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Lindsey Wilson Wrestling goes 1-2 at NWCA National Duals

Bradford, Miozza win titles at NUWAY Open
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By Charles Balcom, Assistant Sports Information Director, LWC

FORT WAYNE, IN - (Thu 4 Jan 2017) The Lindsey Wilson wrestling team won one dual and dropped two others at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NWCA) 2018 Multi-Divisional National Duals on Thursday at War Memorial Coliseum.

Lindsey Wilson got things started with a victory over conference foe Campbellsville (KY) before falling to six-time defending national champion Grand View (Iowa). The Blue Raiders then suffered their second loss of the 16-team tournament when they fell to No. 14-ranked Embry-Riddle (AZ).

A number of Blue Raiders also competed at the NUWAY Open being held at the War Memorial Coliseum alongside the NWCA Duals.

Brett Bradford and Lucas Miozza captured first place in the 165 and 184-pound weight classes, respectively, while Corey Hinkle added a sixth-place finish at 197 pounds.

Bradford defeated four of his five opponents via pin, including three pins that took less than two minutes. In the championship bout, Bradford pinned Indiana Tech's Mason Gaines in one minute and 52 seconds to claim the bracket title.

Miozza started his day with a trio of impressive victories. He pinned his first opponent in 1:42 before a 15-0 tech fall and a 15-6 major decision. After a 9-3 decision earned him a spot in the finals, Miozza claimed first place after he edged out Upper Iowa's Jami Gehling with a 4-3 decision. Hinkle dropped his first match but then rolled off four-straight wins, including a pair of pins, to reach the fifth-place match. Hinkle eventually took a medical forfeit, placing sixth.

Lindsey Wilson 21 - Campbellsville 15

The Blue Raiders got the event started with a victory over Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville in the first matchup of the day. The dual was level between the two programs, which are tied for No. 11 in the latest NAIA poll, heading into the final two matches before the Blue Raiders pulled out the victory.

Campbellsville struck first with a victory at the 125-pound match, but Brady Moser (ranked No. 12 at 133 pounds) pulled LWC ahead after he pinned Kolten Radaz in 1:27. The Tigers recorded a pin of their own in the 141 match to make it a 9-6 Campbellsville lead.

The Blue Raiders then rolled off three-straight decision victories to move back out front 15-9. Mark Taijeron narrowly edged out David Sparks 8-7 at 149 pounds, Bryce Hoffman bettered Michael Diemer 6-4 at 157, and Diorian Coleman (No. 5 at 165) defeated LJ Henderson 5-1.

Campbellsville had an answer of its own, winning the next two matches to tie the score at 15-15.

In a top-five matchup between Colton Gonzalez (No. 5 at 174) and Justin Brown (No. 2 at 174), the match went to overtime tied 1-1 after the first three regulation periods. Things also remained even throughout the sudden victory and top-bottom periods, with each side escaping in their respective down periods. Brown eventually secured the win after accumulating more riding time during the overtime sessions.

Top-ranked Charles Sharon then leveled the match for the Tigers after a 5-1 victory over Kohl Dodd at 184 pounds.

Avery Buckman gave the Blue Raiders a crucial victory at 197 pounds after he used a takedown in overtime over Jacob Franklin for the SV-1 5-3 victory to make it 18-15 for LWC. Brandon Reed (No. 11 at heavyweight) then sealed the deal with an 8-2 decision to give the Blue Raiders the 21-15 victory.

Lindsey Wilson 9 - Grand View 36

Lindsey Wilson led early against Grand View, but the six-time defending national champion Vikings won the final seven matches to top the Blue Raiders.

Michael Sergent dropped the 125-pound match to No. 3-ranked Matthew Nguyen to start the affair, but Moser answer with a 9-2 decision over Omeed Chamanzad for the Blue Raiders to tie the score 3-3. Dante Castellano picked up six LWC points after his opponent was disqualified, giving the Blue Raiders the 9-3 lead.

Grand View would not lose the remainder of the dual as top-ranked and 2017 national champion Josh Wenger recorded a pin at 149 pounds to tie the score at 9-9. Wenger was one of five Vikings in the dual ranked third or better in the NAIA rankings. Mason Miller then gave Grand View the lead with a 10-4 victory over Hoffman.

The Blue Raiders dropped a pair of tight decisions at the 165 and 174-pound weight classes. Fifth-ranked Coleman fell to No. 1-ranked and defending champion Grant Henderson 3-0, while fifth-ranked Gonzalez narrowly fell to third-ranked Dylan Blackford 4-3.

Grand View won via major decision at 184, Elliott Porter suffered an 18-0 tech fall to No. 2-ranked defending champion Evan Hansen, and Raynel Brown (No. 17 at heavyweight) was pinned by No. 2-ranked and 2016 champion Dean Broghammer as the Vikings pulled away for the 36-9 victory.

Lindsey Wilson 15 - Embry-Riddle 31

Lindsey Wilson won just three matches in the dual against Embry-Riddle, with two of those wins coming via pin.

Embry-Riddle was out front early after a major decision at 125 pounds, but once again Moser provided a victory at 133 pounds, this time pinning Collin Anderson (No. 14 at 133) in 2:41 to put LWC up 6-3.

Dante Castellano dropped a tight decision in overtime to Cameron Huizar (No. 17 at 141) SV-2 2-3 to even the match at 6-6. The Eagles won the next two matches to pull head, first with a pin in the third period in the 149-pound match and then fourth-ranked James Williams topped Hoffman in the 157-pound bout 10-3.

The second victory for the Blue Raiders came when Bradford needed just 53 seconds to pin 16th-ranked Taylor Owens in the 165-pound match, trimming the Embry-Riddle lead to 16-12. Coleman wrestled up a class but suffered a tight 4-2 loss to 10th-ranked Kody Davis at 174 pounds. Gonzalez also wrestled up a class at 184 and was able to secure an 8-6 victory, but it would be the final score of the dual for LWC. Back-to-back pins for the Eagles at 197 and heavyweight gave Embry-Riddle the 31-15 victory.

This story was posted on 2018-01-04 20:56:44
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