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
|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
|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