ADRIAN – The rivalry between the cities of Adrian College and the University of Siena Heights added another sport to its repertoire on Saturday night at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center as the men’s wrestling programs faced off for the first time.
The Bulldogs got the better of the understaffed Saints, taking the win 46-3 to move to 4-5 in doubles so far this year.
“We understand that wrestling is about scoring points, and our guys have done a very, very good job of making sure we stay consistent and look to score points,” Adrian head coach Bill said. Schindel. “They did a crazy job doing this, and when we could find bonus points, we found bonus points.”
Even though his team fell to 0-2 in a one-on-one this year and won a one-on-one fight, Siena Heights coach Derrik Marry was pleased with the level of competition his grapplers had.
“When you’re young and field a team made up of all the freshmen and face a Division III (NCAA) top 20 team with a ton of returning All-Americans, that’s what you’re looking for, ”Marry said. “We knew we were up against it, but I was happy with the effort in a few of the matches, and that’s really what we need to focus on building. I think this is the first year of wrestling in Siena Heights, so we’ll continue to focus on the things that we can control and improve, but really, it all starts with a lot of tenacity and hard work.
After an exhibition victory for Sam Ross at 141 pounds for the Bulldogs, Adrian kicked off the game with Zach Phifer taking the final victory over James Huntsman in 39 seconds at 125, which Tyler Davis (133) followed with a 14- decision. 11, fending off Randy Frailey’s return attempt in the third period.
Zachary Platte picked up a major decision victory 15-7 over Jacob Orweller at 141 before SHU climbed the board to 149 as Christopher Sorrow came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to make a decision of 10 -6 on Adrian’s Trenton Wortham.
Michael Pizzo had a pin in one minute and 28 seconds at 157 on Caleb Goodwin for the Bulldogs, Zach Altman grabbing a technical fall from 17-2 to 165 on Luke Tunistra.
Derrick Top (171), Michael Jacobs (189) and Dylan Wellbaum (197) all had forfeit wins for AC and Donald Moses III made a major 12-2 heavyweight decision against Jamarion Clayborn to close the evening.
Adrian (w) at the Indiana Tech Warrior Open: In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Bulldogs’ women’s team took third place in the 13-team invitational tournament, led by a pair of first places for Zoe Nowicki (136) and Taylor Cutler (155).
Adrian scored 188 team points, finishing only behind Campbellsville (234.5) and Life University (221.5) ahead of Cumberlands (160) in fourth place and Indiana Tech (140.5) in fifth place.
Nowicki’s winning effort at 136 was one of the Bulldogs’ top three, as she was 4-0 that day with two pinfall wins and two technical falls.
Cutler also went 4-0 to win the championship in his class, winning his first two bouts by pinfall before winning a 9-0 decision in the semifinals and a 10-0 technical drop in the final, while Megan Vondrasek finished second. at 155 from 3-1 just like Aspen Dodge at 170.
Adrian (h) 3, Wilkes 2 (OT): In Pittsburgh, the second-seeded Bulldogs’ men’s team made up for a 2-1 deficit early in the second period to come back and win the game in a 3:16 total of Zach Goberis in overtime for his 10th. consecutive victory of the season.
Alessio Luciani scored for the game for Adrian (10-1) thanks to an assist from Matus Spodniak at 9:55 from the first, only for Wilkes (9-2) to score with 3:34 left in the first and 46 seconds into the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
Zachary Heintz scored 8:18 of the second to tie the game on the first of two assists from Jaden Shields, which was the last goal until Goberis put an end to the game.
Cameron Gray took the win in goal for Adrian, stopping 13 of Wilkes’ 15 shots, as AC outscored the Colonels 31-15 in the game.
Norwich 4, Adrian (w) 2: In Northfield, Vermont, the eighth-seeded Bulldogs lost the opening game of the Norwich tournament to the hosts.
Adrian (6-2) scored the first goal of the game as Jocelin Hudanish converted a shorthanded goal at 3:17 of the first period with an assist from Karmen Anderson.
Norwich (7-2) scored the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second intermission. Callie Wollschlager closed the lead to one goal for the Bulldogs 8:44 in the third, the Bulldogs failed to equalize before the Cadets froze the game with a final count with 44 seconds left in an empty net.
Sophie Goldberg marked the start in goal for Adrian and suffered defeat, stopping 16 of Norwich’s 19 shots.
Siena Heights 58, Northwest Ohio 30: In Adrian, the SHU women’s team never followed guest runners in the Wolverine-Hoosier sports conference competition.
Peyton Banks led the way for the Saints (11-2, 5-2 WHAC), scoring a high of 19 points, along with seven rebounds and three steals, which were also highs for SHU.
Anaya Powell and Sha’kyia Parker each added nine points for SHU, who shot 39.2% from the field versus 27.9% for UNOH (3-8, 1-6).
SHU led 20-7 after one, 29-18 at halftime and 38-24 after three quarters.
Northwest Ohio 64, Siena Heights 55: At Adrian’s, Kevin Rice paved the way for scoring for both teams, but was ultimately unable to lead the Saints to WHAC victory.
Rice finished with a high 18 points along with six rebounds, two blocks and two assists for SHU (4-10, 1-6 WHAC) while Kiewuan Graham had 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.
SHU led 29-27 at the half, but their attacking offense reached 27.6 percent in the second half.