Wrestling: #7 Mount Union Holds Third Place at NCAA Central Regional

Michael McIntire (Photo by Jill Martin)
Michael McIntire (Photo by Jill Martin)

NCAA DIII Central Regional Tournament Site

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The No. 7 Mount Union wrestling team currently sits in third place out of 19 teams after the first day of competition at the NCAA Division III Central Regional at Wabash College.

With 80 points, the Purple Raiders are 14 points behind first place No. 5 Baldwin Wallace (94) and 11.5 points behind second place host No. 4 Wabash (91.5). No. 15 Olivet (Mich.) is fourth with 70 points to trail Mount Union by 10.

Six Mount Union wrestlers are still standing in their championship brackets in No. 1 Jordin James (Bedford) at 133 pounds, David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) at 141, No. 10 Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley) at 149, No. 6 Antwon Pugh (Fairlawn/Copley) at 157, Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/St. Vincent-St. Mary) at 165 and No. 2 Jairod James (Bedford) at 174.

Sophomore Nolan Wochna (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and freshman Landon Talbert (Salem/Crestview) continue competion in the consolation rounds at 125 and 197 pounds, respectively.

Each Mount Union wrestler is set to place in the top eight within their weight classes. The top three finishers per weight class will advance to the NCAA Division III Championships taking place March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.

Wrestling at the regional tournament will resume Saturday with matches starting at 10 a.m.

Mount Union Individual Results - Day 1, February 22

 125 - Nolan Wochna

  • Champ. Round 1: Wochna over Pacer Quire (Heidelberg), Pin 5:49
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: No. 8 Jordan Burkholder (Muskingum) over Wochna, Dec 5-0
  • Consolation Round 2: Wochna over Adam Kates (Case Western Reserve), MD 10-2
  • Consolation Quarterfinals: Rosendo Beltran (Defiance)

 133 - No. 1 Jordin James

  • Champ. Round 1: James over Elijuh Phillips (Manchester), TF 21-5 [5:14]
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: James over Reese Wallis (Olivet), MD 17-5
  • Champ. Semifinals: Jackson Lakso (Otterbein)

 141 - David Massey

  • Champ. Round 1: Massey over Andrew Castaneda (Olivet), MD 9-1
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: Massey over Tanner McHugh (Baldwin Wallace), Dec 7-2
  • Champ. Semifinals: No. 4 Brendan Ladd (Alma)

 149 - No. 10 Luke Hernandez

  • Champ. Round 1: Hernandez over Michael Duzzny (Otterbein), TF 20-5 [5:39]
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: Hernandez over JaVon Phillips (Manchester), Dec 10-4
  • Champ. Semifinals: No. 4 Stanley Bleich (Baldwin Wallace)

 157 - No. 6 Antwon Pugh

  • Prelims: Pugh over Jayce Kuehnlein (Alma), MD 15-3
  • Champ. Round 1: Pugh over Zach Altman (Adrian), Pin 0:30
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: Pugh over Bryce Wittman (Ohio Wesleyan), MD 16-2
  • Champ. Semifinals: Cole Hersch (Olivet)

 165 - Michael McIntire

  • Champ. Round 1: McIntire over Micah Mydloski (Heidelberg), TF 17-0 [3:44]
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: McIntire over Jimmy Traub (Thomas More), MD 11-3
  • Champ. Semifinals: No. 10 Kyle Hatch (Wabash)

 174 - No. 2 Jairod James

  • Champ. Round 1: James over Shane Stits (Manchester), TF 16-0 [1:49]
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: James over Donny Didion (Otterbein), MD 17-5
  • Champ. Semifinals: Haydn Kinjorski (Olivet)

 184 - Rob Valenti (1-2)

  • Champ. Round 1: Valenti over Brian Kent (Case Western Reserve), Pin 4:39
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: No. 5 Dylan Roth (Heidelberg) over Valenti, MD 14-2
  • Consolation Round 2: Cash Thompson (Ohio Northern) over Valenti, Dec 12-5

 197 - Landon Talbert

  • Champ. Round 1: Talbert over Gavin Dersh-Fisher (Case Western Reserve), Pin 3:00
  • Champ. Quarterfinals: Tyler Hammack (Heidelberg) over Talbert, Dec 12-5
  • Consolation Round 2: Talbert over Christopher Mueller (Ohio Northern), Dec 4-0
  • Consolation Quarterfinals: Levi Miller (Wabash)

 285 - Nick Corvo (0-2)

  • Prelims: Antonio Zapata (Muskingum) over Corvo, Pin 1:34
  • Prelims: Ethan Simmons (Trine) over Corvo, Dec 11-5