No. 1 Grand View overpowers No. 9 Cumberland, 43-6
Thursday, January 6, 2022
No. 1 Grand View overpowers No. 9 Cumberland, 43-6
No. 1 Cole Smith remains unbeaten on the season with a 5-2 win over a Top-10 opponent. (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

LOUISVILLE,Ky.--No. 1 Grand View proved to have too much firepower for the Phoenix to handle sending No. 9 Cumberland to the loser's bracket with a 43-6 loss in the second round of the NWCA National Duals. 

No. 2 Justin Portillo put the Vikings up 6-0 after a first period pin of No. 8 Carter Cox. No. 16 Keshawn Laws got three points back with a decision, but No. 4 Shea Ruffridge and No. 7 Jack Latimer answered with back-to-back pins at 141 and 149 to put Grand View up 18-3 after four matches. 

Unranked Israel Casarez upset No. 6 Anthony Maia posting a 9-4 decision to push the Vikings lead out to 22-3 at the halfway point.

No. 1 Cole Smith picked up another statement win defeating No. 7 Marty Margolis at 165 with a 5-2 decision to cut the score to 22-6. No. 2 Casey Randles topped Matthew Sells with a 15-0 tech fall and No. 1 Ben Lee pinned Austin Antcliffe in the first to put it out of reach, 33-6.

Cumberland forfeited the 197-weight class and heavyweight Tommy Mommer defeated Grant Clarkson with a 15-0 tech fall to allow No. Grand View to move forward in the winners' bracket.

With the loss, Cumberland is sent to the losers' bracket and will compete tonight at 5:00 p.m. against the winner of No. 7 Southeastern and RV Brewton-Parker. Cumberland defeated Brewton-Parker earlier this season at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena 35-12. A win in that match will keep them in the hunt for fifth place. 

FINAL SCORE: No. 9 CUMBERLAND 25, No. 10 Marian 10
125: #2 Justin Portillo (GV) def. #8 Carter Cox (CU) (Fall 1:53)
133: #16 Keshawn Laws (CU) def. Mikey Mascarenas (GV) (Dec. 6-2)
141: #4 Shea Ruffridge def. Blaine Fussel (CU) (Fall 2:33)
149: #7 Jack Latimer (GV) def. Eli Clemmons (CU) (Fall 0:41)
157: Israel Casarez (GV) def. #6 Anthony Maia (CU) (Dec. 9-4)
165: #1 Cole Smith (CU) def. #7 Marty Margolis (GV) (Dec. 5-2)
174:  #2 Casey Randles (GV) def. Matthew Sells (CU) (TF 15-0)
184:  #1 Ben Lee (GV) def. Autsin Antcliffe (CU) (Fall 0:31)
197:  No. 6 Owen Braungardt (GV) def. unknown (FF)
285: Tommy Mommer def. Grant Clarkson (TF 15-0)