Bulldogs Jolt Host Trine Thunder in MIAA Men's Wrestling, 35-9

Bulldogs Jolt Host Trine Thunder in MIAA Men's Wrestling, 35-9

ANGOLA, Ind.--The Adrian College men's wrestling team won its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match in 36 years a memorable one on Tuesday, whipping host Trine Thunder 35-9 at Hershey Hall.

The Bulldogs overcame a brief three-point deficit to take six of the next seven bouts in the rout, keyed by three pins by freshman Isaiah Espinoza at 285 pounds, freshman Elijah Sanchez at 133 and sophomore Devon Pingel at 184.

Adrian got on the scoreboard at 285 where Espinoza pinned Ethan Simmons with 42 seconds remaining in the first period. The Bulldogs led 6-3.

Freshman Josh Miller won by forfeit at 125 and Sanchez pinned Dominic Pecoraro in 95 seconds to build the Bulldogs to an 18-3 advantage.

Trine came away with victories in three individual matches, beginning with newcomer Chase Gibson at 197 pounds with a 7-4 decision against Zach Reynolds that gave Trine the early 3-0 overall lead. Caleb Maddox also won at 141 to make the score 18-6 and Nick Miller prevailed at 174 to make it 29-9 Adrian.

Adrian also won three straight bouts from 149 to 165 weight classes, highlighted by a 5-0 shutout by freshman Zach Altman.

Pingel punctuated the Bulldogs' first MIAA win since the 1982-83 campaign with the fastest pin of the night in 79 seconds in the finale. He improves to a team-best 20-3 record on the season.

Adrian, which evens the all-time series with Trine 2-2, returns to the mat on Thursday (6 p.m.) when it hosts non-conference opponent Case Western Reserve for Senior Night at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.

197: Chase Gibson (TU) dec. Zach Reynolds (AC), 7-4
285: Isaiah Espinoza (AC) pinned Ethan Simmons (TU), 2:18
125: Josh Miller (AC) won via forfeit
133: Elijah Sanchez (AC) pinned Dominic Pecoraro (TU), 1:35
141: Caleb Maddox (TU) dec. Dominic Paterra (AC), 6-2
149: Noah Nieman (AC) tech. fall Nevan Freestone (TU), 20-5 (5:51)
157: Ethan Garcia (AC) dec. Brandon Minear (TU), 7-4
165: Zach Altman (AC) dec. Owen Conklin (TU), 5-0
174: Nick Miller (TU) dec. Bryant Moore (AC), 8-3
184: Devon Pingel (AC) pinned Luke Carver (TU), 1:19

Team Records:
Adrian - (6-2, 1-1 MIAA)
Trine - (4-5, 0-2 MIAA)