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No. 3 Messiah splits its four matches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Third-ranked Messiah split four matches at the Gator "Boots" Duals on Saturday, with two Falcons' teams battling it out with the field. Messiah, Concordia-Moorhead, and Luther all competed with a 'first team' and 'second team' throughout the day.

Mesian opened a full slate of match-ups with a win against Elmhurst. The Falcons won 33-14 with pins coming from Kyle Coblentz, Stephen Cannon, and Jason Wright. Extra points for Messiah also came from No. 7 Lucas Malmberg (tech fall) and No. 2 Kaleb Loht (major decision).

Messiah then fell to No. 12 Luther 28-7 seeing the first loss of the season as a team. Loht collected his second major decision of the day in his bout, but only one other Falcon secured points against the Norse. At 184 pounds, No. 5 Josh Thomson was pinned by No. 7 Jayden DeVilbiss.

Ben Kramer secured the only other win for the Falcons in the match with an 8-4 decision. Kramer went 2-0 on the day, sharing the 174-pound slot with Ricardo Plummer, who also finished 2-0.

Messiah then faced off against No. 6 Concordia-Moorhead to try to rebound but came just shy with a 20-19 score. The match was split evenly with five wins per team. The final extra point for the Cobbers came from the final bout of the match in a tech fall. Nevertheless, the Falcons appeared strong against the sixth-ranked team in the country.

The Falcons finished the day with a 26-13 win against Loras. Six Falcons ended the day with a win, including Thomson with a pin at 2:15. Loht won his fourth bout of the day, improving his undefeated record to 21-0. Stephen Cannon went 3-1 on the day, finishing with a major decision against his Duhawk opponent.

Other Messiah highlights from throughout the day included Malmberg's 3-1 record. He lost his first match of his college career and is now 19-1 overall.

No. 8 Dealware Valley at Desert Duals

LAS VEGAS -- Delaware Valley posted a 1-3 record at the 2013 Desert Duals. The Aggies picked up a 24-13 triumph against Menlo after dropping their first three matches to nationally ranked foes in No. 26 Heidelberg (20-19), No. 7 Coe (21-15) and No. 1 Wartburg (31-9).

Junior 125-pounder Zac Haynes had the biggest win of the entire tournament as he dominated the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class, Gilberto Camacho of Wartburg, en route to a 7-1 decision. Haynes went 3-1 on the day as he also had a 15-7 major decision win against Joe Brodman of Heidelberg and an 8-0 blanking of Coe's Tyler Endres. He improved his season record to 4-3.

Ninth-ranked Vinny Fava remained undefeated on the year as Fava, 149-pound junior, went 4-0 to up his season mark to 13-0. He pinned Wartubrg's Mark Pinero in 80 seconds, earned a 22-7 technical fall victory against Coe's Josh Dinkle and notched a 15-4 major decision against Menlo's Jose Maldano.

Haynes and Fava's victories against Wartburg in the third team match of the day gave Delaware Valley a 9-7 lead against the defending national champions after four weight classes. However, the Knights took the last six weight classes with a pin, three major decisions and two decisions. Two of those final triumphs featured head-to-head battles of nationally ranked wrestlers. At 197, Wartburg's Punahele Soriano, ranked third, edged sixth-ranked and returning All-American Aaron Karns 7-4. Then at heavyweight, number three Ryan Frank pinned Delaware Valley Zach Roseberry, ranked seventh, in 4:57.

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