Wrestling: Record Setting Day Puts #7 Raiders First at NCAA Central Regional

Antwon Pugh (Photo by Ed Hall Jr.)
Antwon Pugh (Photo by Ed Hall Jr.)

ADRIAN, Mich. -- A record setting day with all 10 wrestlers placing has the No. 7 ranked Mount Union wrestling team first after day one of the NCAA Central Regional Friday at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.

Six wrestlers are in the championship bracket semifinals in their respective weight classes in Seth Hayes (Rootstown) at 125, David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls / Woodridge) at 133, Jordin James (Bedford) at 141, Luke Hernandez (Nashport / Tri-Valley) at 149, Antwon Pugh (Copley) at 165 and Grant Martin (Hartville / Lake) at 285.

Pugh and Martin each advanced on a pair of pins, James had a tech fall and a major decision, Massey and Hernandez both got overtime wins in their first matches while Hayes picked up a pin as well.

Mount Union's other four wrestlers - Michael McIntire (Wadsworth / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) at 157, Conner Homan (Loveland) at 174, George Lassnick (Painesville / Lake Catholic) at 184 and Landon Talbert (Salem / Crestview) at 197 all are still alive in the consolation bracket.

The top four placers in weight class after tomorrow will advance to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In the team standings, Mount Union has 90.0 points which is 3.5 ahead of second place No. 9 Baldwin Wallace. No. 4 ranked Wabash (Ind.) is in third with 75.5 while No. 19 ranked John Carroll (69.5) and Olivet (Mich.) with 67.5 round out the top five. 

125 - Seth Hayes 

Champ. Round 1 - Seth Hayes (Mount Union) won by decision over Joshua Stephenson (Manchester) (Dec 5-2)
Quarterfinal - Seth Hayes (Mount Union) won by fall over Camden Spears (Ohio Northern) (Fall 2:46)

133 - David Massey 

Champ. Round 1 - David Massey (Mount Union) won in overtime over Jacob Frisch (CWRU) (SV-1 8-6)
Quarterfinal - David Massey (Mount Union) won by decision over Tariq Hornbuckle (Mt. St. Joseph) (Dec 4-2)

141 - No. 2 Jordin James 

Champ. Round 1 - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by tech fall over Santino DiSabato (Otterbein) (TF-1.5 5:06 (17-2))
Quarterfinal - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by major decision over JaVon Phillips (Manchester) (MD 13-5)

149 - No. 5 Luke Hernandez 

Champ. Round 1 - Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) won in overtime over Riley Rasler (Trine) (SV-1 4-2)
Quarterfinal - Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) won by decision over Drew Mandell (Olivet) (Dec 14-7)

157 - Michael McIntire  

Champ. Round 1 - Mitchell Arch (CWRU) won by fall over Michael McIntire (Mount Union) (Fall 2:52)
Cons. Round 1 - Michael McIntire (Mount Union) won by fall over Richard Bogetich (Heidelberg) (Fall 2:38)
Cons. Round 2 - Michael McIntire (Mount Union) won by fall over Andy Posledni (Wabash) (Fall 0:34)

165 - No. 8 (at 157) Antwon Pugh

Champ. Round 1 - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by fall over Zach Mason (Muskingum) (Fall 0:11)
Quarterfinal - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by fall over Derick Duvall (Adrian) (Fall 1:29)

174 - Conner Homan 

Champ. Round 1 - Owen Guilford (Olivet) won by major decision over Conner Homan (Mount Union) (MD 16-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Conner Homan (Mount Union) won by fall over Carter Layton (Muskingum) (Fall 4:57)
Cons. Round 2 - Conner Homan (Mount Union) won by decision over Joey Bradberry (Otterbein) (Dec 2-1)

184 - George Lassnick 

Champ. Round 1 - George Lassnick (Mount Union) won by fall over Shane Stits (Manchester) (Fall 4:36)
Quarterfinal - #6 Dylan Roth (Heidelberg) won by major decision over George Lassnick (Mount Union) (MD 13-3)
Cons. Round 2 - George Lassnick (Mount Union) won by fall over Stephen Andryc (CWRU) (Fall 1:03)

197 - Landon Talbert 

Champ. Round 1 - Landon Talbert (Mount Union) won by major decision over Jasper Donaldson (Manchester) (MD 15-3)
Quarterfinal - Cash Thompson (Ohio Northern) won by decision over Landon Talbert (Mount Union) (Dec 3-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Landon Talbert (Mount Union) won by tech fall over Austin Fox (Alma) (TF-1.5 6:48 (18-0))

285 - Grant Martin 

Champ. Round 1 - Grant Martin (Mount Union) won by fall over Logan Painter (Ohio Northern) (Fall 1:05)
Quarterfinal - Grant Martin (Mount Union) won by fall over Josh Stasek (John Carroll) (Fall 4:09)