Augustana thriller highlights Mat Mayhem appearance

FORT WAYNE, IND. – A quartet of bonus-point outcomes amongst six individual victories helped Manchester University pick up its second dual win of the season Thursday, Jan. 4.

Freshman 125-pounder Josh Stephenson (Yorktown, Ind.), senior 141-pounder Chase Wilson(Peru, Ind.), sophomore 149-pounder Jordan Napier (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior 174-pounder Tristan Wilson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) helped stake the Black and Gold towards its 26-point team score. Stephenson received a forfeit, while Napier and Tristan Wilson picked up pins, and Chase Wilson won by major decision. Junior 133-pounder Ben Cauffman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added his name to the plus side, too, with a decision.

Augustana College of Illinois mirrored their opponents in the final session of the day, winning two by fall, one by forfeit and one by decision for a 25-25 tie. However, a failure to control mat area point was leveled against them to send the Spartans to the 26-25 win to move their season dual record to 2-7.

MU’s stay at the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Division III section of the annual Mat Mayhem Multidivisional National Duals featured three clashes inside Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Coach Kevin Lake’s squad picked up a pair of individual triumphs in a 43-6 loss to No. 11-ranked Coe College of Iowa and three wins as part of a 33-9 defeat at the hands of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before taking on the Vikings of the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in an extra match-up.

In the opener versus the Kohawks, freshman 125-pounder Elijuh Weaver (Warren, Mich.) and Napier claimed decisions for the six-point team score. Against the Eagles in the consolation round, Cauffman, Chase Wilson and Napier each garnered decisions to put the Black and Gold ahead 9-6 before UW-La Crosse reeled off four bonus-point victories over the final six matches to turn the tide.

Manchester University returns to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena to host the annual Spartan Mat Classic Saturday, Jan. 13. Action begins at 9 a.m.

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