LEBANON, Tenn. – Austin Plumlee, Nathan Walton and Nawin Hyers each posted pins and Cumberland won 7-of-10 bouts overall in a 30-15 victory over third-ranked Life University in wrestling action Wednesday night in Marietta, Ga.
The Phoenix (6-8, 3-4) ended the regular season with their first win over a ranked opponent after seven losses, four of those to conference opponents. CU next participates in the Mid-South Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ky., on February 16.
The Running Eagles won by Fall at 125 to start with the match, with Stephen Moreno picking up the victory against Blaine Fussell in 52 seconds, but Plumlee evened the match with a pin at 133 at 4:43 over Ethan McDonald.
Alema Favors recorded a 13-6 Decision against Robby Earick at 141 and Anthony Maia collected a 12-9 Decision versus Mason Calvert at 149 for a 12-6 CU advantage, but Life’s top-ranked Nosomy Pozo evened the march with a Fall at 2:56 over Joshua Teaster at 157.
Cumberland then won four straight bouts, starting with a 4-3 Decision at 165 by Matthew Sells against Phillip McBride. Walton, ranked seventh nationally, then pinned second-ranked Lucius Van Rensburg at 2:20 at 174, and John Olivieri tallied a 10-3 Decision versus Yakariel Judah at 184.
Hyers finished the scoring for the Phoenix with a pin at 4:42 against Austin Brown at 197. CU’s Grayson Walthall was edged out in the final bout at 285 by 16th-ranked Brandon Hill, a 5-4 Decision.
Cumberland University 30, #3 Life University
|125||Stephen Moreno (LIFE)||F; 0:52||Blaine Fussell (CU)||0||6|
|133||Austin Plumlee (CU)||F; 4:43||Ethan McDonald (LIFE)||6||6|
|141||Alema Favors (CU)||D; 13-6||Robby Earick (LIFE)||9||6|
|149||Anthony Maia (CU)||D; 12-9||Mason Calvery (LIFE)||12||6|
|157||#1 Nosomy Pozo (LIFE)||F; 2:56||Joshua Teaster (CU)||12||12|
|165||Matthew Sells (CU)||D; 4-3||Phillip McBride (LIFE)||15||12|
|174||#7 Nathan Walton (CU)||F; 2:20||#2 Lucius Van Rensberg (LIFE)||21||12|
|184||#13 John Olivieri (CU)||D; 10-3||Yakariel Judah (LIFE)||24||12|
|197||Nawin Hyers (CU)||F; 4:42||Austin Brown (LIFE)||30||12|
|285||#16 Brandon Hill (LIFE)||D; 5-4||Grayson Walthall (CU)||30||15|
D – Decision
MD – Major Decision
TF – Technical Fall
F – Fall
FOR – Forfeit
MFOR – Medical Forfeit
INJ – Injury