NCAA RSS http://www.ncaa.comnews/wrestling/d3/rss.xml NCAA RSS - DIII Wrestling en No. 5 Messiah sweeps at John Reese Duals; TCNJ, Springfield win <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">WILKES-BARRE, Pa. --</strong> Messiah displayed dominant performances against Centenary (N.J.) and Oneonta State at the John Reese Duals, hosted by Wilkes. The scores were 39-10 against Centenary and 40-6 against Oneonta.</p><p>The Messiah wrestlers won 17 of 19 total bouts and collected seven total pins in the two duals, not including the exhibitions. Against Oneonta there were four major decisions, two pins and one tech fall, meaning all of the Falcons' wins included extra points.</p><p>Standouts from the Oneonta match included a pin to start it off from Kurt Rodriguez (125) at 2:02 against Dominic Degraba. Larry Cannon (157) also secured a pin in the match, wrestling in his first year. Josh Thomson (184) had the quickest pin though, at 1:25 against Anthony Marino.</p><p>Chris Williamson (149) scored the most points in the match with 19, giving him the lone tech fall for Messiah, winning against Nicholas Heck in seven minutes.</p><p>Against the 20th-ranked Centenary College later on, Messiah continued the dominating performance from the previous match, losing just one bout.</p><p>Lucas Malmberg (125) started things off with an 18-7 major decision against Erick Orellana. One more major decision would follow in the match from Kaleb Loht (141).</p><p>The Falcons would also collect three pins in the match from Kyle Coblentz (133), Kalann Washington (157), and Josh Thomson (184).</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. T6 TCNJ</strong></p><p><strong>COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. --</strong> TCNJ had a pair of wrestlers place in the top three of their respective weight classes as the Lions opened the season competing at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Saturday.</p><p>The tournament was a non-team scoring event.</p><p>Junior Nathaniel Leer advanced to the finals at 197 and finished in second place.</p><p>Sophomore Dylan Thorsen boasted a third-place effort taking the mat at 149 pounds.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. T6 Springfield</strong></p><p><strong>ITHACA, N.Y. -- </strong>Both Tom Casper and Iraka Kakauridze won their individual weight classes to help Springfield finish third at the Ithaca Invitational this weekend.</p><p>Ithaca won the two-day event with 177 points, followed by Johnson and Wales total of 164.5 and Springfield's score of 159 points. The Pride opened up the season as the nation's sixth-ranked team according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Preseason Poll.</p><p>Casper, who last year qualified for the NCAA championships last season, had a great season-opening showing at 125. After a pair of major decision victories on Friday, he won by a 6-2 decision in the semifinals before cruising to a 5-0 decision win for the 125 title.</p><p>Kakauridze had a terrific start to his sophomore season by snagging the title at 285. On Friday, he had a pair of decision wins and a victory by fall in just 1:12 before moving on Saturday's semifinals. On Saturday, Kakauridze delivered a 5-2 and 6-0 decision win for his collegiate individual title.</p><p>Erik Hamrick finished as the runner-up at 157 and wrestled very well all weekend. He cruised into the finals after posting three consecutive pins to start his year before dropping a 7-4 decision.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 8 Coe at Loras Open </strong></p><p><strong>DUBUQUE, Iowa --</strong> Eighth-ranked Coe opened its 2013 season at the Loras Open on Saturday. The Kohawks had two wrestlers make finals and nine more place.</p><p>At 174 pounds, senior Ethan Ball placed second in the gold bracket, falling to Illinois' Tony Dallago 8-1 in the finals. Ball started the day by defeating Luis Alba of McKendree 8-6, before beating Dubuque's Elton Turnage 12-6. His next opponent was Thomas Moman of Grandview, whom he defeated 4-1. Prior to facing Dallago in the finals, Ball dismantled Jake Stilling of Wisconsin 11-3.</p><p>Fellow senior Cory Becker also garnered runner-up status but at heavyweight. Becker fell to Chris Lopez, another Illinois grappler, 4-0 in the finals. He began his day with a 6-0 win against Upper Iowa's Jeremy Brazil. He then beat Zach Schroeder of McKendree 9-0 before earning a 3-1 win in sudden victory of Schroeder's teammate, Ross Janney, to advance to the finals.</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Coe grapplers cruise to win against Central to open conference play <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- </strong>Coe won seven of the ten weight classes en route to a 33-10 victory against Central on Thursday evening. The dual was the Iowa Conference opener for both squads.</p><p>The Dutch took an early 4-0 lead in the team score thanks to fifth-ranked Daniel Page's 14-1 major decision victory against freshman Jan Rosenberg at 125 pounds. Third-ranked senior Jimmy Gotto cut Central's lead to 4-3 with an 8-6 victory against Aaron Anderson at 133 pounds. Gotto scored a takedown in the first period of the match and never relinquished the lead.</p><p>The Kohawks took their first lead in the team race after senior Beau Westpfahl won by technical fall against Bryan Connolly at 141 pounds. In the first period, Westpfahl recorded an early takedown and four two-point nearfalls to take a 10-0 lead into the second period. In the second Westpfahl recorded two more two-point nearfalls and to increase his lead to 14-0. Connolly escaped the grasp of Westpfahl but was quickly taken down again, ending the match at 16-1. The Kohawks took an 8-4 lead in the team scoring and never looked back.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 43, Wisconsin-Platteville 3</strong></p><p><strong>WHITEWATER, Wis. --</strong> The Warhawks recorded three pins, a technical fall and two major decisions in a 43-3 win against Wisconsin-Platteville to open the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Season.</p><p>Starting at 125 pounds, Zac Denny put UW-W on the board after grinding out a close 6-5 win against Platteville's Cole Ferguson. Denny led 4-2 after the first period, and then added a point from an escape in the second to head into the final period with a 5-2 lead. Ferguson countered in the third with an escape and then tied the match 5-5 with a takedown with one minute remaining. Denny immediately recorded the escape and held on for the win.</p><p>Whitewater extended the lead to 9-0 with a win by forfeit at 133 pounds.</p><p>The Pioneers got on the board at 141 pounds with Chase Wiggins' 8-6 win against Maxx Hubbard but it was all Whitewater from that point on.&nbsp;</p> Fifth-ranked Messiah dominates four teams at Mount Union Duals <p><strong>ALLIANCE, Ohio</strong> - Fifth-ranked Messiah collected four wins in Saturday's Mount Union Duals against Lycoming (28-13), Muskingum&nbsp; (40-9), Thiel (21-15), and Mount Union.<br>&nbsp;<br>Among those collecting pins throughout the day were <dfn>Lucas Malmberg</dfn> (125), <dfn>Kaleb Loht</dfn> (141), <dfn>Josh Thomson</dfn> (184), <dfn>Jason Wright</dfn> (197), and <dfn>Charles Jones</dfn> (285). <dfn>Kyle Coblentz</dfn> (133) secured a come-from-behind pin in his bout against Thiel to give the Falcons the edge in the win.<br>&nbsp;<br>Against Lycoming, Messiah found themselves in a tight battle, and down 13-10, through the first six bouts. <dfn>Ben Kramer</dfn> (174) then won his match with a 10-3 decision and Thomson (184) also won his with a 6-3 decision. Now up just 16-13, Lycoming committed a costly error resulting in a disqualification giving the Falcons six points to go up 22-13. Jones (285) finished off the Warriors with a pin at 2:46, providing the final six points.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Falcons were once against down 13-10 against Mount Union later in the day, this time with three matches left to go. Thomson (184), in his fourth match of the day, secured a huge pin at 6:08 to turn the tables and give Messiah a 16-13 lead. <dfn>Jason Wright</dfn> (197) then just egded out his opponent, 10-8, giving the Falcons a six-point advantage. Jones (285) did what he needed to do to give Messiah the 19-16 win, despite losing a close 4-3 decision.<br>&nbsp;<br>Malmberg (125) continued his winning streak, going 3-0 for the day, and collected his only pin on the day at 133 pounds one weight class above his normal. Loht (141) and Thomson (184) were also undefeated for the day at 3-0 and 4-0, respectively, and collected the two Outstanding Wrestler Awards.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 8 Coe at Turkey Open</strong></p><p><strong>CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa</strong> – Three Kohawk wrestlers earned individual titles at the Coe College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. An additional six Coe wrestlers battled their way to second-place finishes.</p><p>Senior Beau Westpfahl earned the title at 141 pounds. After a first-round bye, Westpfahl pinned Dan Roach of Harper College in just 46 seconds. In his second bout of the day he earned an 11-0 major decision against Jeff Sand of Simpson. A pin of Missouri Baptist's Esmond Ford at 4:24 earned Westpfahl a trip to the final. He earned the title at 141 pounds after Gresh Henderson of Harper was unable to start the match due to an injury suffered earlier in the day.</p><p>Sophomore Farai Sewera defeated Nathaniel Stadeker of Grandview 6-4 in the championship match at 165 pounds. Sewera started his day with a pin of Ryan Thomas of Missouri Baptist at 1:03. He then defeated Spencer Ward of Simpson 18-4 to earn a major decision. Sewera earned another major decision, this one 12-3 against Tristin Luther of NIACC, before defeating Stadeker in the finals.</p><p>Coe's third individual champion was senior Cory Becker at heavyweight. Becker began the day with a bye but in his first match he pinned Ryan Dugar of NIACC in 3:53. He then earned a 4-1 win against Julius Anglikas of Missouri Baptist to advance to the finals where he won due to teammate Creighton Fox suffering an injury in an earlier bout and being forced to forfeit.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>Two events for No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater</strong></p><p><strong>OLIVET, Mich.</strong>- Wisconsin-Whitewater went 2-1 at the Olivet College Comet Duals on Saturday, beating Alma 21-18 and Heidelberg 31-7 while falling to Olivet 19-15.</p><p>Meanwhile, Matt Dwyer finished second in the 197-pound weight class to lead the Warhawks at the Concordia-Wisconsin Open. The open tournament featured bracketed competition in each weight class including attached and unattached wrestlers from a number of colleges and universities.</p><p>Dwyer opened the open with a bye followed by an 8-4 decision of Elmhurst's Luis Montoya and a pin in 2:20 of Jake Barclay of Wabash. He topped Mitchell Steed of Wheaton in a semifinal before falling to Puna Soriana of Wartburg 11-9 in overtime.</p> Eric Keller gets first win as new boss of Wartburg 48-4 against Simpson <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">WAVERLY, Iowa --</strong> Eric Keller made his solo debut as Wartburg's head coach Wednesday as the Knights thumped Simpson 48-4, extending their Iowa Conference win streak to 166.</p><p>"I miss my partner by the water cooler," said Keller, who had been co-head coach with the legendary Jim Miller during Wartburg's run to a third consecutive NCAA Division III championship, its 10th overall, in 2012-13.</p><p>After Simpson forfeited at the opening weights, Wartburg racked up four pins and three major decisions with a young lineup in addition to former national champion Landon Williams and All-American Ryan Fank.</p><p>"We had a lot of young guys out there," Keller said. "I told them, 'Here's your opportunity. You have to make the most of it.'"</p><p>Wartburg freshman Jace Lopez, a former Colorado high school state champion, dominated Simpson senior Jeff Sand at 141 with a 7-0 opening period en route to a 15-3 major decision.</p> Wilkes in first place after day one of Messiah Petrofes Invitational <p><strong>GRANTHAM, Pa.</strong> -- No. 6 Wilkes finished in the top spot after day one of the Messiah Petrofes Invitational as seven Colonels reached the semifinal round. Wilkes concluded day one of the invitational with 105 total team points.</p><p>Host No. 4 Messiah followed in second with 97.5 points, while Mount Union finished third with 95 total points.</p><p>At 125-pounds, Guesseppe Rea reached the semifinals with two extra points wins. He claimed a technical fall (17-1) in the first round followed by an 11-1 major decision over Messiah's Marshall Myers in the quarterfinals. Rea will face Seth McCurdy of Mount Union in the semifinals Saturday with a chance for a finals bout with a victory.</p><p>Corey Flemming reached the semifinals at 133-pounds with two impressive falls. Flemming pinned Sam Valenti of Mount Union in the first round in 5:18 before taking down Messiah's Kyle Coblentz in 1:16 in the quarterfinals. He faces No. 6 Ryan O'Boyle of McDaniel in the semifinals tomorrow looking for an upset win into the finals.<br><br>At 149-pounds, No. 6 Mark Hartenstine remained perfect on the year with three straight falls to reach the semifinals. He pinned all three opponents in under four minutes, including a pin in fifteen seconds in the first round. Hartenstine will face Derek Arnold of Ursinus in the semifinals Saturday.</p><p>Marlon Duque enjoyed his finest outing of the season on day one of the 184-pound bracket using a 3-2 decision in the quarterfinals over Brent Kirk of Mount Union to reach the semifinals. Duque awaits a semifinal match against No. 2 Jake Thomson of Messiah on Saturday.</p><p>At 197-pounds, Eric Bach claimed two extra point wins to reach the third round. Bach collected a 13-2 decision over Andrew Tullo of Muhlenberg before pinning Mount Union's Lucas Dies in 1:53 in the quarterfinals. He faces No. 8 Hunter Ayen of Springfield in the semifinals tomorrow.</p><p>Two Colonels reached the semifinals at 285 as both Michael Shannon and William Fletcher notched a pair of wins on Friday. Shannon pinned McDaniel's David Gunski in the first round, then edged out Irakli Kakauridze of Springfield 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Fletcher scored a 3-1 decision in his first match of the day before pinning Taylor Avino of McDaniel in 2:47 to reach the semis. Shannon faces Ricky Caruso of Bridgewater in the semis while Fletcher matches up with Messiah's Charles Jones.</p><p>The Invitational will conclude Saturday with semifinal and final action plus third-place bouts.</p> Messiah wins first Messiah Invitational title under coach Bryan Brunk <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 5 Messiah at Messiah Petrofes Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>GRANTHAM, Pa. --</strong> Messiah dominated the 44th annual Petrofes Invitational, capturing the team title for the first time under head coach Bryan Brunk's leadership. The Falcons started the day with 16 wrestlers competing and concluded the tournament with five champions, two second-place finishers and one third-place finish.</p><p>Freshman Lucas Malmberg became Messiah's first champion of the invitational at 125. Malmberg cruised through his bracket with three pins en route to an 8-3 decision against Wilkes' Guesseppe Rea in the finals.</p><p>Kaleb Loht, Messiah's champion at 141, took home the most outstanding wrestler award - his second honor in as many years. Loht was dominant in his final bout, pinning his opponent, Bryant Roby of Mount Union, in 2:14.</p><p>Messiah's next champion came at 165. Stephen Cannon moved into the final after two falls in early bouts and a 13-9 decision against McDaniel's Logan Yox in the semi final. Cannon earned the final victory after his opponent suffered an injury in the first 32 seconds.</p><p>Ben Kramer was one of two wrestlers pushed to the brink and into overtime in their final bouts. Kramer was sharp all weekend, earning two major decisions (12-0, 10-0) and a 7-2 decision before getting the 8-6 overtime win.</p><p>The other Falcon to get an overtime win was Josh Thomson at 184. Thomson, who came in second in last year's Petrofes Invitational, made his way through this year's bracket 8-1, 8-0, 5-1 and won the final 8-6.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 6 Wilkes at Messiah Petrofes Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>GRANTHAM, Pa. --</strong> Wilkes concluded day two of the Messiah Invitational finishing in second place as 13 Colonels earned top<strong>-</strong>seven finishes including two titles at 149 pounds and 197 pounds.</p><p>Messiah claimed the team title with 183 total points. Wilkes followed in second with 165.5 points while Mount Union finished third with 143.5 team points.</p><p>Wilkes' first title came at 149 as No. 6 Mark Hartenstine remained perfect on the season with wins in the semifinals and finals. Hartenstine recorded a 7-0 decision against Derek Arnold of Ursinus in the semis before cruising in the title bout with a 15-0 technical fall against Ursinus' Eli Gaylor. Hartenstine went 5-0 during the invitational including three falls and the tech. fall in the finals.</p><p>Eric Bach claimed the title at 197 first earning a 6-3 decision against No. 8 Hunter Ayen of Springfield in the semis. Bach then posted a 3-1 overtime victory in the championship bout against Messiah's Jason Wright.</p><p>Guesseppe Rea reached the finals at 125 pounds after his opponent took a medical forfeit in the semifinals. Rea dropped an 8-3 decision to No. 9 Lucas Malmberg of Messiah who upset No. 6 Tommy Casper of Springfield to reach the title bout.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 7 Ithaca at New Standard Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>YORK, Pa. --</strong> Ithaca freshman Carlos Toribio was named as the tournament's most outstanding wrestler and the Bombers placed second as a team in a field of 13 teams at the New Standard Invitational hosted by York (Pa). Johnson &amp; Wales took home the team title with 119.5 points -- two more than Ithaca -- while No. 10 Delaware Valley ended in third with 99.</p><p>Toribio placed first at 174 pounds, and was one of two individual champions for the Bombers, as Kristopher Schimek won the title at 165. Ithaca had five wrestlers advance to the championship semifinals in total, and nine place winners at the event.</p><p>Toribio's MOW honor capped a day that saw him go 4-0 in his bouts. He won his first match by decision, and his quarterfinal by injury default at 4:38. In the semifinals, Toribio scored a 9-2 decision, and then defeated nationally ranked Zach Zotollo of TCNJ in the finals by a 5-4 decision. Toribio improved his overall record to 11-2 on the season.</p><p>Schimek placed first in the 165-pound bracket with a perfect 3-0 record, and yielded just one point against his opponents in scoring convincing wins. Schimek started with an 8-0 win in the quarterfinals, a 7-0 shutout in the semifinal and a 9-1 decision in the championship bout. He is 10-2 overall this season.</p><p>Four Ithaca wrestlers placed third in their weight classes.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 8 Coe at Simpson Invite </strong></p><p><strong>INDIANOLA, Iowa --</strong> Coe competed at the Simpson Invitational on Saturday, finishing second in the 13-team field. Two Kohawks earned individual titles and nearly every weight class featured a Coe wrestler who placed.</p><p>Sophomore Farai Sewera was one of the two Kohawks who won their weight class. Sewera was victorious at 165 pounds, defeating Grand View's Nathaniel Stadeker in the finals. Sewera began his day by pinning Truman State's Josh Wells in 1:53 and followed that up by pinning Roak Whittington in 1:35. Sewera recorded his third consecutive fall in the quarterfinals, pinning Grand View's Derrick Huber in 6:06. In the semifinals, Sewera earned a hard fought 2-1 decision against Central Missouri's Josh Thomson before pinning Stadeker in 2:36 in the finals.</p><p>The other Coe wrestler to earn a title was junior Donnie Horner at 197 pounds. Horner defeated Central Missouri's Roy Hickman in his first match of the day by a score of 6-3. He then pinned Jared Bevins of Simpson in 2:26 to advance to the finals. In the finals, Horner battled Grand View's AJ Mott to a 2-2 tie before defeating him 4-2 in sudden victory.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater at Little States</strong></p><p><strong>CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. --</strong> Anthony Edgren won the 285-pound weight class to lead the Warhawks to a third-place finish at the 54th annual Little States tournament hosted by Wabash.</p><p>Edgren opened the meet with a major decision followed by a 56-second pin against Wabash's Paul Snyder. Another major decision in his third bout of the day sent him into the finals. Edgren topped Evan Wooding of Indianapolis in a 9-8 decision.</p><p>Two Warhawks finished second in their weight classes. Corey Meyer went 2-1 in the 141-pound weight class. He opened with a pin in 0:28 followed by a 3-1 decision to head into the championship. Indy's Justin Kieffer went on to win the weight class. Andrew Pettit added a second-place finish at 184 pounds in similar fashion to Meyer. Pettit notched a technical fall, 16-0 in 5:16 in his first match of the day followed by a major decision 9-0 against Dennie Brown of Calumet. In the championship bout, Wabash's Riley Lefever picked up the win.</p> No. 7 Ithaca maintains perfect dual-match record with 26-9 victory <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- </strong>Ithaca maintained its perfect dual-match record with a 26-9 victory at RIT on Wednesday. Ithaca improved to 3-0 in duals this season, while RIT is 1-1.</p><p>Eight of the ten bouts were won by decision, with Ithaca gaining bonus points by a technical fall from Kristopher Schimek at 165 and a forfeit victory by Matt Booth at 197. Ithaca claimed victories in five of the other eight weight classes.</p><p>Henry Beaman started the dual with a 5-4 decision victory at 125 pounds, and Nick Wahba followed with a 9-6 decision for the Bombers at 133. Dominick Giacolone continued Ithaca's strong start with a 6-2 win at 141 pounds to give the Bombers a 9-0 lead in the dual match.</p><p>RIT's Brad Mayville scored a 2-1 decision at 149 to get the Tigers on the board, but Kevin Collins answered for Ithaca with a 9-4 win at 157. Schimek then won his bout by tech fall, a 21-4 victory at 6:41 to extend the Ithaca dual-match lead to 17-3.</p><p>After two wins by RIT wrestlers, Booth's forfeit victory, and a 7-3 decision win for Shane Bartrum in the heavyweight bout wrapped up the action.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 39, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 6</strong></p><p><strong>EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- </strong>Corey Meyer defeated Nathaniel Behnke, ranked sixth in the 141 pound weight class in the most recent National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, 6-4 to lead the Warhawks in a 39-6 rout of Eau Claire on the road Wednesday night.</p><p>Zac Denny and Anthony Reyes each won by forfeit to give UW-W a 12-0 cushion after two weight classes. Meyer's win at 141 pounds made in 15-0 Whitewater. UW-EC got on the board with a 5-3 decision at 149 pounds but Tom Gerszewski responded in the 157 bout with a 15-0 technical fall to extend the margin to 20-3 in favor of the Warhawks. The Blugolds notched the decision at 165 pounds.</p><p>TJ Decker made it 23-6 Whitewater with a 9-5 decision at 174. At 184 pounds, Ryan Aprahamian registered the technical fall, 15-0. Shane Siefert, ranked No. 1 at 197 pounds, followed with a pin in 6:10 and Anthony Edgren, ranked second at 285 pounds, capped the dual meet with a 15-0 technical fall for the final score 39-6.</p> No. 3 Luther erases 10-point deficit to edge No. 25 Cornell (Iowa) 18-17 <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>DECORAH, Iowa -- </strong>In a battle between two nationally ranked teams, No. 3 Luther posted an 18-17 come-from-behind victory against No. 25 Cornell (Iowa).</p><p>The Norse trailed the Rams until the final match, when No. 3 Jayden DeVilbiss posted a 14-4 major decision against Aburough Abegesha to secure the one-point victory.</p><p>Cornell jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but wins by No. 7 Evan Obert (133) and Dakota Gray (141) pulled the Norse to within four points (6-10) after five bouts. Following a major decision by the Rams' No. 9 Trevor Engle, Luther posted four consecutive wins, that included three major decisions to secure the victory. Blake Letney (157) and No. 5 Garrett Bonte (165) both posted major decisions to level the score 14-14. The Rams Brett Hamm defeated Eric Moreno 4-2 in overtime, setting up the last match heroics by DeVilbiss.</p><p>The win gives Luther a dual-meet record of 2-1, while Cornell is now 5-2.</p> Fifth-ranked Cortland State blanks RIT 43-0 for first win of season <p><strong>CORTLAND, N.Y.</strong> -- Fifth-ranked Cortland State won all 10 weight classes and defeated visiting RIT 43-0 Sunday afternoon at Corey Gymnasium. The Red Dragons improved to 1-0, while the Tigers fell to 1-2.</p><p>Junior Paul Fields started the match with an 8-2 decision at 125 pounds. Sophomore Alec Dierna followed with a 6-3 decision at 133 pounds. At 141 pounds, sophomore Tony Battista recorded the first of Cortland's three technical falls in the match 24-6 versus his opponent, and the Red Dragons led 11-0.</p><p>At 149 pounds, nationally second-ranked sophomore Bobby Dierna improved his record to 10-3 on the season with a 19-5 major decision over RIT junior Brad Mayville, who entered the match with an 18-3 record. Freshman Brendan Dent then recorded an 8-3 win at 157 pounds, and Cortland received a forfeit win at 165 pounds for a 24-0 lead.</p><p>Nationally third-ranked junior Lou Puca improved his record to 16-4 on the season with a 16-0 technical fall at 174 pounds that included 11 near-fall points. In the closest bout of the day, Cortland freshman Brian Bulger recorded a take down and two near-fall points in the third period to erase a 4-2 deficit and earned a 6-5 victory versus RIT senior Tyler Brent at 184 pounds.</p><p>After an RIT forfeit at 197 pounds, nationally eighth-ranked junior Lance Moore registered a 19-4 technical fall with 32 seconds remaining in the second period to close out the match at 285 pounds. Moore improved to 10-1 with his win.</p> Third-ranked Messiah splits its four matches at Gator "Boots" Dual <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- </strong>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.</p><p>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).</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left; width: 50px; height: 50px;">No. 8 Dealware Valley at Desert Duals</strong></p><p><strong>LAS VEGAS --</strong> 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).</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p>