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Indiana defeats Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- After having three meets come down to the tiebreaker criteria this season, the Indiana wrestling team was determined to score as many points as they could in Sunday's matches at Eastern Michigan. They did that, and more, in a pair of decisive dual wins.

The Hoosiers (6-2, 0-1) marked their highest team point total of the season in a 46-6 win against Cleveland State (1-4), in which they recorded six wins by fall. They followed that with a 25-12 win against Eastern Michigan (3-1), where bonus points separated a highly competitive meet.

Half of IU's pins on Sunday came from freshman Devin Skatzka (174) and redshirt senior Chris Perez (149). Skatzka (10-3) continued an impressive start to his first varsity season with the decisive win by fall versus Devon Pingel (CSU), followed by a 4-minute pin against David Kasper (EMU).

Perez (4-1) put the finishing touches on an outstanding weekend with a pin over R.J. LaBeef (CSU) before sticking Nick Barber (EMU) in 6:07. He adds those two wins to his ranked win over #18 Andrew Crone (WISC) in Friday's final bout.

An unbeaten start continues for #6 Nate Jackson (184), who moves his team points contribution to 4.9 per-dual with a pair of wins on Sunday. Cleveland State's #23 Nick Corba tested Jackson (13-0), forcing the Hoosier's first win without bonus points on the season. Jackson responded with an 18-7 major decision against Kayne MacCallum (EMU) for the 85th win of his career.

Freshman Garrett Pepple (133) and sophomore Jake Danishek (157) completed perfect 3-0 weekends, building off of their first Big Ten wins in Friday's meet with #11 Wisconsin. Pepple (9-3) scored his second varsity pin against Cleveland State before holding off Sa'Derian Perry (EMU) with a 4-2 decision.

Danishek (10-4) pushed two tight decisions in his favor with a 4-2 decision over Nick Montgomery (CSU) and a sudden victory 4-2 win over J.J. Wolfe (EMU). This weekend, Danishek won three matches with a combined margin of 5 points.

Bryce Martin (165) scored 7 team points in a pair of wins in response to Friday's encounter with #3 Isaac Jordan (WISC). Martin (9-3) won a major decision 12-4 over John Vaughn (CSU) before extending IU's dual lead with a decision win against Devan Marry (EMU).
Sophomore #18 Elijah Oliver (125) split his matches on Sunday, beginning with a win by fall over Spencer Dusi (CSU). Oliver (9-2) dropped a ranked encounter with #19 Noah Gonser (EMU), 7-3, at the start of the dual with the Eagles.

Freshman Jake Hinz (197) and sophomore Fletcher Miller (285) also split their day's slate, scoring pins in the win against Cleveland State while coming up short in tight decisions. Miller (6-5) met his second ranked grappler of the weekend, #25 Gage Hutchison (EMU), but lost a 4-3 decision. Sophomore Cole Weaver (141) also competed for the Hoosiers in the tri dual, but lost two tough matches.

Indiana 46, Cleveland State 6
125 #12 Elijah Oliver (9-1) pinned Spencer Dusi (4-5) N/A IU 6, CSU 0
133 Garrett Pepple (9-3) pinned Terrell Grant (4-4) N/A IU 12, CSU 0
141 Evan Cheek (5-4) pinned Cole Weaver (3-5) N/A IU 12, CSU 6
149 Chris Perez (3-1) pinned R.J. LaBeef (5-4) N/A IU 18, CSU 6
157 Jake Danishek (10-4) dec. Nick Montgomery (1-2) 4-2 IU 21, CSU 6
165 Bryce Martin (8-3) maj. dec. John Vaughn (2-6) 12-4 IU 25, CSU 6
174 Devin Skatzka (9-3) pinned Devon Pingel (5-3) N/A IU 31, CSU 6
184 #6 Nate Jackson (12-0) dec. #23 Nick Corba (7-3) 13-8 IU 34, CSU 6
197 Jake Hinz (7-5) pinned Collin Kelly (0-7) N/A IU 40, CSU 6
285 Fletcher Miller (6-4) pinned Mike Furbee (1-7) N/A IU 46, CSU 6

Indiana 25, Eastern Michigan 12
125 #25 Noah Gonser (11-4) dec. #12 Elijah Oliver (9-2) 7-3 EMU 3, IU 0
133 Garrett Pepple (9-3) dec. Sa'Derian Perry (3-3) 4-2 IU 3, EMU 3
141 #24 Kyle Springer (7-3) dec. Cole Weaver (3-6) 7-3 EMU 6, IU 3
149 Chris Perez (4-1) pins Nick Barber (11-4) 6:07 IU 9, EMU 6
157 Jake Danishek (11-4) dec. J.J. Wolfe (5-4) SV-1, 4-2 IU 12, EMU 6
165 Bryce Martin (9-3) dec. Devan Marry (1-1) 6-3 IU 15, EMU 6
174 Devin Skatzka (10-3) pins David Kasper (1-7) 4:00 IU 21, EMU 6
184 #6 Nate Jackson (13-0) maj. dec. Kayne MacCallum (4-7) 18-7 IU 25, EMU 6
197 Derek Hillman (3-5) dec. Jake Hinz (7-6) 4-3 IU 25, EMU 9
285 #25 Gage Hutchison (11-5) dec. Fletcher Miller (6-5) 4-3 IU 25, EMU 12

Up Next: Indiana (6-2, 0-1) vs. Buffalo (1-2, 1-1) / vs. Indiana Tech (8-1)
Sunday, Dec. 18 • Watch: BTN Plus • Track: IU vs. UB • Track: IU vs. Indiana Tech
University Gymnasium • Bloomington, Ind.

Next weekend's tri dual meet is the closure of many things for the Hoosiers this year. The meet with Buffalo and Indiana Tech will be the final two out-of-conference duals for Indiana this season; the tri dual is their final of four such meets this year; and it's the final home event before the winter break.

The meet will begin with Indiana against Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. ET, and will immediately be followed by Buffalo versus Indiana Tech. The meet will conclude with Indiana against Indiana Tech, immediately following the neutral site dual.

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