CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--Cole Smith, River Henry, and Patrick Depiazza posted decisions and Carter Cox won via a forfeit, but Cumberland drops the season opener to Chattanooga, 25-15.
The dual match began at the 165-weight class and the No. 2 ranked 165 in the NAIA Cole Smith scored the first points of the season with a decision over Caleb Waddell. The match came down to a point that Smith received from riding time to get the 5-4 win.
At 174, Carial Tarter defeated Matthew Sells 6-2 to tie the match at 3-3 and Thomas Sell pinned Austin Antcliffe in the second period to give the Mocs a 9-3 lead.
River Henry earned a hard-fought 7-2 win over Landon Lewis at 197 and the No. 3 NAIA heavyweight Patrick Depiazza held on for 4-3 decision to tie the match at 9-9.
Cox won by forfeit to give Cumberland six points, but Brayden Palmer won by a decison over Keshawn Laws.
With three matches to go, Cumberland held a 15-12 lead, but a pin at 141 and a major decision at 149 put the match out of reach.
In the final match, Grant Lundy posted a 7-3 decision over Anthony Maia for Chattanooga to win 25-15.
Cumberland will continue with the start of their season tomorrow in their first open of the season in Williamsburg, Ky. at the Patriot Open.
FINAL SCORE: CHATTANOOGA 25 – CUMBERLAND 15
165: #2 Cole Smith (CU) over Caleb Waddell (CHAT) (Dec 5-4)
174: Carial Tarter (CHAT) over Matthew Sells (CU) (Dec 6-2)
184: Thomas Sell (CHAT) over Austin Antcliffe (CU) (Fall 3:43)
197: River Henry (CU) over Landon Lewis (CHAT) (Dec 7-2)
285: #3 Patrick Depiazza (CU) over Matthias Ervin (CHAT) (Dec 4-3)
125: #4 Carter Cox (CU) over unknown (CHAT) (For.)
133: Brayden Palmer (CHAT) over #17 Keshawn Laws (CU) (Dec 6-0)
141: Colton Landers (CHAT) over Hayden Lemmons (CU) (Fall 4:44)
149: Noah Castillo (CHAT) over Joseph Frye (CU) (MD 17-5)
157: Grant Lundy (CHAT) over #5 Anthony Maia (CU) (Dec 7-3)