Notebook: Shutting 'Em Down
EAGLES SOAR: No. 9 Ashland University won its second invitational championship in two weeks as the Eagles captured four individual weight classes at the 25th Annual Ohio Northern University Invitational on Dec. 10. Ashland outscored 18 other schools with a total of 191.5 points. Three other Eagles placed second.
Eric Lakia, ranked eighth in the 165-pound category, won his weight class with a 5-0 record and improved to 13-1 on the season. Two Eagle grapplers, Matt Allen and Hiram Smith, advanced to the 184-pound final with Allen winning 5-2.
Fourth-ranked Ryan Kirst increased his career victory total to 98 by capturing the 197-pound title. Josh Ohl won his second straight invitational crown by edging Findlay's Travis Clark in the championship match at 285 pounds.
COME BACK: Western State's Kipp Cullin notched a 9-5 victory over Dallin Norton in the 285-pound weight class to help the No. 18 Mountaineers defeat Division I's Utah Valley State, 22-16, on Dec. 10.
Junior Cody Mumma pinned Jaime Thornblad at 197 pounds to tie the match at 16-16 and start the Mountaineers' string of three straight wins to clinch the dual. Western State had been trailing the entire meet before Mumma's victory.
The Mountaineers improved to a perfect 5-0 on the year and have won eight straight dual meets dating back to last season.
NEW ADDITION: St. Andrews Presbyterian College, located in Laurinburg, N.C., has announced the addition of men's wresting to the school's list of Division II sponsored sports. The Knights will begin competition in the fall of 2006.
"We at the St. Andrews Athletics Department are dedicated to providing the greatest opportunity to the greatest number of student athletes," said Athletic Director Howard Reichner. "Wrestling is a major high school sport and a growing collegiate one as well. A large number of high school wrestlers come from this region and we hope the addition of wrestling at St. Andrews will serve their interest and needs."
The Knights are in the process of hiring their first head coach and will begin recruiting during the spring. St. Andrews' will wrestle as an independent in the East Region. UNC Pembroke, Belmont Abbey, Anderson, Limestone and Newberry also sponsor Division II wrestling teams in the North Carolina and South Carolina area.
SHUTTING 'EM DOWN: Nebraska-Omaha's Patrick Allibone garnered North Central Conference Wrestler of the Week after winning the 157-pound title at the Loper Open on Dec. 10.
Allibone, a junior from Sioux City, Iowa, posted a 4-0 record at the tournament without allowing an offensive point. He pinned Western State's Nick Ross in 2:38, recorded a 7-1 decision against Luke Salazar of Northern Colorado and edged unattached Anthony Haukenberry, 1-0, to advance to the championship match. Haukenberry won the NAIA individual title at 149 pounds in 2004.
Allibone, the top-ranked Division II wrestler in his weight class, snuck past Nebraska-Kearney's Joe Ellenger in a 1-0 victory to earn the crown.
Fellow Maverick Cody Garcia pinned three opponents and posted a major decision to win the individual title at 125 pounds.