ALLIANCE, Ohio—The No. 8 ranked Mount Union wrestling team pulled out a thrilling 16-15 come-from-behind win over 30th-ranked Thiel (Pa.) in their first dual match of the season Saturday afternoon. A 41-40 advantage in total match points proved to be the difference for the Purple Raiders.
Thiel (0-1) scored decisions at 125 and 133 to take control early of the match, 6-0.
After a pair of Tomcat decisions at 165 and 174, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) earned a decision at 184, followed by a Thiel decision 1t 197 to put them ahead, 15-12, heading into the final match.
All-American Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) scored a point in the final minute of the finale to earn a hard-fought 4-3 decision at 285, tying the score at the 15-15.
The officials gathered to discuss the tiebreakers used to determine the outcome of the match in the event of a tie. After individual match victories, pins, tech falls, and major decisions were unable to determine a winner, it came down to total match points.
Mount Union had 41 match points to Thiel's 40 match points. The officials then awarded the Raiders an additional point, and the match finished with a score of 16-15.
Mount Union (1-0) returns to the mat when it competes at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. on December 2-3.
Mount Union 16, Thiel (Pa.) 15
125 – Shayduan Velez-Lara (Thiel) dec. Brad Kress (Mount Union), 7 - 3
133 - Corey Brown (Thiel) dec. Riki Reynolds (Mount Union), 3 - 2
141 - Josh Malave (Mount Union) dec. Sean Byham (Thiel), 3 - 1 (OT)
149 - Kevin Shadrach (Mount Union) dec. Alec Miller (Thiel), 4 - 1
157 – Jon Garrison (Mount Union) dec. Jerrold Roosa (Thiel), 4 - 1
165 - Matt Lowry (Thiel) dec. Joe Spooner (Mount Union), 8 - 6
174 – Jacob Lowry (Thiel) dec. Jeremy Hathaway (Mount Union), 5 - 3
184 - Andy Jenkins (Mount Union) dec. Billy Roosa (Thiel), 8 - 3
197 – Patrick Morris (Thiel) dec. Darin Lyles (Mount Union), 8 - 4
285 - Derick Hesson (Mount Union) dec. Will Ringer (Thiel ), 4 – 3
**Mount Union was awarded a one-point tiebreaker after the match due to having more total points (41-40).