@INTechWrestling Upsets No. 2 MSUN, Place 7th at NWCA National Duals


January 12, 2014

RESULTS | DES MOINES, Iowa – The ninth-ranked Indiana Tech wrestling team took seventh place at the NWCA NAIA National Duals on Sunday, going 1-1 on the final day of competition. The Warriors opened competition with a tough, three-point loss to fifth-ranked Campbellsville before rebounding with a two-point victory over No.2 Montana State – Northern.

In their first dual of the day, the consolation semifinals against No. 5 Campbellsville, Tech got off to a rough start as Kristopher McKinley suffered a 5-3 loss in the first overtime, putting the Warriors behind 3-0. Justin Brooks picked up his teammate with a 13-0 major decision at 133-pounds to give Tech a 4-3 lead. A two-point decision at 141 and a three-point loss at 149 put the Orange and Black in a 9-4 holes, which was stretched to a 10-point lead with a Campbellsville tech fall at 157. A Kafuba Donzon 10-8 victory at 165-pounds gave Tech some life at 14-7. An 8-6 loss at 174 gave the Tigers a 17-7 lead but a huge fall by Taylor DeLong at 184 cut the lead to four, 17-13, with two weights to go. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Nate Knauf registered a fall for CU to put the dual out of reach at 23-13. Andre Dunn did make it close with a fall at 285, coupled with a Tigers unsportsmanlike conduct penalty accounted for the final margin of 22-19.

The Orange and Black didn’t fold in their final dual of the day, defeating the second-ranked Polar Bears of Montana State-Northern, 24-22. It was an inauspicious start for Tech once again as McKinley suffered a 5-3 loss to give MSUN the 3-0 lead. Mitch Pawlak then registered a fall at 133-pounds for a 6-3 lead, but a fall at 141 gave the Polar Bears another three-point lead, 9-6. Mitch Roadruck evened the score with a 15-14 win at 149-pounds but back-to-back major decisions at 157 and 165 gave the lead back to MSUN, 17-9. A Donzon 7-4 decision at 174 gave Tech some life and a forfeit at 184 gave LJ Grayson six points to take back the lead, 18-17. A tech fall at 187 gave MSUN the four-point lead with one weight class to go and Dunn stepped up for Tech once again. The Warriors heavyweight registered his second win of the day, recording a fall at 2:45 to seal the 24-22 victory for the Warriors.

Indiana Tech returns to the mat on Saturday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Marshall, Mo. to take part in the Missouri Valley Invitational hosted by third-ranked Missouri Valley College.

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