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DII: Mercyhurst extends win streak to 10; beats Findlay 42-3

FINDLAY, Ohio -- Mercyhurst saw its winning streak hit 10 consecutive matches with a 42-3 victory at former GLIAC-rival Findlay on Saturday night. The Lakers, in the process, tied the program record for wins in a season by improving to 16-1 overall. The Roughnecks dropped to 3-11 on the season.

The 16 victories this season tied the program record set back in the 2008-09 campaign when the Lakers went 16-5-1. The 10-match winning streak established a new program record -- both the 2005-06 and the 2006-07 squads had nine-match streaks.

Mercyhurst used three falls and two forfeit wins to amass 30 of the team's 42 points against Findlay on Saturday night, enabling the Lakers to cruise to victory. Redshirt sophomore Jeremy Landowski earned a fall at 149 pounds to give the Lakers an 18-0 lead at that point. Redshirt sophomores Angelo Bortoluzzi and Brian Beattie had back-to-back pins at 184 and 197 respectively.

The only hiccup on the night came at 165 pounds when redshirt senior Clint Schaefer suffered a major decision loss. The final tally for Findlay was three points on the night, however, because the Roughnecks lost a point due to an unsportsmanlike conduct foul during the 141-pound bout.

The Lakers got six points in each of the next three bouts, getting a forfeit win by redshirt sophomore August Mizia and the back-to-back pins by Bortoluzzi and Beattie. Freshman Andrew Welton earned a decision in the heavyweight bout for the final margin of the night.

No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney 47, Newman 0

KEARNEY, Neb. -- Nebraska-Kearney ran its win streak to 10 in a row after a 47-0 decision against Newman Saturday night at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK improves to 15-3 and finishes 2013-14 with a perfect 6-0 record vs. MIAA competition; the Jets (0-12, 0-6) are an affiliate member of the league in wrestling.

With one dual remaining, this is the Lopers longest win streak since the 2006-07 squad beat 16 consecutive opponents.

At 141 pounds, senior Brock Coutu was up 6-3 before pinning Wyatt Wade at 3:55. Junior Tyler Anderson was about to tech fall Zach Duwe at the next weight but pinned him at 3:43 instead.

UNK's only major of the night came at 165 pounds where 5th-ranked Brock Smith had three takedowns in the first and third periods to win 17-5.

Senior Patrick Martinez defeates Michael Kubik at 174 pounds. Ranked-fourth nationally, Martinez had 10 takedowns in the first period and added four more in the second to record a 28-13 tech fall at 4:20.

No. 3 Newberry at Newberry Open

NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Newberry hosted the annual Newberry Open in Eleazer Arena on Saturday, with six Wolves placing in the top four of their weight class.

Brandon Thompson entered as an unattached wrestler and cruised to the championship of the 133-pound bracket with two pins and a major decision. In the finals, he pinned teammate Nick Lankford in 3:45. Unattached Newberrian Jordan Simpson finished fourth in that classification.

Travis Laxton was the runner-up at 125 pounds with a pin, technical fall and major decision in the opening rounds before losing via a 10-3 decision to NC State's Joe DeAngelo in the finals.

Dyllan Greene finished fourth at 141 pounds after losing to the eventual champion in the opening round. Dennis Flores made it to the semifinals at 165 pounds before finishing in fourth place in that class.

No. 5 Central Oklahoma 19, No. 20 Ouachita Baptist

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Cody Dauphin's narrow win in the final match propelled Central Oklahoma past Ouachita Baptist 19-16 on Saturday afternoon in the final dual of the season.

The Bronchos got consecutive major decisions from Jordan Basks, Cory Dauphin, Chris Watson and Colton Gallo to overcome a 10-0 deficit and take a 16-10 lead before the Tigers won two in a row to tie it heading into the heavyweight bout.

Dauphin came through for UCO, pulling out a clutch 4-2 victory to snap the deadlock and give the Bronchos their ninth consecutive win.

No. 10 Kutztown at tri-meet

GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Besides two forfeits at 133 pounds, the Kutztown was perfect in both matches at the McKenna Center on Saturday afternoon, taking down host Seton Hill and Alderson Broaddus.

Mitch Voelker, Jackson Stabile, Bo Candelaria, and Giovanni Ortiz were all two-match winners on Saturday to help improve Kutztown to 10-4 on the season.

Finally, at 197 pounds, top-ranked Romero Cotton pinned Steven Cooklsey 52 seconds into the match.