Wrestling: #7 Mount Union Places Third at NCAA Central Regional; Four Qualify for Nationals

Left to right: Antwon Pugh, Jordin James, Luke Hernandez, Jairod James
Left to right: Antwon Pugh, Jordin James, Luke Hernandez, Jairod James

Full Results

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. –- No. 7 ranked Mount Union had eight wrestlers place and finished third as a team at the NCAA Central Regional at Wabash College.

No. 1 Jordin James (Bedford), No. 6 Antwon Pugh (Fairlawn/Copley) and No. 2 Jairod James were all dubbed regional champions at 133, 157 and 174 pounds. With a second place finish was No. 10 Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley) in the 149 pound weight class.

All four wrestlers have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships that will be taking place March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Michael McIntire (Wadsworth/St. Vincent-St.Mary) fell in the consolation final that would have sent him to the national tournament for a fourth place finish.

Sophomore 125-pounder Nolan Wochna (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) along with the freshman duo of 141-pounder David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) and 197-pounder Landon Talbert (Salem/Crestview) wrapped up the placers for Mount Union each taking fifth.

As a team, the Purple Raiders tallied 144 total points which was 2.5 points behind second place and No. 5 ranked Baldwin Wallace (146.5) and 12.5 points behind region champ and No. 4 ranked Wabash (Ind.).

Mount Union Individual Results

 125 - Nolan Wochna (4-2: 5th Place)

  • 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: Wochna over Rosendo Beltran (Defiance), Dec 4-3
  • Consolation Semifinals: No. 4 Carlos Champagne (Wabash) over Wochna, MD 15-1
  • 5th Place Match: Wochna over Seth Transue (Ohio Northern), SV-1 8-6

 133 - No. 1 Jordin James (4-0: 1st Place)

  • 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: James over Jackson Lakso (Otterbein), Pin 3:23
  • Champ. Finals: James over No. 6 Charlie Nash (Baldwin Wallace), Dec 11-6

 141 - David Massey (3-2: 5th Place)

  • 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) over Massey, Dec 4-2
  • Consolation Semifinals: Riley Lomencik (Wabash) over Massey, Dec 4-2
  • 5th Place Match: Massey over Tanner McHugh (Baldwin Wallace), Dec 5-2

 149 - No. 10 Luke Hernandez (3-1: 1st Place)

  • 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: Hernandez over No. 4 Stanley Bleich (Baldwin Wallace), SV-1 5-3
  • Champ. Finals: No. 2 Zachary Cooper (Alma) over Hernandez, Dec 1-0

 157 - No. 6 Antwon Pugh (5-0: 1st Place)

  • 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: Pugh over Cole Hersch (Olivet), Dec 11-8
  • Champ. Finals: Pugh over Jared Timberman (Wabash), Dec 8-6

 165 - Michael McIntire (3-2: 4th Place)

  • 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) over McIntire, Pin 0:35
  • Consolation Semifinals: McIntire over Isaac Collier (Case Western Reserve), Pin 4:30
  • 3rd Place Match: Sam Gross (John Carroll) over McIntire, Dec 4-0

 174 - No. 2 Jairod James (4-0: 1st Place)

  • 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: James over Haydn Kinjorski (Olivet), Dec 9-2
  • Champ. Finals: James over No. 1 Darden Schurg (Wabash), MFF

 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 (4-2: 5th Place)

  • 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: Talbert over Levi Miller (Wabash), Pin 5:00
  • Consolation Semifinals: Cobrin Bunsold (Otterbein) over Talbert, Dec 10-4
  • 5th Place Match: Talbert over Austin Fox (Alma), Pin 2:40

 285 - Nick Corvo (0-2)

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