WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson wrestling team suffered its first conference dual loss of the season on Wednesday night to Cumberlands (Ky.) by a 23-9 margin at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.
The fifth-ranked Blue Raiders wrap up the regular season with a 7-3 overall record, while the fourth-ranked Patriots improve to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mid-South Conference, capturing the regular season title with the win.
In a dual that saw seven matches between ranked wrestlers, the Blue Raiders were able to come away with just three victories on the night.
Chad Lampe (ranked No. 15 at 125 pounds) fell behind 5-0 early in the second period against top-ranked 125-pounder Hayden Lee, but Lampe used a reversal, a takedown and a two-point near fall in the final seconds of the second period to tie the match at 6-6. A takedown by Lee with a minute to go in the match was the difference maker as Lampe fell 8-6.
Brady Moser (No. 10 at 133) had his hands full with top-ranked and two-time national semifinalist Jake Sinkovics at 133 pounds. Sinkovics surrendered just one escape point as Moser fell in a 12-1 major decision to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
Lucas McCain used a reversal at the end of the first period to trail Trent Leon (No. 16 at 141) by a single point at 4-3, but McCain struggled to score from there as Trent Leon used a reversal and near fall in the second to pull away, eventually winning 8-4 and putting Cumberlands up 10-0
The 149-pound bout featured the top two ranked wrestlers in the NAIA with a combined 31-0 record coming into the night. Cam Tessari (No. 1 at 149) quickly fell behind and had to narrowly avoid a pin after Tres Leon (No. 2 at 149) was on top with a 6-0 lead before Tessari trimmed the gap to 7-2 at the end of the first. Tessari started down in the second and had a quick reversal and two-point near fall to make it 7-6 by the end of the second. Tessari then suffered a takedown with 30 seconds to go, and despite picking up a ride time point and a stall point, Tessari was unable to secure an escape in the final 10 seconds as Tres Leon held on for the 9-8 win and made the dual lead 13-0.
After a scoreless opening period, Hoffman (No. 18 at 157) suffered a takedown but was able to get a reversal in the final seconds of the second period to trail by one to Bobby Ehman. But Ehman secured two more takedowns in the third to put the match away 8-4 and take a 16-0 dual lead.
A first period takedown was the difference maker in the 165-pound class as No. 3-ranked Diorian Coleman defeated No. 11 Tristan Macri to put the Blue Raiders on the board. Coleman used an escape from the bottom position to start period three and picked up a ride time point for the 4-2 win and cut the lead to 16-3.
Colton Gonzalez (No. 8 at 174) and Hunter Bell (No. 10 at 174) wrestled to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation as things went into overtime. After a scoreless first sudden victory period, each grappler escaped in their respective bottom periods to tie things again at 4-4. In a wild finish in the second sudden victory period, Bell took down Gonzalez in the waning seconds, but Gonzalez quickly escaped and took down Bell to edge out the 7-6 victory and make it 16-6 overall.
Kohl Dodd battled hard against top-ranked Cameron Jones at the 184-pound class, even taking a 5-4 lead, but Jones used his size and his power to rack up the takedowns and grab the 15-7 major decision, mathematically sealing the victory with a 20-6 lead with two matches to go.
In another ranked battle at 197 pounds, 20th-ranked Corey Hinkle defeated 11th-ranked Eric Deluse in overtime 3-1. After a scoreless opening period and each grappler escaping in their bottom periods the match went to the sudden victory period. In that period, Hinkle used a quick shot to grab a takedown and the 3-1 win to make it 20-9.
In a top-10 battle at the heavyweight class, No. 10 Quandre Chisholm defeated No. 5 Brandon Reed by a 5-1 margin. Chisholm used his top position to keep Reed from being able to generate any offense while also picking up the ride time point for the 5-1 victory and completing the 23-9 dual victory.
The Blue Raiders return to the mat on Feb. 17 for the Mid-South Conference Championship/NAIA East Qualifier in Bowling Green, Ky.