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.
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