Quaker wrestling rally comes up short


DEFIANCE — The Wilmington College wrestling team won the four heaviest weight classes, but Defiance College took the lighter-weight classes Sunday in a 28-21 victory over the Fightin’ Quakers.

The first two classes ended in forfeits with neither team claiming the 125-pound weight class and the Yellow Jackets taking the 133-pound weight class. Defiance won the next two classes by technical fall as Alexander Smith beat Garrett Simmons and Cortez Bradley bested Adrian Salamone. Victories via fall in the 157-pound (Matthew Beard over Patrick Kelley and 165-pound (Kerington Martin over Trey Williams) classes gave Defiance its 28 points.

Wilmington would win the final four matches with three coming via pin. Alex Hobbs (174-pound weight class) beat Sean Rankin in 3:00 while Caleb Tackett (197-pound weight class) needed just 1:05 to dispatch Mason Morris.

Shadrach Brausch (285-pound weight class) pinned Jonah Schlegel in 3:50 while Skyler Cowgill (184-pound weight class) earned a 6-3 decision over Jack Minner.

The Quakers have a quick turnaround as they host Ohio Northern University for an Ohio Athletic Conference dual match Tuesday evening.

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