Wrestling Battles at Comet Duals

Wrestling Battles at Comet Duals

Olivet, Mich. – The Alma College wrestling team went 1-2 at the Olivet College Comet Duals Saturday (Nov. 17). The Scots defeated the University of the Ozarks (AK), 24-23, while falling to Cornell College (Iowa), 24-20, and No. 14 Millikin (IL), 25-13. Junior Brendan Ladd (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) won in all three duals for Alma.  

What Happened 

  • The Scots started the day off against Cornell College. Sophomore Chase Beecher (Clio, Mich. / Clio) got Alma on the board with a major decision win. Ladd followed it up with a pin to give the Scots an early advantage. 
  • Freshman Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) had a major 10-0 decision in the 157 lb weight class. Sophomore Joe Vondrasek (Owosso, Mich. / Owosso) picked up a close victory in the 174 class. 
  • After the Scots lost by pin fall in back-to-back bouts, freshman Jacob Ransom (Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West) finished off the dual with a win in the heavyweight class but it was not enough to overcome Cornell's lead. 
  • In the second match of the day, Alma went with same lineup besides one substitution with sophomore Austin Wieczorek (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) fighting in the 133 class. In his season debut, Wieczorek earned a 4-3 decision win to give the Scots their first points of the match. 
  • Ladd, Kuehnlein and sophomore Austin Popp (Clinton, Mich. / Clinton) all won by pin fall to pick up big points against the University of the Ozarks. Freshman Dylan Seaton (Port Huron, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) also won by decision. 
  • The Scots held a 24-20 lead heading into the final bout and Ransom was able to fight off multiple pin attempts to seal the dual victory.
  • Senior Victor Sosa (Wilmington, N.C. / Eugene Ashley) earned his first victory of theday in a major way as he won by a major decision to kick things off against national-ranked Millikin. 
  • Ladd finishes off his perfect day with a 10-3 decision to increase Alma's lead, 7-3. The Scots were able to cut into the Millikn lead with wins by Seaton and sophomore Erik Arnegard (Waterford, Mich. / Waterford Mott) but ultimately came up on the losing side. 

Notables 

  • Kuehnlein had a 2-1 day with his only loss coming to the eighth-ranked wrestler in the nation in his class. Seaton also joined Kuehnlein and Ladd as Scots who earned multiple victories. 
  • Popp went 1-2 at the duals, his loss to Millikin came against the third-ranked wrestler in his class. 
  • Sophomore Mason Priest (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville) made his season debut filling in for No. 9 ranked junior Zachary Cooper (Chippewa Hills, Mich. / Whitehall) in all three matches on the day. 

Up Next 

The Scots have the next two weeks off. They will return to action at the Ohio Northern Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 9 a.m.