OLIVET, Mich. -- The Olivet College wrestling team won 8-of-10 individual matches to defeat Alma College, 35-9, before a loud and capacity crowd inside The Cutler Event Center in Olivet.The match started at 197 pounds, where junior Jack Tromp earned a forfeit victory.
Final Score: Olivet 35, Alma 9
Location: The Cutler Event Center; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Olivet 12-4 overall, Alma 1-12 overall
HOW IT HAPPENED
At 285 pounds, freshman Trevor Piggott used three takedowns and two escapes to post an 8-4 win.
At 125 pounds, senior Jared Brickley needed the riding time point at the end of the match to escape with the narrow 3-2 decision.
At 133 pounds, freshman Spencer Fox had a pair of four-point near-falls in an 18-7 major decision.
The Scots won by fall at 141 pounds and a 10-9 decision at 149 pounds to make the team score, 16-9.
At 157 pounds, senior John Leark got five team points back by recording an 18-0 technical fall with 20 seconds remaining in the first period. After quickly taking his man down, he scored a pair of two-point near-falls before closing out the match with three four-point near-falls.
At 165 pounds, junior Tyler Grimsley got an escape in the final seconds to close out a 17-9 major decision.
At 174 pounds, sophomore Haydn Kinjorski brought the crowd to their feet when he pinned his opponent with 22 seconds left in the first period.
At 184 pounds, senior Ryan Clark doubled-up his man by registering a 20-10 major decision.
BEYOND THE MATCHES
Olivet moved up to No. 13 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Top 25 poll.
Grimsley is ranked No. 6 in the NWCA poll, and No. 7 in the d3wrestle.com rankings.
With the win, Clark improved to 21-7 this season. The 21 wins are the most on the team. Grimsley is second with a 20-3 record.
The junior varsity wrestlers will compete Saturday at the Manchester Spartan Mat Classic. The varsity wrestlers return to action next Thursday, Jan. 18, when they host Adrian College at 7 p.m.
197 Jack Tromp (Olivet) won by forfeit 0-6
285 Trevor Piggott (Olivet) def. Austin Popp (Alma), 8-4 0-9
125 Jared Brickley (Olivet) def. Austin Wieczorek (Alma), 3-2 0-12
133 Spencer Fox (Olivet) def. Chase Beecher (Alma), 18-7 0-16
141 Brendan Ladd (Alma) pinned Andre Bourlier (Olivet), 1:11 6-16
149 Jake Anderson (Alma) def. Drew Mandell (Olivet), 10-9 9-16
157 John Leark (Olivet) tech. fall Gus Richter (Alma), 18-0 (2:40) 9-21
165 Tyler Grimsley (Olivet) def. Joe Vondrasek (Alma), 17-9 9-25
174 Haydn Kinjorski (Olivet) pinned Erik Arnegard (Alma), 2:38 9-31
184 Ryan Clark (Olivet) def. Wesley Barnes (Alma), 20-10 9-35