Wrestling: Raiders Take a Couple Late Losses at NWCA National Duals

Alec Cotton (Photos by Ed Hall / EdHallPhotos.com)
Alec Cotton (Photos by Ed Hall / EdHallPhotos.com)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Mount Union suffered a pair of late losses at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Tournament Thursday at Memorial Colliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Against Augustana (Ill.), the Purple Raiders jumped out to a 10-3 win after tech fall wins by Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman) at 125 and Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) at 141.

Three straight wins including pins at 157 and 165 gave Augustana an 18-10 lead and Mount Union made it 18-14 after Nick Miller (Mansfield/Ontario) got a 12-4 major decision at 174.

Augustana then won the final three matches with a pair of decisions and a major decision for a 28-14 victory.

Against Wheaton (Ill.), Nathan Kirk (Adena/Buckeye Local) scored a major decision at 133 while Mancini and Kyle Ferguson (Akron/Manchester) picked up forfeit wins at 141 and 149 to get the Raiders out to a 16-3 lead.

Wheaton got a fall at 157, a tech fall at 165 followed up by a win at 174 to take a 17-16 lead then swept the final three matches for the 30-16 win.

Mount Union (5-8) wrestles in its first Ohio Athletic Conference dual of the season next Tues. Jan. 10 at 7:30 at Ohio Northern in Ada. 

Augustana (IL) 28, Mount Union 14
 
  Match Summary AUG MTU
125 Nick Mancini (Mount Union) over Trenton Jackson (Augustana) Tech Fall 16-0 0 5
133 Freddy Terranova (Augustana) over Nate Kirk (Mount Union) Dec 8-7 3 0
141 Alec Cotton (Mount Union) over Brendan Gould (Augustana) Tech Fall 17-2 0 5
149 Matt Sears (Augustana) over Kyle Ferguson (Mount Union) Dec 9-2 3 0
157 Josh Bush (Augustana) over Alex Funderburg (Mount Union) Fall 3:27 6 0
165 Trace Timmons (Augustana) over Braden Parker (Mount Union) Fall 4:33 6 0
174 Nick Miller (Mount Union) over Bo Bauer (Augustana) Maj 12-4 0 4
184 Christos Giatras (Augustana) over Isaiah Watson-Kirksey (Mount Union) Dec 9-3 3 0
197 Ethan Benoit (Augustana) over Grant Martin (Mount Union) Dec 9-2 3 0
285 Adarios Jones (Augustana) over Mike Sinclair (Mount Union) Maj 20-7  4 0

 

Wheaton (IL) 30, Mount Union 16
 
  Match Summary MTU WHE
125 Carlos Fuentez (Wheaton) over Nick Mancini (Mount Union) Dec 5-3  0 3
133 Nate Kirk (Mount Union) over Josiah Fitzjerrels (Wheaton) Maj 13-0  4 0
141 Alec Cotton (Mount Union) Forfeit win 6 0
149 Kyle Ferguson (Mount Union) over Forfeit win 6 0
157 Frank Aiello (Wheaton) over Alex Funderburg (Mount Union) Fall 4:21  0 6
165 Stephen Aiello (Wheaton) over Braden Parker (Mount Union) TF 15-0  0 5
174 Logan Walkup (Wheaton) over Nick Miller (Mount Union) Dec 9-2  0 3
184 Jared Fekete (Wheaton) over Isaiah Watson-Kirksey (Mount Union) Maj 10-1  0 4
197 Michael Swider (Wheaton) over Grant Martin (Mount Union) Dec 3-0  0 3
285 Max Gierke (Wheaton) over Mike Sinclair (Mount Union) Fall 5:43  0 6