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Olivet rolls past Alma

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 BASICS
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

  • The match started at 197 pounds, where junior Jack Tromp earned a forfeit victory.
  • 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.

    UP NEXT

    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.

    Results:
    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
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