Slow Start for Men's Wrestling at Alma Stymies Bulldogs

Freshman Elijah Sanchez wrestles at 133 pounds. (Action photo by Lourdes Athletics.)
Freshman Elijah Sanchez wrestles at 133 pounds. (Action photo by Lourdes Athletics.)

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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