Fanthorpe Runner-Up at Missouri Valley Open

Iowa State rookie Nick Fanthorpe finished second this weekend at 125 pounds at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall. The former fourth-team Amateur Wrestling News All-American posted three major decisions prior to reaching the finals and now has a 12-7 record this season. Fanthorpe finished third at the Harold Nichols Open in November.

Iowa State rookie Nick Fanthorpe finished second this weekend at 125 pounds at the Missouri Valley Open in Marshall. The former fourth-team Amateur Wrestling News All-American posted three major decisions prior to reaching the finals and now has a 12-7 record this season. Fanthorpe finished third at the Harold Nichols Open in November.

Fanthorpe, a two-time Illinois state champion from Naperville, entered the tournament seeded sixth. He major decisioned Missouri Valley's Brandon Nice, 16-2, in his first match. Fanthorpe toppled Central Missouri State's Cory Bloodgood in his second-round bout before upsetting the No. 2 seed from Missouri Valley, Billy Exline, 13-3. In the finals, Fanthorpe faced Missouri's 2006 Roger Denker Open champion John Olanowski whom he decisioned at the Harold Nichols Open, 10-4, but fell to the Tiger in a close bout, 9-8.

Fellow freshman Jake Varner, a two-time California state champion and first-team AWN All-American, scored pins at 184 pounds over McKendree's Chaz Maloch at the 1:58 mark and Iowa's eighth-seeded Rick Loera in 5:28. Varner advanced to the third-round on a disqualification and injury defaulted in the semifinals.


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