Wrestling: Perfect Again; #6 Mount Union Finishes 2018 10-0 After Kalahari Duals

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

SANDUSKY, Ohio – No. 6 Mount Union wrestling went undefeated at the Kalahari Duals hosted by Heidelberg University Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders close out 2018 with an overall record of 10-0 after winning duals against No. 17 Olivet (Mich.) (25-12), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (20-18), Waynesburg (Pa.) (38-15) and Thomas More (Ky.) (34-12). 

Mount Union had six wrestlers finish the day with perfect records with sophomore 149-pounder Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley) going 4-0. Hernandez recorded three decision and a technical fall against Waynesburg's Jaeden Gordon, 21-5 (5:48).

No. 10 ranked 133-pounder Jordin James (Bedford) went 3-0 with three technical falls while Leondre Cooley (Sandusky) had a major decision against Thomas More. 

At 157 pounds, No. 8 Antwon Pugh Jr. (Fairlawn/Copley) and Kyle Jenkins (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) split the difference to each go 2-0 with a pin, technical fall and two decisions.

Jairod James (Bedford), the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the 184 pound weight class, also went 2-0 with a major decision. 

Mount Union will return to action after the New Year at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in Louisville, Ky. taking place January 4-5.

Match-by-Match Results

#6 Mount Union vs. #17 Olivet (Mich.) (W, 25-12)   #6 Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (W, 20-18)
125: Cameron Mahlich (OLIVET) over Nolan Wochna (MTU), Pin 2:38   125: AJ Schoenfuss (UWO) over Nolan Wochna (MTU), MD 14-5
133: #10 Jordin James (MTU) over Reese Wallis (OLIVET), TF 16-0 [2:25]   133: #10 Jordin James (MTU) over Zack McDowell (UWO), TF 17-1 [3:52]
141: David Massey (MTU) over Andrew Castaneda (OLIVET), Dec 4-1   141: Wesam Alabed (UWO) over David Massey (MTU), Dec 4-3
149: Luke Hernandez (MTU) over Hunter Murphy (OLIVET), Dec 3-1   149: Luke Hernandez (MTU) over Shane Dziadosz (UWO), Dec 11-4
157: #8 Antwon Pugh Jr. (MTU) over Cole Hersch (OLIVET), Dec 4-3   157: #8 Antwon Pugh Jr. (MTU) over Dellas Vandenberg (UWO), TF 17-0 [2:45]
165: Michael McIntire (MTU) over Tyler Grimsley (OLIVET), Dec 12-6   165: #4 Mark Choinski (UWO) over Michael McIntire (MTU), MD 12-3
174: #2 Jairod James (Mount Union) over Haydn Kinjorski (OLIVET), Dec 6-2   174: Conner Homan (MTU) over Bryce Herlache (UWO), Dec 11-7
184: Tyler Stepic (MTU) over over Kamyab Kamali (OLIVET), TF 20-5 [6:03]   184: #2 Jairod James (MTU) over Colten Cashmore (UWO), MD 11-3
197: Jacob Harvey (OLIVET) over Landon Talbert (MTU), Dec 7-0   197: Beau Yineman (UWO) over Tyler Stepic (MTU), MD 18-6
285: Owen Miller (OLIVET) over Nick Corvo (MTU), Dec 5-2   285: Jordan Lemcke (UWO) over Nick Corvo (MTU), Dec 4-1
#6 Mount Union vs. Waynesburg (Pa.) (W, 38-15)   #6 Mount Union vs. Thomas More (Ky.) (W, 34-12)
125: Nolan Wochna (MTU) over Dylan Williams (WAYN), TF 16-0 [3:49]   125: Nolan Wochna (MTU) over Jimmy Murphy (TMC), MD 13-2
133: #10 Jordin James (MTU) over Tyler Williams (WAYN), TF 15-0 [1:32]   133: Leondre Cooley (MTU) over Kelby Gay (TMC), MD 14-3
141: David Massey (MTU) over Riley Holsinger (WAYN), Pin 4:05   141: David Massey (MTU) over Kenny Byers (TMC), TF 16-1 [5:29]
149: Luke Hernandez (MTU) over Jaeden Gordon (WAYN), TF 21-5 [5:48]   149: Luke Hernandez (MTU) over Cody Roland (TMC), Dec 11-7
157: Kyle Jenkins (MTU) over Zach Mackall (WAYN), Pin 5:15   157: Kyle Jenkins (MTU) over Garren Moody (TMC), Dec 5-2
165: Michael McIntire (MTU) over Matthew Claxton (WAYN), Pin 3:51   165: Michael McIntire (MTU) by forfeit
174: Dillon Charlton (WAYN) over Conner Homan (MTU), Dec 14-10   174: Daylan Bailey (TMC) over Logan Toth (MTU), Inj. 4:29
184: Tyler Stepic (MTU) over Adam Rigney (WAYN), TF 17-1 [7:00]    184: Avery Jones (TMC) over George Lassnick (MTU), Pin 1:57
197: Mike Mahon (WAYN) over Jaden Mendeluk (MTU), Pin 5:18   197: Landon Talbert (MTU) over James Caniglia (TMC), Dec 4-2
285: #1 Jake Evans (WAYN) over Assante Ndongo (MTU), Pin 2:33   285: Assante Ndongo (MTU) over Tyler Kassinger (TMC), Pin 4:02