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Drexel picks up 28-9 victory over SIUE to start Midwest road trip

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Drexel wrestling team earned a 28-9 victory over SIUE on the road on Friday night. The Dragons won all but three matches on the way to their third victory of a young 2017-18 season.

Zack Fuentes started things off as he edged the Cougars' Zachary Gentzler, 2-1 in the first tiebreaker period at 125. Rookie Austin DeSanto followed with a technical fall over Lucas Bernal just over two minutes into the 133 match to mark his third extra-point win in as many appearances as a Dragon. The win gave Drexel an early 8-0 advantage over SIUE.

The Cougars were able to get on the board in the 141 match as John Muldoon defeated Chandler Olson, 9-3. At 149, freshman Trevor Elfvin took an 11-7 overtime victory from Tyshawn Williams and then Evan Barczak defeated Erik Travers by injury default at 157 to increase Drexel's lead to 17-3.

SIUE's Nate Higgins was able to pick up a 13-7 win over Ebed Jarrell at 165 pounds to cut the Dragons' advantage to 11 points. However, Austin Rose came back with a technical fall win at 174 that helped Drexel regain its momentum with three matches to go.

Owen Brooks added a 9-6 decision over the Cougars' Bryce Shewan at 184 and Stephen Loiseau secured a 7-3 win over Christian Dulaney at 197 to put the Dragons ahead by a 28-6 margin. SIUE's Jake McKiernan was able to take a 3-0 decision from freshman Sean O'Malley in the heavyweight match, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit the Dragons had created. Drexel would ultimately walk away with a 28-9 victory for its third win of the year.

The Dragons return to action on Sunday as they visit Iowa State for a dual in Ames, Iowa. Matches are slated to begin at 12 p.m. CST.

Results:
125: Zack Fuentes (DU) DEC Zachary Gentzler (SIUE), 2-1 (TB-1)
133: Austin DeSanto (DU) TF Lucas Bernal (SIUE), 24-7 @ 2:02
141: John Muldoon (SIUE) DEC Chandler Olson (DU), 9-3
149: Trevor Elfvin (DU) DEC Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 11-7 (SV-1)
157: Evan Barczak (DU) def. Erik Travers (SIUE) by injury default @ 1:07
165: Nate Higgins (SIUE) DEC Ebed Jarrell (DU), 13-7
174: Austin Rose (DU) TF Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 23-5 @ 3:27
184: Owen Brooks (DU) DEC Bryce Shewan (SIUE), 9-6
197: Stephen Loiseau (DU) DEC Christian Dulaney (SIUE), 7-3
285: Jake McKiernan (SIUE) DEC Sean O'Malley (DU), 3-0

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