LANSDALE, Pa. -- The Drexel wrestling team jumped out to a 2-0 start with wins over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and West Liberty at the Dragon Duals at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa. The Dragons edged past SIUE, 18-15, before a convincing 32-9 victory over West Liberty.
Drexel claimed six bonus-point victories on Saturday with two coming from Chandler Olson. The junior from Shippensburg, Pa. was one of four undefeated Dragons on Saturday.
DREXEL 18, SIUE 15
Bonus-point victories by Olson and Bryan McLaughlin proved to be the difference in an otherwise tightly-contested match with SIUE. The two sides split the 10 bouts, but Drexel prevailed by an 18-15 margin.
The Dragons led 8-0 after the first two matches. At 125 pounds, Antonio Mininno scored the last five points of the match to break a 6-6 tie in the third period, giving the sophomore the 11-6 decision over Gage Datlovsky. Moving on the 133 pounds, Olson quickly put the bout to rest with 16 unanswered en route to a 16-0 technical fall against Honor Nguyen just two minutes 45 seconds into the match.
Olson's technical fall is the first of his collegiate career.
The Cougars scored three-straight decision victories at 141, 149 and 157 pounds to take a 9-8 lead. Tyler Williams and Saul Ervin pushed one another into sudden victory at 141 pounds, where Ervin prevailed, 10-8. Tyshawn Williams topped Vincent Foggia at 149 pounds, 8-3, and Felix Belga fell 6-1 to Justin Ruffin, a 2019 NCAA qualifier - at 157 pounds.
Tenth-ranked Ebed Jarrell halted SIUE's momentum at 165 pounds, giving Drexel a lead it would not relinquish. Starting the third period in the bottom position and down 5-4 to Chase Deihl, Jarrell fought for the escape to send the bout to sudden victory. In the first sudden-victory period, Jarrell scored a takedown for the 58th win of his career.
Another close victory for the Dragons followed at 174 pounds, where Michael O'Malley topped Kevin Gschwender, 11-8. O'Malley was dominant in the first two periods, and led 9-2 after five minutes.
SIUE won two of the final three bouts to close out the dual. Anthony Walters fell to Ryan Yarnell, 10-4, at 184 pounds. Bryan McLaughlin gave Drexel its last win of the match and did so in convincing fashion with a 14-6 major decision over Aric Bohn. McLaughlin led 11-0 to start the third quarter.
The Cougars entered the heavyweight match trailing 18-12, needing a pin fall to tie the team score and win on tiebreaking criteria. Instead, Sean O'Malley battled 2019 NCAA qualifier Colton McKiernan tough in a 3-0 loss.
DREXEL 32, WEST LIBERTY 9
The Dragons won seven bouts in their second dual of the day, a 32-9 win over West Liberty. The Hilltoppers entered Saturday ranked 12th in Division II by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and boast three grapplers ranked in the top-10 of their respective weight classes.
Drexel scored four bonus-point victories against WLU, running its total on the day to six. The Dragons pulled away in the middle of the match on the strength of a Belga pin and tech falls from Jarrell and O'Malley in three-straight bouts.
The Hilltoppers struck first with a 6-0 decision from third-ranked Cole Laya over Dante Mininno, but DU won the next seven matches. Olson collected his second bonus-points win on the day with an 8-0 major decision over Nate Keaton at 133 pounds.
At 141 pounds, Williams battled No. 3-ranked Darius Bunch to a 7-5 win. Foggia topped Jack Barber, 6-3, at 149 pounds, and the Dragons led 10-3.
Then, the points started coming in bunches for Drexel. Belga pinned Blake Miller at the 5:22 mark of their bout at 157 pounds. Jarrell followed with a 16-0 tech fall against Chase Morgan at 165 pounds, winning the match in a shade under four minutes. Not to be outdone, O'Malley scored an 18-0 tech fall against Chance Morgan in just 2:21.
Owen Brooks emerged with a 7-6 decision win at 184 pounds to push the Dragons' lead to 29-3. Logan Kemp - the seventh-ranked 197-pounder in Division II - pinned McLaughlin in the second-to-last match of the day.
O'Malley capped the Dragon Duals for Drexel with a 3-1 decision over Chase Logan at 285 pounds.
The Dragons return to the mats on Friday, when they welcome fourth-ranked Oklahoma State to the Daskalakis Athletic Center at 7 p.m.
Drexel 18, SIUE 15
125: Antonio Mininno dec. Gage Datlovsky, 11-6 - Drexel 3, SIUE 0
133: Chandler Olson tech fall Honor Nguyen, 16-0 (2:45) - Drexel 8, SIUE 0
141: Saul Ervin dec. Tyler Williams, 10-8 (SV-1) - Drexel 8, SIUE 3
149: Tyshawn Williams dec. Vincent Foggia, 8-3 - Drexel 8, SIUE 6
157: Justin Ruffin dec. Felix Belga, 6-1 - SIUE 9, Drexel 8
165: #10 Ebed Jarrell dec. Chase Deihl, 7-5 (SV-1) - Drexel 11, SIUE 9
174: Michael O`Malley dec. Kevin Gschwendtner, 11-8 - Drexel 14, SIUE 9
184: Ryan Yarnell dec. Anthony Walters, 10-4 - Drexel 14, SIUE 12
197: Bryan McLaughlin major dec. Aric Bohn, 14-6 - Drexel 18, SIUE 12
285: #15 Colton McKiernan dec. Sean O'Malley, 3-0 - Drexel 18, SIUE 15
Drexel 32, West Liberty 9
125: Cole Laya dec. Dante Mininno, 6-0 - West Liberty 3, Drexel 0
133: Chandler Olson major dec. Nate Keaton, 8-0 - Drexel 4, West Liberty 3
141: Tyler Williams dec. Darius Bunch, 8-5 - Drexel 7, West Liberty 3
149: Vincent Foggia dec. Jack Barber, 7-3 - Drexel 10, West Liberty 3
157: Felix Belga pin Blake Miller (5:22) - Drexel 16, West Liberty 3
165: #10 Ebed Jarrell tech fall Chase Morgan, 16-0 (3:58) - Drexel 21, West Liberty 3
174: Michael O'Malley tech fall Chance Morgan, 18-0 (2:21) - Drexel 26, West Liberty 3
184: Owen Brooks dec. Isaiah Myers, 7-6 - Drexel 29, West Liberty 3
197: Logan Kemp pin Bryan McLaughlin - Drexel 29, West Liberty 9
285: Sean O'Malley dec. Chase Logan, 3-1 (SV-1) - Drexel 32, West Liberty 9