Mount Vernon, Ia. – The Men's Wrestling team traveled to Cornell College this morning to take on the Rams on their home mats. The Blue Jays wrestled a dual match against the Rams and then also took part in some extra matches to gain some more mat time.
The team traveled a little shorthanded with seven guys but those that did travel battled. Despite some great performances by the Blue Jays, the Rams were able to prevail 41-13. The Blue Jays were unable to field a competitor at the 133 pound, 141 pound and 165 pound weight classes so that resulted in 18 points due to forfeits for the Rams.
Brock Davis came through for the Blue Jays in the 125 pound weight class, as he pinned his opponent three minutes and twenty one seconds into his match to give the Blue Jays six points. Cornell returned the favor in the 149 pound weight class, as the Rams Jacob Ramirez pinned Jackson Beene. Westminster's Mr. Dependable Sean Sax came through with a 6-3 decision over the Rams Austin Thomas to net the Blue Jays three more points. Cornell was victorious in the 174 Pound and 184 pound classes by pin and by Technical Fall allowing the Rams to pick up 11 points.
Montgomery Mills picked up the final win of the day for the Blue Jays as he scored a major decision over the Rams Zachary Finn, rolling to a 17-3 final. In the heavyweight class Cornell's Drake Fox pinned Kobe Kaminski. After the match was concluded the Westminster seven stayed and wrestled matches against Cornell's back ups to gain more mat time.
Head Coach Tony Eierman was pleased with the Blue Jays first match of the season. "We brought seven guys and ended up wrestling 26 matches! They were called warriors by the other coaches! All seven started and wrestled their backups." Coach Eierman added "Brock beat their starter at 125 and then bumped up a weight class and beat their starter at 133 and two of the 133 backups. Sean beat their starter at 157 and then beat their starter at 165 and his two backups. Those two showed tons of heart wrestling four matches within 90 minutes each! Montgomery Mills had an impressive two out of three wins while Kobe went one and one with a huge pin in his second match. First timers Jackson, Dawson and Will worked hard but came up short. I am very proud of our effortsthis week!
The men will have a short week as they are back in action on Thursday at Fontbonne University and then their first home dual of the season on Friday against Iowa Wesleyan University.