Three Bulldogs win at King College Open
LEBANON, Tenn. – Junior James Casadaban, senior Corey Bleaken and junior BJ Stewart all won their weight classes, while freshman Noah Hunt and sophomore Neil Birt both placed fourth in their weight divisions for the Cumberland wrestling team Sunday at the King College Open in Bristol, Tenn.
Casadaban swept through the 157-pound class with four straight victories. The New Orleans, La., native defeated Virginia Tech’s Taylor Knapp, 6-1; Campbellsville’s Conor Young, 9-3; Lindsey Wilson’s Bobby Nash, 9-5; and Dustin Center from Univ. of the Cumberlands, 7-2. Casadaban is now 8-2 this season for the Bulldogs.
Bleaken posted three victories, all by Fall, to win the 165-pound class. The Clifton, N.J., native registered a triumph over Lindsey Wilson’s Taylor Doan by Fall at 1:34; versus Campbellsville’s Josh Ashbrook by Fall at 4:20; and over Campbellsville’s James Linker by Fall at 5:57.
Stewart also won three matches to claim the heavyweight class. The Rome, Ga., native defeated Craig Carrodeagus from Univ. of the Cumberlands by Fall at 1:11; Collin Campbell, 7-2; and Campbellsville’s Jeremiah Fennell by Fall at 1:51.
Hunt placed fourth at 125, winning his first two matches and then another in the consolation draw. The Dacula, Ga., native posted victories over Spartanburg Methodist’s Charles Epps by Fall at 5:29 and King College’s Eddie Long, 6-4, before dropping a 5-2 decision to Larone Madison from Univ. of the Cumberlands. Hunt then defeated Lindsey Wilson’s Ethan Miller, 12-8, before falling, 10-4, to Spartanburg Methodist’s Christopher Jones.
Birt followed the same pattern as Hunt, winning twice in the main draw and once in the consolation bracket at 133. The Fairview Park, Ohio, native defeated Virginia Tech’s Dave Louks by Fall at 4:49 and Zachary Barkett from Univ. of the Cumberlands by Fall at 1:55. Birt lost, 8-3, to Spartanburg Methodist’s Chris Teague, but bounced back with a 6-5 triumph over Louks before dropping a 12-8 decision to Virginia Tech’s Cameron Hurd.
Andrew Shoultz also had a good day for the Bulldogs at 149, winning his first match by Fall at 4:50 over Jeremy Bollman from Univ. of the Cumberlands before falling, 10-2, to Lindsey Wilson’s Zach McCormick. Shoultz came back to post four more victories in the consolation draw, including wins over Lindsey Wilson’s KT Routt by Fall at 3:45; Campbellsville’s Brandon Sellers by Fall at 1:05; Lindsey Wilson’s Craig West, 8-1; and King College’s Robbie White, 9-4. The Petersburg, Ind., native eventually lost by Fall at 3:56 to Lindsey Wilson’s Jacob Shirley.
Cumberland travels to Lindsey Wilson for a dual match Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will participate in the University of Missouri Open this Sunday in Columbia, Mo.