WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.--No. 15 Cumberland goes on the road and defeats No. 20 the Cumberlands to remain perfect in Mid-South Conference play. The win sets up the Phoenix for a chance to claim the Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship this Friday at home in Lebanon.
The bout started at 149, giving the Patriots highest-ranked wrestler, No. 12 Jace Luchau the opportunity to put UC up early. Luchau delivered with a pin over Ramiro Mosquero in the second period for an early 6-0 lead.
No. 18 Eli Clemmons put the Phoenix on the board with a major decision over James Dosado to cut into that Patriots lead at 6-4.
No. 3 Cole Smith provided Cumberland their first lead with a 16-0 tech fall in the second period and No. 11 Ryan Long followed suit with a decision to give CU a 12-6 advantage.
Unfortunately, No. 23 Austin Antcliffe was upset by unranked Thomas Ketchen-Carter via a fall to tie the match. JT Oldknow battled hard at 197, but ultimately No. 23 Harold Gilmore clipped him with a sudden victory win to put the Pats backup 15-12.
No. 17 River Henry was able to knot the match again with a 2-0 decision over Seth Whitlock.
No. 22 Chris Butusil really created some separation for Cumberland by picking up a huge 22-7 tech fall and give Cumberland a five-point cushion. No. 18 Sammy Shires clinched the match at 133 with a major decision.
No. 17 Jared Dinh was upset in the final bout via a decision, but it did not affect the outcome of the match.
The win sets up the Phoenix for a chance to win the Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship this Friday at home. Cumberland is set to host a tridual with No. 18 Thomas More and No. 13 Lindsey Wilson. One of the three teams will leave Lebanon crowned the MSC Champions as Cumberland is tied with Lindsey Wilson at a perfect 5-0 and Thomas More is 4-1.