ALMA, Mich.--Host Alma College won four of the first five bouts to take a 29-12 victory Thursday over Adrian College in the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's wrestling match in 35 years.
Freshman Zach Altman, a spring semester addition, won his collegiate debut at 165 pounds by defeating Erik Arnegard in a 6-1 decision. Altman darted to a six-point lead before Arnegard spoiled the shutout in the third period.
Sophomore Devon Pingel and junior Zach Reynolds gave the Bulldogs back-to-back wins at 184 and 197, respectively. Pingel breezed by Dylan Seaton in a 9-2 decision and Reynolds broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period with an escape to edge Austin Popp by a point.
125: Austin Wieczorek (Alma College) over Judah Caballero (Adrian) (MD 8-0)/Alma leads 4-0
133: Elijah Sanchez (Adrian) over Chase Beecher (Alma College) (Dec 10-5)/Alma leads 4-3
141: Brendan Ladd (Alma College) over Dominic Paterra (Adrian) (Fall 4:32)/Alma leads 10-3
149: Zachary Cooper (Alma College) over Noah Nieman (Adrian) (TF 16-0 3:25)/Alma leads 15-3
157: Jayce Kuehnlein (Alma College) over Ethan Garcia (Adrian) (MD 8-0)/Alma leads 19-3
165: Zach Altman (Adrian) over Erik Arnegard (Alma College) (Dec 6-1)/Alma leads 19-6
174: Lucas Brewer (Alma College) over Derick Duvall (Adrian) (MD 13-3)/Alma leads 23-6
184: Devon Pingel (Adrian) over Dylan Seaton (Alma College) (Dec 9-2)/Alma leads 23-9
197: Zach Reynolds (Adrian) over Austin Popp (Alma College) (Dec 3-2)/Alma leads 23-12
285: Jacob Ransom (Alma College) over Isaiah Espinoza (Adrian) (Fall 6:46)/Alma leads 29-12
Exhibition: Isaac Nave (Alma College) vs. Wyatt Adams (Adrian) at 149
The MIAA last sponsored men's wrestling as a conference championship sport during the 1983-84 season, when the College discontinued the sport due to budget.
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