Wrestling: #6 Mount Union Takes Team Title at Messiah Petrofes with 15 Placers

Photo by Jill Martin
Photo by Jill Martin

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - No. 6 Mount Union wrestling took first place at the 2018 Messiah Petrofes Invitational Saturday at Messiah College.

The Purple Raiders tallied 218 points, which was 60 points ahead of second place and host team No. 23 Messiah (Pa.)

With 15 placers, Mount Union had four first place finishers in No. 10 ranked sophomore Jordin James (Bedford) at 133 pounds, freshman David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) at 141, sophomore Antwon Pugh Jr. (Fairlawn/Copley) at 157 and sophomore Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/St. Vincent-St. Mary) at 165.

In his 5-0 campaign at 141 pounds, Massey took down No. 9 ranked Austin Sherman from Muhlenberg in an overtime thriller, 3-1.

Freshman Tyler Stepic (Brook Park/St. Edward) also placed in his respective championship bracket with a second place finish at 197 pounds.

Mount Union collected placements in all ten weight classes with three third places, one fourth place, two sixth places, three seventh's and an eighth place finish.

Next up, the Raiders will compete at the Kalahari Duals in Sandusky, Ohio Saturday December 15.

2018 Messiah Petrofes Invitational - Team Scores     Mount Union Placers Mount Union Individual Results
1. #6 Mount Union 218.0   125: Seth Hayes, 3rd  
2. #23 Messiah (Pa.) 158.0   125: Luke Hewitt, 7th  
3. Muhlenberg (Pa.) 116.5   133: Jordin James, 1st  
4. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 103.5   133: Leondre Cooley, 8th  
5. Springfield (Mass.) 99.0   141: David Massey, 1st  
6. #22 Gettysburg (Pa.) 90.5   149: Luke Hernandez, 3rd  
7. Waynesburg (Pa.) 80.5   157: Antwon Pugh Jr., 1st  
8. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.) 76.5   165: Michael McIntire, 1st  
9. Pennsylvania College of Technology 68.5   174: Conner Homan, 4th  
10. Greensboro (N.C.) 61.0   184: Rob Valenti, 3rd  
11. King's College (Pa.) 41.5   184: Jaden Mendeluk, 6th  
12. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Pa.) 40.5   184: George Lassnick, 6th  
13. West Virginia Tech 36.5   197: Tyler Stepic, 2nd  
14. Bridgewater State (Mass.) 18.0   197: Nick Corvo, 7th  
15. Penn State-Mont Alto 1.0   285: Grant Martin, 6th