Wrestling: Mount Union 8th After Day One at NCAA Mideast Regional; Five Raiders Still Alive

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

YORK, Pa. – Mount Union's wrestling team is tied for eighth after day one of the NCAA Mideast Regional Saturday at York College in York, Pa.

The Purple Raiders have five wrestlers still alive as two are in the championship bracket and three and in the consolation bracket.

The top three finishers in each of the 10 weight classes advance to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships March 10-11 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Mount Union's two wrestlers in the championship brackets are juniors Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) and Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman).

Cotton, who entered the event ranked No. 4 in the nation at 141 pounds, scored two impressive wins with a pin and a technical fall to advance to the semifinals.

Mancini, who has finished fourth at each of the last two regionals, got a pair of decision wins to get to the semifinals at 125 pounds.

The three Raiders trying to come through the consolation bracket are seniors Alex Funderburg (Amherst/Steele) at 149 and Nick Miller (Mansfield/Ontario) at 174 along with sophomore Jesse Gross (Norwalk/St. Paul) at 165.

Mount Union Wrestlers at NCAA Mideast Regional

125 - Nick Mancini

Mancini tech fall Jacob Frisch (Case Western Reserve), 16-0 (3:59)

Quarterfinals - Mancini dec. Tristan Buxton (Waynesburg), 9-7

Semifinals - Mancini vs Lucas Malmberg (Messiah) 

133 - Nate Kirk

Charlie Nash (Baldwin Wallace) dec. Kirk, 2-0

Alec Hoover (Case Western Reserve) dec. Kirk, 6-4

141 - #4 Alec Cotton

Cotton pin Thomas Conlon (Scranton), 1:06

Quarterfinals - Cotton tech fall Filippo Crivelli (Waynesburg), 15-0

Semifinals - Cotton vs Hayden Bates (Heidelberg)

149 - Alex Funderburg

Sean Peacock (Brockport) tech fall Funderburg, 16-0 (6:59)

Funderburg dec. Toby Warrington (Muskingum), 7-3

Funderburg pin Richard Burke (Baldwin Wallace), 1:28

157 - Conner Homan

Jeff Hojnacki (Messiah) dec. Homan, 9-6

Austin Bonacci (Thiel) dec. Homan, 9-7

165 - Jesse Gross

Gross pin Dan Verhovsek (Waynesburg), 6:39

Troy Seymour (Oswegeo St.) dec. Gross, 9-3

Gross dec. Chris White (Heidelberg), 5-3

Gross tech fall Michael Falcon (Brockport St.), 20-5

174 - Nick Miller

Miller dec. Zach Briggs (Keystone), 15-8

Miller dec. Joseph Sindoni (York), 7-6

Quarterfinals - Ben Swarr (Messiah) tech fall Miller, 18-0

Miller pin Justin Morel (Wilkes), 2:37

184 - Isaiah Watson-Kirksey

Derek Beitz (Messiah) pin Watson-Kirksey, 6:02

Watson-Kirksey dec. Dominic Farabaugh (Thiel), 10-7

Bradley Miccio (Lycoming) dec. Watson-Kirksey, 10-5

197 - Grant Martin

Travis Ogden (Lycoming) major decision Martin, 17-8

Kenneth Burns (Waynesburg) dec. Martin, 12-10

285 - Cody Carr

Skyler Ebner (Lycoming) pin Carr, 1:36

Jacob Morris (Brockport) dec. Carr, 6-0