Wrestling: #7 Raiders Post Five National Qualifiers; Place Second at NCAA Regional

Jordin James (Photo by Jill Martin)
Jordin James (Photo by Jill Martin)

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The No. 7 ranked Mount Union wrestling team had five national qualifiers as part of 10 placers as the Purple Raiders placed second in the team standings at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday at Adrian College.

The five national qualifiers advance to the NCAA Division III Championships March 13-14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jordin James (Bedford) claimed a regional title for the second straight as this year the junior claimed the 141 pound title with an injury default win in the second period over Jarrod Brezovec of John Carroll. 

Fellow junior Antwon Pugh (Copley) placed second at 165 pounds after losing a close 7-6 decision to nationally ranked No. 1 Kyle Hatch.

Seth Hayes (Rootstown) got beat in the semifinals then the senior came back through the consolation bracket and qualified for nationals with a 3-2 win over No. 1 ranked Carlos Champagne of Wabash to place third at 125 pounds.

David Massey (Cuyahoga Falls / Woodridge) also lost in the semifinals and the sophomore won two matches in the consolation bracket including a 3-2 win over Reese Wallis to place third.

Senior Conner Homan (Loveland) took a loss in his opening match then won five matches in a row capped off by a 3-2 win over Lucas Salmon of Baldwin Wallace to finish third.

The other five Mount Union wrestlers in the event also placed as senior Grant Martin (Hartville / Lake) was beat on a tie-breaker 6-4 to place fourth at 285 to just miss being a national qualifier, junior George Lassnick (Painesville / Lake Catholic) was fifth at 184 pounds, junior Luke Hernandez (Nashport / Tri-Valley) was sixth at 149 pounds, junior Michael McIntire (Wadsworth / Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) was seventh at 157 pounds and sophomore Landon Talbert (Salem / Crestview) was eighth at 197 pounds.

The Raiders tallied 146 points which was just eight points behind regional champion Baldwin Wallace (154).    

125 - Seth Hayes - 3rd

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)
Semifinal - #6 Andrew Perelka (John Carroll) won by decision over Seth Hayes (Mount Union) (Dec 9-8)
Cons. Semi - Seth Hayes (Mount Union) won by decision over Chase Beecher (Alma) (Dec 6-3)
3rd Place Match - Seth Hayes (Mount Union) won by decision over #1 Carlos Champagne (Wabash) (Dec 3-2)

133 - David Massey - 3rd

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)
Semifinal - Seth Transue (Ohio Northern) won by decision over David Massey (Mount Union) (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Semi - David Massey (Mount Union) won by decision over Mason Brainard (Heidelberg) (Dec 9-5)
3rd Place Match - David Massey (Mount Union) won by decision over Reese Wallis (Olivet) (Dec 3-2)

141 - No. 2 Jordin James - 1st

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)
Semifinal - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by decision over Jeff Andrews (Ohio Northern) (Dec 9-4)
1st Place Match - Jordin James (Mount Union) won by injury default over Jarrod Brezovec (John Carroll) (Inj. 3:40)

149 - No. 5 Luke Hernandez - 6th

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)
Semifinal - #6 Stanley Bleich (Baldwin Wallace) won by decision over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Semi - Alex Barr (Wabash) won by fall over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (Fall 3:00)
5th Place Match - Patrick McGraw (John Carroll) won by injury default over Luke Hernandez (Mount Union) (Inj. 0:00)

157 - Michael McIntire - 7th

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)
Cons. Round 3 - Schuyler Caprella (Ohio Northern) won by decision over Michael McIntire (Mount Union) (Dec 3-2)
7th Place Match - Michael McIntire (Mount Union) won by fall over Mitchell Arch (CWRU) (Fall 1:35)

165 - No. 8 (at 157) Antwon Pugh - 2nd

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)
Semifinal - Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) won by fall over Luke Reicosky (John Carroll) (Fall 2:11)
1st Place Match - #1 Kyle Hatch (Wabash) won by decision over Antwon Pugh (Mount Union) (Dec 7-6)

174 - Conner Homan - 3rd

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)
Cons. Round 3 - Conner Homan (Mount Union) won by decision over Bryant Moore (Adrian) (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Semi - Conner Homan (Mount Union) won by decision over Owen Guilford (Olivet) (Dec 5-4)
3rd Place Match - Conner Homan (Mount Union) won by decision over Lucas Salmon (Baldwin Wallace) (Dec 3-2)

184 - George Lassnick -5th

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)
Cons. Round 3 - George Lassnick (Mount Union) won by fall over Kyle Emery (Adrian) (Fall 2:55)
Cons. Semi - Doug Byrne (Baldwin Wallace) won by fall over George Lassnick (Mount Union) (Fall 3:50)
5th Place Match - George Lassnick (Mount Union) won by major decision over Luke Carver (Trine) (MD 10-0)

197 - Landon Talbert - 8th

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))
Cons. Round 3 - Cameron Sauerwein (Mt. St. Joseph) won by decision over Landon Talbert (Mount Union) (Dec 6-4)
7th Place Match - Jack Heldt (Wabash) won by decision over Landon Talbert (Mount Union) (Dec 4-1)

285 - Grant Martin - 4th

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)
Semifinal - Max Bishop (Wabash) won by decision over Grant Martin (Mount Union) (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Semi - Grant Martin (Mount Union) won by fall over Dominick Wilson (Olivet) (Fall 1:51)
3rd Place Match - Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) won in tie breaker over Grant Martin (Mount Union) (TB-1 6-4)