The Buena Vista wrestling team hosted its third annual Dinner and a Show event on Friday night inside of the Dows Grand Ballroom, but the Beavers came up on the short end of a 38-6 dual against Simpson College.
With a handful of regular starters sidelined while battling injuries, the line-up for the Beavers has plenty of youth and inexperience throughout it. Sophomore Nate Vento dropped a hard fought decision right out of the gate for BVU, 8-5. The team then had a pair of freshman in the next two slots, including Jack Kyle who was wrestling just his fifth match for the Beavers. He notched a takedown and a reversal in the third period, but came up just short in a 9-5 loss.
BVU forfeited at 149 pounds before junior Brad Kerkhoff put the team on the board at 157 pounds as he won by fall over Jaret Probasco in 2:25. Kerkhoff is now a team-best 18-7 on the year and 5-1 during IIAC competion.
Simpson picked up bonus points in each of the next two matches to build a 26-6 advantage. Junior Kevin Pape was right in the middle of a thrilling battle at 184 pounds but couldn't quite get his opponent turned in the final seconds and fell 8-3. Freshman Don Phillips II was in a scoreless bout until the third period before he dropped a tough 6-0 decision.
The Storm are now 3-9 overall (2-4 IIAC) while Buena Vista dips to 1-8 (0-7 IIAC).
BVU is back in action to close out the regular season next Friday, February 9, when it host Luther College for Senior Night at 7:00 p.m. inside of Siebens Fieldhouse. That'll be the team's final full action until it takes part in the NCAA Central Region Tournament on Saturday, February 24.