Wrestling: #19 Mount Union 2nd at NCAA Regional; Two Raiders Win Titles, Three to Nationals

Sophomore Jeremy Border (left) and junior Jon Garrison (right). (Photos by Tina Schindel)
Sophomore Jeremy Border (left) and junior Jon Garrison (right). (Photos by Tina Schindel)

YORK, Pa. -- Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 19 in the nation, finished second as a team with a pair of individual champions and three national qualifiers at the NCAA Mideast Regional Sunday at York College in York, Pa.

The Purple Raiders totalled 76 points which was 33 points behind team champion and No. 3 ranked Messiah (Pa.).  It was the second year in a row Mount Union placed second as a team at the event.

Two individual titles went to junior Jon Garrison (Copley/Copley) at 157 pounds and sophomore Jeremy Border (Caldwell/Caldwell) at 133 pounds.  Those two along with junior Bryant Roby (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph), who placed third at 141 pounds will represent Mount Union at the NCAA Division III National Championships March 13-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Garrison entered the event ranked No. 8 in nation at 157 and had a pair of one point wins before a three-point win over Terner Gott of John Carroll in the semifinals.  He then took on nationally ranked No. 6 Josh Etzel in the finals and got a 7-5 overtime win for the title.  It will be Garrison's second straight trip to nationals and his now 35 wins on the season puts him in fifth place on school's all-time single season wins list.

Border is ranked No. 6 in the nation at 133 and scored a pair of major decision wins then a pin of Baldwin Wallace's Andrew Taylor in the semifinals to advance to the final where he took on another Ohio Athletic Conference foe in Colin McDermitt and won 13-8.

Roby opened with a pin and a decision win before losing to eventual champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Regional in Kaleb Lott from Messiah.  Roby then scored an overtime decision in the consolation semifinals then scored a one point win in the third place match against Robert Ritschard of Thiel to punch his ticket to nationals. 

Mount Union was an overtime decision from sending another wrestler to nationals as senior Nick Rajscak (Stow/Stow) fell in the third place match at 197 pounds.

Senior Tyler Johnston (Lyndhurst/Brush) at 149 pounds and junior Brent Kirk (Adena/Buckeye Local) at 184 pounds both finished sixth to round out the placers for the Raiders.


Josh Hall (Case Western Reserve) dec. Dan Hoberney (MTU), 8-3

Kyle McNulty (Elizabethtown) pin Dan Hoberney (MTU), 2:34


#6 Jeremy Border (MTU) major dec. Zachary Finn (Lycoming), 11-0

Jeremy Border (MTU) major dec. Rory Bruce (R.I.T.), 13-2

Semifinals: Jeremy Border (MTU) pin Andrew Taylor (Baldwin Wallace), 2:08

Finals: Jeremy Border (MTU) dec. Colin McDermitt (Heidelberg), 13-8


Bryant Roby (MTU) pin Connor Medlang (Case Western Reserve), 1:55

Bryant Roby (MTU) dec. Cody Harting (Ohio Northern), 6-1

Semifinals: Kaleb Lott (Messiah) major dec. Bryant Roby (MTU), 13-4

Consolation Semfinals: Bryant Roby (MTU) def. Joey Giaccio (York), 2-1 OT

Third Place Match: Bryant Roby (MTU) dec. Robert Ritschard (Thiel), 6-5


Tyler Johnston (MTU) dec. Damon Cheek (Heidelberg), 6-5

Tyler Johnston (MTU) dec. Seth Lansberry (Lycoming), 7-5

Semifinals: Luke Lohr (Waynesburg) dec. Tyler Johnston (MTU), 8-4

Consolation Semifinal: Jordan Dyer (Brockport State) dec. Tyler Johnston (MTU), 8-6 OT

Fifth Place Match: Seth Lansberry (Lycoming) dec. Tyler Johnston (MTU), 3-2


#8 Jon Garrison (MTU) dec. Lewis Cucchiara (Brockport State), 4-3

Jon Garrison (MTU) dec. Larry Cannon (Messiah), 3-2

Semifinal: Jon Garrison (MTU) dec. Terner Gott (John Carroll), 8-5

Final: Jon Garrison (MTU) dec. Josh Etzel (Washington & Jefferson), 7-5 OT


Stephen Cannon (Messiah) dec. Shane Brown (MTU), 10-9

Shane Brown (MTU) major dec. Nick Lees (Case Western Reserve), 11-1

Mitchell Ramsey (York) dec. Shane Brown (MTU), 4-3 OT


Tyler Rhodes (York) dec. Brogan Endres, 5-2

Brennan Kelly (Heidelberg) dec. Broagan Endres, 9-3


Brent Kirk (MTU) dec. Greg Wetzel (Lycoming), 5-2

Brent Kirk (MTU) dec. Jerrold Roosa (Thiel), 6-4

Semifinals: Cameron Fine (Waynesburg) pin Brent Kirk (MTU), 3:15

Consolation Semifinals: Julian Meaney (Elizabethtown) dec. Brent Kirk (MTU), 5-2

Fifth Place Match: Nicholas Zak (York) dec. Brent Kirk (MTU), 7-4


Nick Rajscak (MTU) major dec. Skylar Ebner (Lycoming), 13-3

Nick Rajcsak (MTU) dec. Ben Kramer (Messiah), 6-5 2 OT

Semifinals: Paul Glover (Brockport State) dec. Nick Rajcsak (MTU), 2-1 OT

Consolation Semifinals: Nick Rajcsak (MTU) dec. Michael Pawlitz (Ohio Northern), 9-3

Third Place Match: Jason Russell (Heidelberg) dec. Nick Rajcsak (MTU), 2-1


Lucas Dies (MTU) dec. Will Porter (John Carroll), 8-5

Cody Lovejoy (Ohio Northern) pin Lucas Dies (MTU) 1:33

Consolation Bracket:

Lucas Dies (MTU) pin Joe Bedford (Baldwin Wallace), 5:25

Sean Brooks (Mt. St. Joseph) pin Lucas Dies (MTU), :24