Wrestling: Border Takes 2nd Place at NCAA Regional For Third Straight Trip to Nationals

Wrestling: Border Takes 2nd Place at NCAA Regional For Third Straight Trip to Nationals
Jeremy Border

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Mount Union senior Jeremy Border (Caldwell/Caldwell) has advanced to the NCAA Championships for a third straight year with a second place finish at 141 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.

Border scored a 12-2 major decision win over Sean O'Hagan of Brockport State (N.Y.) in the semifinals to punch his ticket to the national meet.  In the finals, Justin Kihn of Heidelberg, the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrester of the Year, beat him 6-3.

Border advances to the NCAA Championships on March 11-12 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He was an All-American with a third place finish at 133 pounds in 2014 and is one of only five wrestlers in school history with over 100 career wins as he now stands at 103-22 overall.

The top three placers in each weight class advance to the national meet.

Mount Union had two other places in sophomores Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman) fourth at 125 pounds and Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) fifth at 133 pounds.

For the second straight year Mancini came within one win of going to the national meet.  He took a 4-2 overtime loss Asher Kramer of Brockport State (N.Y.) in the semifinals then came back with a win in the consolation bracket before a 5-0 loss to Jacob Spearman of Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) in the third place match.

Cotton, making his first NCAA regional appearance, lost in the quarterfinals then rallied with a pair of wins in the consolation bracket before 9-4 loss to Sal Corrao of John Carroll ended his national meet chances.  Cotton came back with a 3-2 win over Ryan Hornack of Heidelberg in the fifth place match.

NCAA Mideast Regional Results

125 - Nick Mancini

Champ. Round 2 - Nick Mancini (Mount Union) tech fall over Brandon Davis (Scranton), 17-0, 1:30
Quarterfinal - Nick Mancini (Mount Union) decision over Chris Doyle (Baldwin Wallace), 10-7
Semifinal - Asher Kramer (Brockport State) decision over Nick Mancini (Mount Union), 4-2 OT
Cons. Semi - Nick Mancini (Mount Union) decision over Tristan Buxton (Waynesburg), 6-2
3rd Place Match - Jacob Spearman (Washington and Jefferson) decision over Nick Mancini (Mount Union), 5-0

133 - Alec Cotton

Champ. Round 2 - Alec Cotton (Mount Union) decision over Nicholas DePierro (Scranton), 4-1
Quarterfinal - Eric Velez (Brockport State) decision over Alec Cotton (Mount Union), 5-0
Cons. Round 4 - Alec Cotton (Mount Union) decision over Lance Waters (Thiel), 11-5
Cons. Round 5 - Alec Cotton (Mount Union) pin Hunter Harris (Messiah), 6:14
Cons. Semi - Sal Corrao (John Carroll) decision over Alec Cotton (Mount Union), 4-2
5th Place Match - Alec Cotton (Mount Union) 25-10 decision over Ryan Hornack (Heidelberg), 3-2

141 - Jeremy Border

Champ. Round 2 - Jeremy Border (Mount Union) pin Liam Gallagher (Scranton), 4:03
Quarterfinal - Jeremy Border (Mount Union) decision over Gregory Warner (York), 13-7 OT
Semifinal - Jeremy Border (Mount Union) major decision over Sean O'Hagan (Brockport State), 12-2
1st Place Match - Justin Kihn (Heidelberg) decision over Jeremy Border (Mount Union), 6-3

149 - Seth McCurdy

Champ. Round 1 - Damon Cheek (Heidelberg) decision over Seth McCurdy (Mount Union), 7-1
Cons. Round 1 - Seth McCurdy (Mount Union) decision over Greg Kabakjian (Messiah), 8-4
Cons. Round 2 - Trevor Meyers (Washington and Jefferson) decision over Seth McCurdy (Mount Union), 8-4

157 - Austin Rush

Champ. Round 2 - Austin Rush (Mount Union) decision over Wonsik Kim (Rochester Institute of Technology), 8-7
Quarterfinal - Larry Cannon (Messiah) tech fall over Austin Rush (Mount Union), 19-3, 6:54
Cons. Round 4 - Cory Rank (York) pin Austin Rush (Mount Union), 1:16

165 - Tony Rupert

Champ. Round 1 - Tony Rupert (Mount Union) decision over Mark Milisci (SUNY-Oswego), 5-2
Champ. Round 2 - Jeff Hojnacki (Messiah) tech fall over Tony Rupert (Mount Union), 19-1, 6:12
Cons. Round 3 - Aaron Banko (Heidelberg) pin Tony Rupert (Mount Union), 2:46

174 - Nick Miller

Champ. Round 2 - Sonnieboy Blanco (Washington and Jefferson) decision over Nick Miller (Mount Union), 3-1
Cons. Round 3 - Nick Miller (Mount Union) decision over Jacob Brook (Wilkes), 10-3
Cons. Round 4 - Brandon Conrad (Lycoming) decision over Nick Miller (Mount Union), 5-3

184 - Tyler Siefke

Champ. Round 2 - Marco Crivelli (Thiel) major decision over Tyler Siefke (Mount Union), 15-5
Cons. Round 3 - Tyler Siefke (Mount Union) decision over Brandon Rudy (Lycoming), 10-6
Cons. Round 4 - Ryan Shank (Waynesburg) major decision over Tyler Siefke (Mount Union), 14-2

197 - Aaron Page

Champ. Round 1 - Russell Porter (John Carroll) decision over Aaron Page (Mount Union), 2-1
Cons. Round 1 - Aaron Page (Mount Union) decision over Gage Finegan (Heidelberg), 1-0
Cons. Round 2 - Ezekiel Stroupe (Washington and Jefferson) medical forfeit over Aaron Page (Mount Union)

285 - Mike Sinclair

Champ. Round 2 - Eric Calimano (Scranton) decision over Mike Sinclair (Mount Union), 6-4
Cons. Round 3 - Mike Sinclair (Mount Union) decision over Brian McNamara (Case Western Reserve), 1-0
Cons. Round 4 - Mike Sinclair (Mount Union) decision over Joe Belford (Baldwin Wallace), 4-3 OT
Cons. Round 5 - Jacob Evans (Waynesburg) decision over Mike Sinclair (Mount Union), 5-2