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.
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