Wrestling: Raiders Post Best Finish Ever at NCAA Championships; Jordin James Wins 133 Title

Jordin James (Larry Radloff, D3photography.com)
Jordin James (Larry Radloff, D3photography.com)

ROANOKE, Va. -- Mount Union sophomore Jordin James (Bedford) won the 133-pound title and the Purple Raiders placed fifth as a team at the 2019 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships Saturday at the Berglund Center.

Mount Union tallied 58.5 points which was just one point behind fourth place Ithaca (N.Y.) and a spot on the podium. Augsburg scored 130 points to win its 13th national title, Loras (Iowa) was in second with 66 points and Johnson & Wales (R.I.) was third with 63 points. The fifth place finish was the Raiders highest finish and sixth top-10 finish all-time.

James posted a 9-7 win over Ben Vosters of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to become the program's third-ever individual national champion joining his brother Jairod at 174 pounds a year ago and Dan Bobish at heavyweight in 1992. 

Sophomore Antwon Pugh (Fairlawn/Copley) and senior Jairod James (Bedford) both finished as runner-ups in their respective brackets. 

Pugh fell victim to a series of stalling calls that ended his match against the defending national champion Ryan Epps of Augsburg at 157 pounds. It was Pugh's only loss of the season as he finished as an All-American at 37-1.

James failed to defend his 174 pound title from a year ago as he fell 5-3 in overtime to Darden Schurg of Wabash in the 174-pound bout. James' only losses this season to an NCAA Division III wrestler were a pair of losses to Schurg.

Sophmore Luke Hernandez (Nashport/Tri-Valley) was the Raiders fourth All-American with an eighth place finish in the consolation bracket falling in overtime to Ryan Snow of Brockport State (N.Y.) in the seventh place match.

2019 NCAA Division III Championship Results for Mount Union

133 - Jordin James (41-1) 

  • Champ. Round 1 - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by tech fall over Levi Englman (Ferrum) (TF 3:33 (18-1))
  • Quarterfinal - Jordin James (Mount Union) won in sudden victory over Jake Giordano (TCNJ) (SV-1 13-11)
  • Semifinal - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by decision over Yoseph Borai (Stevens Institute Of Technology) (Dec 8-1)
  • 1st Place Match - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by decision over Ben Vosters (Wis.-Stevens Point) (Dec 9-7)

149 - Luke Hernandez (31-12) 

  • Champ. Round 1 - Alex Wilson (Augsburg) won by decision over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (Dec 6-3)
  • Cons. Round 1 - Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) won by decision over Kevin Kelly (Loras)  (Dec 5-2)
  • Cons. Round 2 - Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) won by fall over Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) (Fall 4:29)
  • Cons. Round 3 - Zachary Cooper (Alma) won by decision over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (Dec 16-11)
  • 7th Place Match - Ryan Snow (Brockport) won in sudden victory over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (SV-1 8-6)

157 - Antwon Pugh (37-1) 

  • Champ. Round 1 - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by decision over Christopher Muce (Centenary (NJ)) (Dec 10-3)
  • Quarterfinal - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by decision over Brandon Murray (Loras)  (Dec 5-1)
  • Semifinal - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by decision over Cross Cannone (Wartburg)  (Dec 6-5)
  • 1st Place Match - Ryan Epps (Augsburg) won by disqualification over Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) 

174 - Jairod James (39-5) 

  • Champ. Round 1 - Jairod James (Mount Union) won by injury default over Colin Kowalski (Gettysburg) (Inj. 4:20)
  • Quarterfinal - Jairod James (Mount Union) won by decision over Tanner Vassar (Augsburg) (Dec 8-4)
  • Semifinal - Jairod James (Mount Union) won by decision over Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) (Dec 5-4)
  • 1st Place Match - Darden Schurg (Wabash) won in sudden victory over Jairod James (Mount Union) (SV-1 5-3)