Mules wrestling earned a hard-fought 20-15 dual victory against the Lindenwood Lions (2-4, 1-1 MIAA) in St. Charles Thursday evening. The Mules improve to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA with their second straight dual win.
The Mules fell behind early, 3-0, after Mitchell Bradley fell on a 9-2 decision to the Lions' Blayne Shockley. Hunter Neighbors tied the dual up at three though after he took a 7-4 decision over Lindenwood's Michael Caldwell. The Lions regained a 6-3 lead after Eric Mateo fell at 141 pounds via a 6-5 decision to Craig Chiles.
Nick Viterisi tied the dual up at 6-6 in the 149 pound bout by taking a 10-4 decision win over Lindenwood's Derrick Weller. The Lions retook the lead when the Mules had to forfeit at 157 pounds due to injury. Trailing 12-6, Ty Loethen delivered for the Mules at 165 pounds, claiming a 7-2 decision over the Lions' Luke Roth to slice the Lindenwood advantage in half, 12-9. Lindenwood was able to extend its lead to 15-9 after Jake Hawks fell via a 4-0 decision to Matt Greene at 174 pounds but Clarence Neely answered for the Mules in the 184 pound bout, taking a commanding 11-3 major decision victory over Jake Landals to pull the Mules within two, 15-13, with just two bouts remaining.
Todd Brier gave the Mules a slim 16-15 lead after he bested the Lions' Padric Lynch in the 197 pound bout, 5-4. With the dual on the line, Tim Tuaquoi stepped up and gave the Mules the victory, delivering an impressive 9-0 major decision win against Lindenwood's Matt Atley.
The Mules return to action Friday when they travel to Lebanon, Ill. to face McKendree in a non-conference dual beginning at 7 p.m.
125: Blayne Shockley (LWU) dec. Mitchell Bradley (UCM), 9-2, LWU 3-0
133: Hunter Neighbors (UCM) dec. Michael Caldwell (LWU), 7-4, Tied 3-3
141: Craig Chiles (LWU) dec. Eric Mateo (UCM), 6-5, LWU 6-3
149: Nick Viterisi (UCM) dec. Derrick Weller (LWU), 10-4, Tied 6-6
157: Masen Ridenhour (LWU) wins by injury defaut, LWU 12-6
165: Ty Loethen (UCM) dec. Luke Roth (LWU), 7-2, LWU 12-9
174: Matt Greene (LWU) dec. Jake Hawks (UCM), 4-0, LWU 15-9
184: Clarence Neely (UCM) maj. dec. Jake Landals (LWU), 11-3, LWU 15-13
197: Todd Brier (UCM) dec. Padric Lynch (LWU), 5-4, UCM 16-15
285: Tim Tuaquoi (UCM) maj. dec. Matt Atley (LWU), 9-0, UCM 20-15