Coe cruises by Matman Invite field
Locke, Burkle win titles to hold off second-place Cornell (Iowa)
CORNELL, Iowa -- Coe crowned two champions and had three runner-ups, as it ran away with the team title at Cornell's Matman Invite. Coe scored 153 points, beating Cornell by 36 points for the title.
Top-ranked Wartburg placed fourth with 94 points, while second-ranked Augsburg was seventh with 67 points. Third-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse was 13th with 36 points.
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At 125 pounds, sophomore Jimmy Gotto ran his win-streak to 10 matches before falling 9-5 to eighth-ranked Tim Hood of Cornell in the semifinals. Gotto bounced back to defeat sixth-ranked Austin Mogg of Buena Vista 3-2 and third-ranked Zach Mueller of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 3-1 in the third-place match.
Senior Jordan Westfall was Coe's first finalist at 133 pounds. Seeded fourth, Westfall used a technical fall and fall to advance to the finals, where he dropped a 5-1 decision to third-seeded Tigue Snider of Cornell. At 141 pounds, junior Drew Hinschberger was second, falling to sixth-ranked Will Keeter of Augsburg 10-0 in the finals. Hinschberger recorded a fall and major decision en route to the finals.
Coe's first champion came at 149 pounds, as senior James Locke earned bonus points in all five of his wins on the day. Locke recorded two falls and two technical falls to advance to the finals, where he beat Stephan De La Cruz of Luther by major decision, 10-0. At 157 pounds, senior Dale Handley was seeded third and finished third. Handley had two major decisions on the day, including a 12-0 win against Cameron Wagner of Wartburg in the third-place match.
At 165 pounds, top-ranked Nick LeClere ran his winning streak to 19 matches before withdrawing from the tournament prior to the championship match. LeClere had won all four matches on the day by bonus points with a fall, technical fall and two major decisions.
Coe's final champion came at heavyweight, as junior Alex Burkle won his ninth consecutive match for the title. Burkle advanced to the finals with three consecutive falls. In his first three matches, Burkle was only on the mat for 3:55. In the finals, he defeated third-seeded Conner Herman of Luther by major decision, 13-3.