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Big pins lead UW-Eau Claire to win over Luther

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Last season's victory for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire wrestling team over Luther College was their first in 21 years. On Tuesday night, the Blugolds made it two in a row, using a trio of pins to lead to the win.

Luther got on the board in the opening match, picking up a decision win at 125-pounds. A huge swing of momentum occurred next for Eau Claire, as Casey Hedrington (Fr.-Chippewa Falls, WI/Chi-Hi) battled off his back to eventually regain top control, turn his opponent multiple times, and ultimately get the crucial pinfall at 133-pounds.

Stepping in at 141-pounds, Tyler Demo (Fr.-Loves Park, IL/Belvidere North) earned another key win for the Blugolds. The freshman was victorious, 7-2. After a decision win for the Norse at 149-pounds, Hunter DeLeon (So.-Anoka, MN) sent the Blugolds into the break with a 12-6 lead, following his 9-3 win at 157-pounds.

Though Luther responded out of the intermission with a major decision, Eau Claire turned it up and poured it on in the next three matches.

Tyler Vogt (Sr.-Owatonna, MN) trailed early in his 174-pound bout, but he fought back to take an 8-5 win. Just as he did in last year's match with the Norse, Cecil Philson (Sr.-Thorp, WI) came up big. This time around, he got a clutch pinfall to add bonus points and separation to the score. At 197-pounds, Ramsey Bloy (Jr.-Freedom, WI) sealed the victory with a pin of his own, needing less than two minutes to get the fall.

Luther added a major decision win at heavyweight, but the final score favored Eau Claire, 27-14.

With Thanksgiving Break ahead, the Blugold wrestlers' next action comes on December 2, when they compete in the MSOE Invitational in Milwaukee.

Results:
125 Murphy (Luther) defeated Dickenson (UWEC) by decision (7-2) 3 0
133 Hedrington (UWEC) defeated Clough (Luther) by fall (5:49) 3 6
141 Demo (UWEC) defeated Menegay (Luther) by decision (7-2) 3 9
149 Valadez (Luther) defeated Dudych (UWEC) by decision (6-2) 6 9
157 DeLeon (UWEC) defeated Suarez (Luther) by decision (9-3) 6 12
165 Poray (Luther) defeated Schmidt (UWEC) by major decision (14-4) 10 12
174 Vogt (UWEC) defeated Vaughns (Luther) by decision (8-5) 10 15
184 Philson (UWEC) defeated Keifer (Luther) by fall (3:40) 10 21
197 Bloy (UWEC) defeated Weaver (Luther) by fall (1:52) 10 27
285 Feldpausch (Luther) defeated Garvin (UWEC) by major decision (13-2) 14 27

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