Wrestling: #6 Mount Union Splits on Day One at NWCA National Duals

Antwon Pugh (Photo by Jill Martin)
Antwon Pugh (Photo by Jill Martin)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 6 ranked Mount Union went 1-1 during the first day of competition at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals.

The Purple Raiders (11-1, 2-0 OAC) defeated No. 13 ranked Roger Williams (R.I.) 31-10 in the second round after receiving a first round bye and then fell to No. 3 ranked Johnson & Wales (R.I.) in a close 21-18 match in the quarterfinals.

Senior Jairod James (Bedford) and sophomores Jordin James (Bedford) and Antwon Pugh Jr. (Fairlawn/Copley) all went 2-0 on the day as they collected two technical falls, two major decisions, a pin and a decision in their respective matches.

Also scoring bonus points was freshman Landon Talbert (Salem/Crestview) with a 12-2 major decision against Roger Williams and sophomore Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/St. Vincent-St. Mary) with a pin at 2:37 against Johnson & Wales.

Mount Union is now in the consolation bracket and will face the winner of the University of Chicago and No. 9 York College (Pa.) Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

#6 Mount Union 31, #13 Roger Williams (R.I.) 10   #3 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 21, #6 Mount Union 18
125: Kyle Kaiser (RWU) over Nolan Wochna (MTU), Dec 2-0   125: #2 Jay Albis (JWU) over Nolan Wochna (MTU), TF 16-0
133: #9 Jordin James (MTU) over Jon Mejia (RWU), TF 17-1   133: #9 Jordin James (MTU) over Bobby Jordan (JWU), MD 12-4 
141: David Massey (MTU) over Chris Fuschetto (RWU), Dec 3-2   141: #7 Joseph Ferinde (JWU) over David Massey (MTU), Dec 4-1  
149: Tyler Gazaway (RWU) over Luke Hernandez (MTU), MD 11-3   149: #3 Da'Mani Burns (JWU) over Luke Hernandez (MTU), Dec 6-2
157: Antwon Pugh (MTU) over Jack Kelly (RWU), Pin 2:04   157: Antwon Pugh (MTU) over Thomas Grippi (JWU), Dec 11-6 
165: #4 Taylor Shay (RWU) over Michael McIntire, Dec 6-3   165: Michael McIntire (MTU) over Adrian Gonzalez (JWU), Pin 2:37
174: #2 Jairod James (MTU) over Brett Leonard (RWU), MD 18-5   174: Michael Gargano (JWU) over Conner Homan (MTU), Dec 6-4
184: Tyler Stepic (MTU) over Ryan DeLoach (RWU), Dec 7-5   184: Jairod James (MTU) over Ryan DeVivo (JWU), TF 18-3 
197: Landon Talbert (MTU) over Anthony Malfitano (RWU), MD 12-2   197: Khamri Thomas (JWU) over Tyler Stepic (MTU), Dec 5-0
285: Grant Martin (MTU) wins by forfeit   285: Michael DiNardo (JWU) over Landon Talbert (MTU), MD 9-1