Phoenix wrestling splits dual matches at Campbellsville
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Phoenix wrestling splits dual matches at Campbellsville
Anthony Maia picked up a pair of wins Friday, including a pin against West Virginia Tech. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Nathan Walton won a pair of bouts and John Olivieri and Anthony Maia each picked up two victories for Cumberland wrestling, as the Phoenix split a pair of matches on Friday in Campbellsville, Ky., defeating West Virginia Tech before falling to 17th-ranked Campbellsville University.

Cumberland (5-8, 2-4 Mid-South) takes on third-ranked Life University in the team’s final dual match of the season this Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Marietta, Ga.

The Phoenix posted a 45-9 victory over West Virginia Tech thanks to three Forfeits and four pins by CU.

Blaine Fussell got things started on the right foot for Cumberland with a pin at 2:25 over Neko Aequilina at 125, but the Golden Bears answered with a Fall and a Decision to take the lead in the match.

WVU’s Tristan Bean pinned Austin Plumlee at 2:40 at 133 and Logan Robertson won a 7-4 Decision over Alema Favors at 133.

Maia pinned Devin Wilhelm at 6:14 at 149 and Joshua Teaster picked up a Forfeit for the Phoenix at 157 to put CU ahead in the match for good.

Matthew Sells outlasted Cameron Crislip for a 2-0 Decision at 165 for Cumberland and Walton, ranked seventh nationally at 174, pinned Caleb Barley at 2:36. Olivieri and Nawin Hyers also recorded Forfeits at 184 and 197, respectively, before Grayson Walthall finished off the match with a pin at 285 against Christian Lively at 4:04.

Things did not go as well for the Phoenix against the 17th-ranked Tigers, who jumped ahead early and fended off a comeback effort by Cumberland.

Campbellsville’s 11th-ranked Jordan Martinez won a 16-0 Tech Fall at 3:08 against Fussell at 125 and 18th-ranked Kolten Radaz won by Fall at 2:24 over Plumlee at 133.

Favors posted a 3-2 Decision against Aaron Rugnao at 141 to get the Phoenix on the board and Maia picked up a Forfeit at 149, but Chandler Woenker won by Fall at 0:44 at 157 over Teaster and Gavin Smith registered a 4-0 Decision versus Sells at 165, extending the Tigers lead to 20-9 in the match.

Walton pinned 13th-ranked Mahlic Sallah at 5:39 at 174 and 13th-ranked Olivieri collected a 3-2 Decision at 184 versus 15th-ranked Aaron Mosley, pulling CU within 20-18.

The Tigers won the last two bouts, with David Richardson pinning Hyers at 197 in 26 seconds and 11th-ranked Ashton Mutuwa registering a 5-3 Decision against Walthall at 285.

Cumberland University 45, West Virginia Tech 9

Wt. Class Winner Result Loser CU WVU
125 Blaine Fussell (CU) F: 2:25 Neko Aequilana (WVU) 6 0
133 Tristan Bean (WVU) F; 2:40 Austin Plumlee (CU) 6 6
141 Logan Robertson (WVU) D; 7-4 Alema Favors (CU) 6 9
149 Anthony Maia (CU) F: 6:14 Devin Wilhelm (WVU) 12 9
157 Joshua Teaster (CU) FOR   18 9
165 Matthew Sells (CU) D; 2-0 Cameron Crislip (WVU) 21 9
174 #7 Nathan Walton (CU) F; 2:36 Caleb Barley (WVU) 27 9
184 #13 John Olivieri (CU) FOR   33 9
197 Nawin Hyers (CU) FOR   39 9
285 Grayson Walthall (CU) F; 4:04 Christian Lively (WVU) 45 9

#17 Campbellsville University 29, Cumberland University 18

Wt. Class Winner Result Loser CU CAMP
125 #11 Jordan Martinez (CAMP) TF; 16-0; 3:08 Blaine Fussell (CU) 0 5
133 #18 Kolton Radaz (CAMP) F; 2:24 Austin Plumlee (CU) 0 11
141 Alema Favors (CU) D; 3-2 Aaron Rugnao (CAMP) 3 11
149 Anthony Maia (CU) FOR   9 11
157 Chandler Woenker (CAMP) F; 0:44 Joshua Teaster (CU) 9 17
165 Gavin Smith (CAMP) D; 4-0 Matthew Sells (CU) 9 20
174 #7 Nathan Walton (CU) F; 5:39 #13 Mahlic Sullah (CAMP) 15 20
184 #13 John Olivieri (CU) D; 3-2 Aaron Moseley (CAMP) 18 20
197 David Richardson (CAMP) F; 4:40 Nawin Hyers (CU) 18 26
285 #11 Ashton Mutuwa (CAMP) D; 5-3 Grayson Walthall (CU) 18 29

D – Decision
MD – Major Decision
TF – Technical Fall
F – Fall
FOR – Forfeit
MFOR – Medical Forfeit
INJ – Injury