No. 9 Mercyhurst runs win streak to eight, shuts out Shippensburg
ERIE, Pa. -- For the third consecutive match, ninth-ranked Mercyhurst blanked its opponent on Saturday, this time at the expense of visiting Shippensburg by a 45-0 final. The win was the eighth consecutive win for the Lakers, who improved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Raiders fell to 8-12 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Mercyhurst shutout both Alderson-Broaddus and Mercyhurst North East on Wednesday by the finals of 53-0 and 50-0 respectively with Saturday becoming the Lakers' third consecutive shutout.
The Lakers started the afternoon with three straight major decision victories by redshirt junior Ryan Bohince at 125, redshirt sophomore Kody Young at 133, and sophomore Dylan D'Urso at 141. In fact, Mercyhurst earned five major decisions, two technical falls, a fall, and a forfeit to account for 42 of the team's 45 points.
The two bouts of the day that were in question were at 149 and at 197.
In the 149-pound match, redshirt sophomore Jeremy Landowski was pitted against Shippensburg's Kyle Barnes. After a scoreless first period, Landowski chose defense to start the second period and earned an escape to take a 1-0 lead after two periods. Barnes chose defense to start the third, but Landowski rode him out to earn another point for riding time and a 2-0 decision.
At 197, redshirt sophomore Brian Beattie and Shippensburg's Marshall Hobbs went toe-to-toe in the first three minutes with each grappler scoring six points in the opening period. In the second, Beattie chose defense and picked up a quick two points with a reversal for an 8-6 lead. Beattie was able to take advantage of the opportunity, making a move, and pinning Hobbs with 41 seconds left in the period for six team points.
No. 4 St. Cloud State 39, Mary 6
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Fourth-ranked St. Cloud State (15-1, 4-0 NSIC) extended its current dual-match win streak to eight with a convincing 39-6 victory at conference rival Mary on Saturday.
The Huskies opened the match with six points after Tanner Johnshoy gained a forfeit win at 125 pounds. SCSU extended its lead to 12-0 with a pin by No. 2 Andy Pokorny at 133-pounds. Fourth-ranked Matt Nelson extended the Huskies' lead to 17-0 with a technical fall at 6:11.
SCSU's Jay Hildreth scored a 5-2 win at 149 pounds and then No. 5 ranked Clint Poster pinned Mary's Brandon DeLao at 6:26 to push SCSU's lead to 26-0.
Gabe Fogarty suffered a 6-4 loss at 165-pounds but Clayton Jennissen got the Huskies back on track with a 6-2 win at 174 pounds. Dylon Braun added a major decision win for the Huskies at 184 pounds and Uthman Rabiu gained six more points with a forfeit victory at 197 pounds. The day was completed by Jonah Westbury of Mary posting a 3-1 OT win against SCSU's Luke Belich.
No. 5 Central Oklahoma 28, No. 15 Adams State 12
ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Kasey Wilcox's last-second defensive fall highlighted a five-match winning streak that propelled No. 5 Central Oklahoma to a 28-12 romp against No. 15 Adams State on Saturday afternoon.
The Bronchos took seven of the 10 matches to pick up their seventh consecutive win and complete a rugged two-day, two-match Colorado road sweep in improving to 12-4 on the season.
Wilcox's fall at 174 pounds came with just four seconds remaining when the senior was able to bridge back and get the pin against Mario Garcia while trailing 3-2.
Znick Ferrell followed with an sudden victory decision to push UCO's lead to 28-6 before the Grizzlies won the final two matches – both in overtime – to arrange the final margin.
The Bronchos never trailed after Ryan Brooks opened the dual with a 3-2 victory at 125 pounds on the strength of a first-period takedown and Casy Rowell followed with an 11-2 major decision at 133. It was the sixth conseceutive bonus-point win for Rowell, who racked up four takedowns and a reverse in the rout.
ASC's top-ranked Ryan Fillingame got a fall at 141 to make it 7-6, but UCO won the next five matches to put the dual away.
Jordan Basks started the winning streak with an easy 11-4 win at 149 behind a five-takedown attack and Cory Dauphin notched his 42nd consecutive victory with a second-period fall at 157. It was the seventh pin of the season for the top-ranked Dauphin, who improved to 24-0.
Top-ranked Chris Watson built an 8-0 lead en route to a 9-3 romp at 165, Wilcox followed with his dramatic fall and Ferrell's takedown midway through the one-minute sudden-victory period gave him a 4-2 win that pushed UCO's lead to 28-6.
No. 7 Upper Iowa 34, Minot State 15
MINOT, N.D. -- Upper Iowa opened their longest road trip in the Northern Sun Conference with a Saturday night dual at Minot State. The Peacocks won seven matches including four by fall and one by major decision to post a 34-15 victory against the Beavers. UIU improves to 12-1-1 on the season and remains perfect (4-0) in the NSIC, while Minot State drops to 1-11 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Chris Paulus (125) continued his strong return to the lineup with a win by fall at the 1:09 mark of the first period to give UIU a 6-0 lead. Matt Paulus followed the pin up with an 8-2 decision at 133 pounds giving the team a 9-0 lead.
In the 141 pound match, Jordan Roths dominated his match to the tune of a 15-2 major decision. Edwin Cooper (No. 5 NWCA) recorded the fourth consecutive win for the Peacocks with a 10-3 win at 149 pounds pushing Upper Iowa's lead to 16-0.
The Beavers notched a win at 157 pounds as Ricard Avakos defeated Zak Benitz 9-5.
Dalton Westerlund, the reigning NSIC Wrestler of the Week, put the Peacocks back in the win column with a win by fall (:50) at 165 pounds.
Minot State earned a win by injury default at 174 pounds as Colbey Vance suffered an injury just a few seconds into his match with Tiger Paasch.
In the 184-pound match, Brock Gobin won his match against Matt Fetterley by fall in the waning seconds (6:46) of the match to extend UIU's lead to 28-9.
Carl Broghammer (No. 2 NWCA) earned his 18th win by fall just 50 seconds into his match at 197 pounds for UIU's final win of the night. The victory was the redshirt senior's 131st of his career; he is now just six shy of the all-time wins mark at Upper Iowa.
At heavyweight, Bobby Bartz caught Logan Hopp (No. 6 NWCA) and won the final match of the night for the home team by fall (:33).
UIU posted a 13-4 advantage in takedowns and a 6-1 advantage in nearfalls on the night.