonus point win in the Olivet College Duals. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Dec 6-1). Placed first at the Hatcher Open. Placed third at the Northeastern Oklahoma Norsemen Open. Posted a win (7-3) against Bacone College. Won by decision over Matt Speelman from Southern Virginia University, lost to Antavian Leary from Ferrum College by decision, then won by fall over Ty`korious Walker from Huntingdon College and won by fall over Carlos Ortega from Greensboro for third place in the Southeast Conference Tournament. Named an All-American at the Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials.

Jakob Case

  • Weight: 165
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
  • High School: Timber Creek HS
  • 2017-2018: Posted a 7-5 record with one fall.

Mark Holder

  • Weight: 184
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Arlington, Texas
  • High School: James Martin HS
  • 2017-2018: Had three wins on the mat.

Russell Miller

  • Weight: 157
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • High School: Jersey Village HS
  • 2017-18: Won 10 matches on the season. Won by decision in the Olivet College Duals. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Fall 6:39). Had two wins in the Central College Under Armour Invitational. Named an All-American at the Greco-Roman U23 World Team Trials.

Walter-Joe Ngegwe

  • Weight: 174
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Little Elm, Texas
  • High School: Wakeland HS
  • 2017-2018: Had five wins on the mat.

Nathaneal Rankin

  • Weight: 125
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Plano, Texas
  • High School: Plano East HS
  • 2017-2018: Posted a 30-5 overall record. Recorded 46 dual points and 15 falls. Qualified for the NCAA III National Championships after placing third at the NCAA III Regional. Won by decision over Michael Triplett from Loras College (Dec 9-8) in NCAA III Regional to advance to Nationals. Won the Southeast Wrestling Conference Championship. Won 125-pound division at Missouri Valley Open, the Richland College Southwest Scuffle and the Ouachita Baptist Hatcher Open. Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at Ouachita Baptist Hatcher Open. Won by fall over David Lawson (2:10) from Arkansas Baptist. In the Richland College Southwest Scuffle, defeated Tony Vo of University of Texas (TF 18-1, 3:18), had a win over Trevor Compton from Ottawa University (F 1:03), posted a win against Nickolas Ornelas from Neosho County Community College (F 2:51) to advance to the championship match and then took down Noah Martinez from Ottawa University (F 4:39) to win the Richland College Southwest Scuffle. Posted two wins in the NWA Duals and Central College Under Armour Invitational. Won by Tech Fall 17-2, 5:54 against Drury. Defeated Bacone (Fall, 2:10). Defeated Jay Branch of Williams Baptist (TF 15-0) and then topped Dustin Miller of Lyon College (Maj 13-3) to advance to the finals and then won over teammate Devon Jackson (Dec 8-7) to take the Missouri Valley Open title. Rankin won by fall over Brett Binnix from Ferrum College and won by fall over Gabriel Wilson from Greensboro to advance to the championship match and then won by injury default over Zachary Beckner from Ferrum College to capture Southeast Conference title. Named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Voted the University's Male Athlete of the Year.

Evan Sharpe

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: El Centro, Calif.
  • High School: Central Union HS
  • 2017-2018: Won eight matches with six dual points. Posted a pin in the third period against Arkansas Baptist.

Durrell Thompson

  • Weight: 133
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
  • High School: East Coweta HS
  • 2017-2018: Had three wins on the year.

Jaylen York

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Katy HS
  • 2017-2018: Went 21-10 with 28 dual points and 8 falls on the season. Placed first at the Hatcher Open. Posted a win against Huntingdon (Dec 18-13). Had two wins in the Central College Under Armour Invitational. Had a win (Maj Dec 17-7) in the Ouachita Baptist Dual. Won (Dec 13-7) in the Central Baptist Dual.

Newcomers

Jason Beltran

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Carrollton, Texas
  • High School: Hebron HS

Shumar Blair

  • Weight: 197
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: North Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Robinson HS
  • Robinson HS: Two-time state place-winner.

Gabriel Cardona

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Antioch, Calif.
  • High School: Pittsburg HS
  • Pittsburg HS: Qualifyied for the CCCAA state championship, finishing top 12 in the state.

Stephen Fox

  • Weight: 133
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Bella Vista, Ark.
  • High School: Bentonville West HS
  • Bentonville West HS: Two-time state champion. Won the Monett (Mo.) Tournament. Won Kansas Tournament by pin in the first period.

Jakob Gerow

  • Weight: 125
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Noel, Mo.
  • High School: McDonald County R-I HS
  • McDonald County HS: Placed at state all four years.

William Howerton

  • Weight: 149
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
  • High School: Rockwall HS
  • Rockwall HS: Finished as a finalist at the Cy-Fair tournament.

Sabastian Jackson

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • High School: Cy-Fair HS
  • Cy-Fair HS: Won a district championship.

Travale James

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Central HS
  • Central HS: Placed fourth in the state championships.

Ndayambaje John

  • Weight: 174
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
  • High School: Kingsbury HS
  • Kingsbury HS: Placed fifth at the state championships.

Dontae Johnson

  • Weight: 165
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
  • High School: Kingsbury HS
  • Kingsbury HS: Placed fourth at the state championships.

William "Tinker" Kinser

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Powell, Mo.
  • High School: McDonald County R-I HS
  • McDonald County HS: State place winner.

Jerhett Lee

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Lewisville, Texas
  • High School: Hebron HS
  • Hebron HS: Won a state championship.

Morgan Mathis

  • Weight: 141
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Lewisville, Texas
  • High School: The Colony HS

Kade McMahon

  • Weight: 165
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Rockwall, Texas
  • High School: Rockwall HS
  • Rockwall HS: Qualifyied for the state tournament as a junior.

Rochield Noel

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Cameron Oliver

  • Weight: 285
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Arlington, Tenn.
  • High School: Bartlett HS
  • Bartlett HS: Placed third at the state championships.

Byron Zeno

  • Weight: 184
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Lafayette, La.
  • High School: Northside HS
  • Northside HS: Won a state championship.

NCAA Division III

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What We Wear

2018-19 Schedule

  • Nov. 1 at Lyon College Dual
  • Nov. 4 at Oklahoma City University Open
  • Nov. 13 Arkansas Baptist Dual
  • Nov. 13 Ouachita Baptist University Dual
  • Nov. 17 at Olivet College Duals
  • Nov. 30 vs Lindenwood University Dual
  • Dec. 1 at Hatcher Invite
  • Dec. 15 at Nebraska Wesleyan University Duals
  • Jan. 4 at Central College Dual
  • Jan. 5 at Central College Under Armour Invitational
  • Jan. 17 Drury University Dual
  • Jan. 22 Central Baptist College Dual
  • Jan. 26 at Huntingdon College Duals
  • Feb. 1 at Westminster College Dual
  • Feb. 2 at Missouri Valley College Open
  • Feb. 9 at Southeast Conference Tournament @ Nashville, Tenn.
  • Feb. 23-24 at NCAA III Lower Midwest Regionals @ Dubuque, Iowa
  • Mar. 8-9 at NCAA III National Championships @ Roanoke, Va.

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