DUBUQUE, Iowa — Jason Kiehne won his sixth match in a row but the Simpson wrestling team didn't have enough firepower in a 29-19 loss to Dubuque on Saturday.
Kiehne improved to 7-1 in the second semester with a 12-1 major decision over Jeremy Melendez at 141. He led 2-1 after the first period but outscored Melendez 10-0 the rest of the way to improve to 17-8 on the season.
Mize pinned Jared Packer less than a minute into the second period at 165, earning his fourth straight win and third-straight by fall.
Vlieger edged Jordan Hill 4-3 at 285, snapping a three-match losing streak to pick up his team-leading 20th win of the season. Vlieger's third-period escape ended up being the difference in a tightly-contested match.
Sam Mathis earned Simpson's other win with mid-match injury forfeit. He led Dominic Sterr before Sterr sustained an injury in the second period and couldn't continue.
The Storm host Buena Vista on Friday, Feb. 3 for Senior Day. The dual will be held inside the Black Box Theater at Kent Campus Center. Start time is set for 7 p.m.
125—Javier Guillen (DBQ) major dec. Jacob Irwin, 15-5
133—Printice Walls (DBQ) wins by forfeit
141—Jason Kiehne (SIM) major dec. Jeremy Melendez, 12-1
149—Nicholas Meyer (DBQ) pins Anthony Derrick, 7:00
157—Quincy Kalkbrenner (DBQ) dec. Jason Clark, 6-2
165—Jake Mize (SIM) pins Jared Packer, 3:54
174—Patrick Mooney (DBQ) major dec. RJ Brown, 18-6
184—Ethan Cain (DBQ) pins Noah Robinson, 3:51
197—Sam Mathis (SIM) inj. Dominic Sterr, 4:03
285—Colby Vlieger (SIM) dec. Jordan Hill, 4-3