No. 20 Wrestlers go 4-0 at Mount Union Duals

No. 20 Wrestlers go 4-0 at Mount Union Duals

Alliance, Ohio - The Alma College wrestling team, ranked 20th in the latest NWCA Division III Poll, made a statement on Saturday (Nov. 21) afternoon, posting a 4-0 record at the Mount Union Duals.

The Scots took down three nationally-ranked teams during the afternoon, including No. 3 Messiah College, 27-12, in Alma's first dual of the day. Sophomore Hunter Machus (Bronson, Mich./Bronson), freshman Romeo Riley (Kalamazoo, Mich./Kalamazoo Central), senior JJ Sadler (Wetmore, Mich./Wetmore), and senior Jamie Jakes (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) all posted decisions over their opponents, while senior Shawn Brewer (New Boston, Mich./Huron) had a major decision victory while and senior Trevor Maresh (Northville, Mich./Northville) recorded a technical fall victory. The big match of the opening dual meet from unranked sophomore Travis Heller (Escanaba, Mich./Escanaba) who pinned sixth-ranked Derek Beitz of Messiah.

The Scots celebration was short lived, as they fell to an early 16-0 deficit to host and 15th-ranked Mount Union. After dropping the first four weight classes to the Raiders, the Scots took the next 30 points to capture the victory. Brewer, sophomore Taylor McPhail (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores), Heller, and Jakes all won by fall. Victories also came from Maresh (4-2 decision), and senior Caleb Huff (Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis), who won by a 5-4 decision.

Alma also gained victories over No. 23 Lycoming, 33-9, and Thiel, 36-6. Brewer, Heller, Jakes and Maresh all were unbeaten on the day, going 4-0, while strong performances also came from Machus and Riley who were 3-1.

Alma College takes to the mat again on Saturday, Dec. 5, participating in the Ohio Northern Invitational.

NOTES

• In the latest NWCA Division III rankings, the Scots were polled 20th as a team. Trevor Maresh was ranked third in the 285-pound weight class, while Shawn Brewer was fifth at 157 pounds.

• In the most recent rankings by MyHOUSE/d3wrestle.com, Maresh (285) is third, Brewer (157) is eighth, and Jame Jakes was just outside the top 10 in the 197-pound class.

• The Scots are 5-0 in dual meets this season.

• Alma's individual records during the day: Victor Sosa-Sevilla - 2-2 (125); Hunter Machus - 3-1 (133); Romeo Riley - 3-1 (141); JJ Sadler - 1-3 (149); Shawn Brewer - 4-0 (157); Taylor McPhail - 2-2 (165); Travis Heller - 4-0 (174); Caleb Huff - 1-0 (184); Trent Hullett - 1-2 (184); Jamie Jakes - 4-0 (197); Trevor Maresh - 4-0 (285) 

QUOTES

Head Coach Todd Hibbs

"It was a terrific start to the season for us. We want to take the next step and compete with teams that are in the top five and top ten in the nation and wrestle with confidence today, and we were able to do that. We've got a long way to go, and we will keep trying to get better, but this was a good start for us."

RESULTS

Match #1: Alma College defeated #3 Messiah 27-12

125 - Lucas Malmberg (Messiah) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) TF 19-4
133 - Hunter Machus (Alma College) over Hunter Harris (Messiah) Dec 9-4
141 - Romeo Riley (Alma College) over Lee Cassel (Messiah) Dec 6-2
149 - Jarrett Sadler (Alma College) over Adam Peris (Messiah) Dec 6-1
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) over Tag Wilbur (Messiah) Maj 11-3
165 - Jeff Hojnacki (Messiah) over Taylor McPhail (Alma College) Dec 6-1
174 - Travis Heller (Alma College) over Derek Beitz (Messiah) Fall 4:13
184 - Ben Swarr (Messiah) over Trent Hullett (Alma College) Maj 12-0
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) over Kyle Koser (Messiah) Dec 5-1
285 - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) over David Giovannacci (Messiah) TF 16-0

Match #2: Alma College defeated #15 Mount Union 30-16

125 - Nick Mancini (Mount Union) over Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) TF 22-4
133 - Alec Cotton (Mount Union) over Hunter Machus (Alma College) TB-1 2-0
141 - Jeremy Border (Mount Union) over Romeo Riley (Alma College) TF 18-3
149 - Seth McCurdy (Mount Union) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma College) Dec 3-2
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) over Alex Funderburg (Mount Union) Fall 1:48
165 - Taylor McPhail (Alma College) over Jesse Gross (Mount Union) Fall 3:56
174 - Travis Heller (Alma College) over Nick Miller (Mount Union) Fall 2:18
184 - Caleb Huff (Alma College) over Connor Rogers (Mount Union) Dec 5-4
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) over Aaron Page (Mount Union) Fall 4:19
285 - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) over Jake Alaire (Mount Union) Dec 3-2

Match #3: Alma College defeated Thiel 36-6

125 - Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) over Justin Walter (Thiel) Dec 10-3
133 - Hunter Machus (Alma College) over Giuliano Graziosi (Thiel) Fall 1:36
141 - Romeo Riley (Alma College) over Robert Ritschard (Thiel) Dec 6-1
149 - Nick Sutton (Thiel) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma College) Dec 8-2
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) over Jordan Smith (Thiel) Dec 8-3
165 - Taylor McPhail (Alma College) over Dominic Farabaugh (Thiel) Dec 13-7
174 - Travis Heller (Alma College) over Nick Guzma (Thiel) Fall 0:33
184 - Marco Crivelli (Thiel) over Trent Hullett (Alma College) Dec 8-6
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) over Tyler Wright (Thiel) Fall 2:09
285 - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) over Alex Streich (Thiel) Fall 2:15

Match #4: Alma College defeated #23 Lycoming 33-9

125 - Victor Sosa-Sevilla (Alma College) over Kyle Drick (Lycoming) Dec 7-6
133 - Hunter Machus (Alma College) over Will Newmiller (Lycoming) Fall 3:33
141 - Romeo Riley (Alma College) over Joseph Santomarco (Lycoming) Dec 5-0
149 - Seth Lansberry (Lycoming) over Jarrett Sadler (Alma College) Dec 10-4
157 - Shawn Brewer (Alma College) over Matt Neff (Lycoming) Maj 10-0
165 - Nolan Barger (Lycoming) over Taylor McPhail (Alma College) Fall 5:31
174 - Travis Heller (Alma College) over Brandon Conrad (Lycoming) Dec 4-1
184 - Trent Hullett (Alma College) over Brandon Rudy (Lycoming) Dec 9-3
197 - Jamie Jakes (Alma College) over Kysheem Johnson (Lycoming) Fall 4:09
285 - Trevor Maresh (Alma College) over Tom Lynd (Lycoming) TF 16-0