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)
133 - No. 1 Jordin James (4-0: 1st Place)
141 - David Massey (3-2: 5th Place)
149 - No. 10 Luke Hernandez (3-1: 1st Place)
157 - No. 6 Antwon Pugh (5-0: 1st Place)
165 - Michael McIntire (3-2: 4th Place)
174 - No. 2 Jairod James (4-0: 1st Place)
184 - Rob Valenti (1-2)
197 - Landon Talbert (4-2: 5th Place)
285 - Nick Corvo (0-2)