Wrestling: Cotton Places Second Advances to Nationals at NCAA Mideast Regional

Alec Cotton placed second at the 2017 NCAA Mideast Regional
Alec Cotton placed second at the 2017 NCAA Mideast Regional

YORK, Pa. – Mount Union junior Alec Cotton (Hartville/Lake) placed second in the 141 pound weight class at the NCAA Mideast Regional Sunday at York College in York, Pa.

Cotton, along with the top three finishers in each weight class, move on to the NCAA Division III Championships March 10-11 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Cotton, who entered the meet ranked No. 4 in the nation, pinned Heidelberg's Hayden Bates in the semifinals then suffered a 4-2 overtime loss to Josh Decatur of Baldwin Wallace in the finals.

The Purple Raiders had two other placers as junior Nick Mancini (Boardman/Boardman) at 125 pounds and sophomore Jesse Gross (Norwalk/St. Paul) at 165 pounds both finished fifth.

It was the third straight year that Mancini had placed at the regional after back-to-back fourth place finishes.

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 - Lucas Malmberg (Messiah) pin Mancini, 3:59

Consolation Semfiinals - Chris Doyle (Baldwin Wallace) dec. Mancini, 5-1

5th Place Match - Mancini forfeit Guesseppe Rea (Wilkes)

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 pin Hayden Bates (Heidelberg), 5:39

Finals - Joshua Decatur (Baldwin Wallace) dec. Cotton, 4-2 OT

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

Kyle Medrow (Wilkes) major decision Funderburg, 18-8

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

Gross dec. Tyler Rhodes (York), 7-4

Consolation Semifinals - Tyler Hardtke (John Carroll) dec.Gross, 5-3

5th Place Match - Gross forfeit Troy Seymour (Oswego St.)

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

Brandon Conrad (Lycoming) dec. Miller, 4-2

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