LEBANON, Tenn. -- Scott Stewart and Tyler Smith each posted 4-3 Decisions in a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Shorter University and Zeke Hunt and John Mark Reddick both recorded pins in a runaway for Cumberland over Middle Tennessee in wrestling action here Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (3-3) jumped out early against Shorter, with Justus Griffith picking up an 11-8 Decision over Hayden Randolph at 125 before Billy Ward pinned Clint Jones just 1:03 into their match at 133.
But the Hawks battled back, tying the match with three straight wins, including a 7-5 Decision in the first overtime by Demarcus Thomas over Dalton Baysinger at 141. Shorter's Brandon Dyer won a 7-2 Decision against Nate Croley and Kannon Madden defeated Steven Sandefer by Decision, 8-2, knotting the match at nine.
Kyle Delaune quickly gave Cumberland the lead again with a pin at 1:15 over Seth Broom at 165, but again the Hawks came back, with Dalton Lane scoring late for a 9-7 Decision against Hunt at 174. Terrence Smith put Shorter ahead for the only time of the match with a 23-9 Technical Fall versus Reddick at 184, setting up the final two spots for the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first period, Stewart got on the board first and held on with a late takedown for a 4-3 Decision against Andrew Ewers at 197, giving CU an 18-17 advantage heading into the final match.
The two heavyweights battled for two periods before someone finally scored and from there Tyler Smith and Marlen Morgan were neck-and-neck for four overtime periods, with Smith finally prevailing with just over six seconds of riding time for a 4-3 Decision.
The second match started about the same way, with Griffith outlasting Anthony Patnode for a 12-11 Decision and Ward demolishing Eric Feuerbecher, winning by Tech Fall, 16-0. But Carlos Garcia won an 11-6 Decision over Baysinger at 141 and then the next match turned on a dime.
Nate Croley was leading James McClanahan 12-3 late in the opening period and looked to put away the match, but in a heartbeat Croley was caught in a scramble and McClanahan pinned him just at the edge of the mat with seven seconds remaining in the period, giving the Blue Raiders a 9-8 advantage.
Cumberland swept the remaining six outings to pull away for the victory, with Sandefer posting a 10-5 Decision over Jordan Russell at 157 and Delaune scoring a takedown in the final seconds for an 8-7 Decision versus Everett Colbert at 165.
Hunt rebounded with a pin at 2:47 against Khris Sawyer and Reddick followed with another pin, this one at 2:45, over Charlton Thayn at 185. Stewart won by Forfeit before Smith finished off the victory with an 18-9 Major Decision against Taylor Podany.
Cumberland will compete this weekend in a pair of tournaments -- the Shorter Open in Rome, Ga., and the Middle Tennessee Duals in Smyrna, Tenn. -- both on Saturday. The Bulldogs host Life University in a dual match next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Cumberland Univ. 21, Shorter Univ. 17
Wt. Class Winner Loser Type; Score CU SU
125 Justus Griffith (CU) Hayden Randolph (SU) D; 11-8 3 0
133 Billy Ward (CU) Clint Jones (SU) F; 1:03 9 0
141 Demarcus Thomas (SU) Dalton Baysinger (CU) D; 7-5; SV 9 3
149 Brandon Dyer (SU) Nick Croley (CU) D; 7-2 9 6
157 Kannon Madden (SU) Steven Sandefer (CU) D; 8-2 9 9
165 Kyle Delaune (CU) Seth Broom (SU) F; 1:15 15 9
174 Dalton Lane (SU) Zeke Hunt (CU) D; 9-7 15 12
184 Terrence Smith (SU) John Mark Reddick (CU) TF; 23-9 15 17
197 Scott Stewart (CU) Andrew Ewers (SU) D; 4-3 18 17
285 Tyler Smith (CU) Marlen Morgan (SU) D; 4-3; SV4 21 17
Cumberland Univ. 36, Middle Tennessee 9
Wt. Class Winner Loser Type; Score CU MT
125 Justus Griffith (CU) Anthony Patnode (MT) D; 12-11 3 0
133 Billy Ward (CU) Eric Feuerbacher (MT) TF; 16-0 8 0
141 Carlos Garcia (MT) Dalton Baysinger (CU) D; 11-6 8 3
149 James McClanahan (MT) Nick Croley (CU) F; 2:53 8 9
157 Steven Sandefer (CU) Jordan Russell (MT) D; 10-5 11 9
165 Kyle Delaune (CU) Everett Colbert (MT) D; 8-7 14 9
174 Zeke Hunt (CU) Khris Sawyer (MT) F; 2:47 20 9
184 John Mark Reddick (CU) Charlton Thayn (MT) F; 2:45 26 9
197 Scott Stewart (CU) FOR 32 9
285 Tyler Smith (CU) Taylor Podany (MT) MD; 18-9 36 9
D - Decision
MD - Major Decision
TF - Technical Fall
F - Fall
FOR - Forfeit
MFOR - Medical Forfeit
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