Wrestling: Raiders Open Season with Second Place Finish at Adrian

Luke Hernandez (Photo by Jill Martin)
Luke Hernandez (Photo by Jill Martin)

ADRIAN, Mich. -- No. 13 Mount Union finished in second place at the 2nd Annual Adrian College Invitational Saturday as they opened the 2018-19 season.

The Purple Raiders recorded 169 points, putting them just behind first place No. 5 Wasbash (Ind.) with 170 and ahead of third place Ohio Athletic Conference opponent John Carroll who had 159 points.

With 17 placers, the Raiders were led by sophomores Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley), George Lassnick (Painesville/Lake Catholic), Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and freshman David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) who all tabbed second place finishes in their respective weight classes. 

Hernandez opened the invite at 149 with a huge victory against nationally-ranked No. 8 Jarrad Lasko (John Carroll) by decision 11-4.

An hour north of Adrian College, senior 174-pounder No. 1 Jairod James (Bedford/Bedford) competed in the Michigan State Open. After falling early to No. 2 Darden Schurg (Wabash) by decision 4-3, James wrestled back through consolations to place fifth.

Mount Union returns home Saturday, November 10 as hosts of the Mount Union Invitational.

Mount Union Placers Team Results  
125: Seth Hayes, 6th 1. #5 Wabash (Ind.) 170.0
125: Luke Hewitt, 7th 2. #13 Mount Union 169.0
133: Jordin James, 3rd 3. John Carroll 159.0
141: David Massey, 2nd 4. Heidelberg 94.0
141: Cole Bailey, 5th 5. Adrian (Mich.) 89.0
141: Dakota McCloskey, 6th 6. Lourdes  69.0
149: Luke Hernandez, 2nd 7. Toledo 64.0
157: Dylan Miller, 5th 8. Thiel (Pa.) 58.0
157: Kyle Jenkins, 6th 9. Ohio Wesleyan 28.5
165: Michael McIntire, 2nd 10. Henry Ford (Mich.) 23.5
174: Conner Homan, 4th 11. Defiance 17.5
184: George Lassnick, 2nd 12. Wilmington 3.5
184: Jaden Mendeluk, 6th    
184: Rob Valenti, 7th    
197: Landon Talbert, 3rd    
197: Tyler Stepic, 5th    
285: Grant Martin, 6th    
     
Mount Union Individual Results    
     

Jairod James at Michigan State Open

  • Champ. Round 1: #1 James major dec. Sage Castillo (Central Michigan), 12-4
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: #2 Darden Shurg (Wabash) dec. #1 James, 4-3
  • Cons. Round 2: #1 James dec. Joseph Terry (Ohio University), 7-0
  • Cons. Round 3: #1 James dec. Jake Hendricks (Pennsylvania), 8-3
  • Cons. Semifinals: Drew Hughes (Unat. Michigan State) pin #1 James, 4:04
  • 5th Place Match: #1 James dec. Collin Lieber (Central Michigan), 7-1