Wrestling: #7 Mount Union Finishes First at Wheaton for First-Ever Team Title

#7 Mount Union wins first-ever Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational team title (Photo courtesy of Wheaton Athletics)
#7 Mount Union wins first-ever Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational team title (Photo courtesy of Wheaton Athletics)

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WHEATON, Ill. -- The No. 7 ranked Mount Union wrestling team finished in first place out of 38 teams to win the 2019 Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational for the first time in program history.

With 135 total points and six placers, the Purple Raiders finished 29.5 points ahead of second place team and No. 11 ranked North Central (Ill.).

No. 2 ranked sophmore Jordin James (Bedford), sophomore Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley), No. 9 ranked sophomore Antwon Pugh (Fairlawn/Copley) and No. 2 ranked senior Jairod James (Bedford) all claimed first place finishes in their respective weight classes.

At 133 pounds, Jordin James recorded a fall, technical fall, a major decision and two decisions; defeating No. 7 ranked Josh Stenger (Wisconsin-La Crosse) in his final match, 6-4.

Hernandez won the 149-pound weight class after back-to-back victories over ranked opponents. In the quarterfinals, Hernandez defeated long-time conference foe No. 4 Stanley Bleich (Baldwin Wallace) by sudden victory, 3-1, and went on to take down No. 2 Zachary Cooper (Alma) by decision, 6-3, in the semifinals. 

Pugh pinned his way through the first two rounds, followed by a pair of major decisions to make it to the championship bout at 157 pounds. Pugh went on to defeat No. 7 ranked Bradan Birt (Millikin) in a thrilling 5-4 decision.

Jairod James also faced ranked opponents in back-to-back matches at 174 pounds; winning by technical fall against No. 10 Blake Rosenbaum (Ferrum) in the semifinals and then by decision, 11-4, over No. 9 Kyle Peisker (Chicago) to win the weight class.

Freshman 141-pounder David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) and sophomore 165-pounder Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) also placements for Mount Union; Massey going 6-2 to take fifth while McIntire went 5-3 to place eighth. 

The Raiders will be back in action for their final dual match against Muskingum Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in New Concord. 

2018 Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational  - Team Standings 

1. #7 Mount Union 135.0
2. #11 North Central (Ill.) 105.5
3. #5 Baldwin Wallace 98.0
4. #14 Wisconsin-Whitewater 91.5
5. Wisconsin-Platteville 84.0
6. #15 Olivet (Mich.) 80.5
7. #9 Wisconsin-La Crosse 79.5
8. #23 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 76.5
9. #16 Millikin (Ill.) 74.5
10. Otterbein 70.0
11. #19 Ferrum (Va.) 67.5
12. Manchester (Ind.) 63.0
13. Elmhurst (Ill.) 61.5
14. John Carroll 58.0
15. #18 Chicago 57.0
16. Heidelberg  56.0
17. Messiah (Pa.) 47.5
18. Wheaton (Ill.) 45.5
19. Adrian (Mich.) 41.5
20. Buena Vista (Iowa) 39.0
21. #24 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 34.0
22. Alma (Mich.) 33.5
23. Trine (Ind.) 32.5
24. Nebraska Wesleyan 31.5
25. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 27.5
26. Mount St. Joseph 26.5
27. Ohio Northern 26.0
28. Thomas More (Ky.) 23.5
29. Milwaukee School of Engineering 22.5
30. Muskingum 20.5
31. Case Western Reserve 17.5
32. Augustana (Ill.) 16.5
33. Dubuque (Iowa) 15.5
34. Pacific (Ore.) 12.5
35. Defiance 10.0
36. Concordia (Wis.) 9.0
37. Elizabethtown (Pa.) 6.5
38. MacMurray (Ill.) 3.0