MAC Conference Recap (1/5/22)

2021 MatMen Open runner-up Ethan Laird (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki;

MatMen Open: Three MAC schools came away from the MatMen Open with placewinners: Bloomsburg, Northern Illinois, and Rider.

Alex Carida (157) of Bloomsburg fell short in the third-place match-up against Jake Keating of Virginia by a decision of 5-3, placing fourth on the podium.

Northern Illinois had four placewinners, including one finalist, leading the MAC conference in total points at the MatMen Open. Mason Kauffman (174) fell short to Edmond Ruth in the final bout, 3-2 in TB, securing the second-place spot on the podium. Izzak Olejnik (165) placed fourth, dropping a 3-0 decision to Jake Wentzel of Pittsburgh. Brit Wilson (184) finished sixth after dropping a 12-7 decision to Trey Munoz of Oregon State. Lucian Brink (125) rounded out the Northern Illinois placewinners by taking eighth, falling short to Gage Curry of Pittsburgh by a 4-2 decision.

Rider placed two wrestlers on the podium at the MatMen Open. Ethan Laird (HWT) lost a hard-fought battle to Trent Hillger of Wisconsin in the final bout with a 2-0 decision. McKenzie Bell was sixth after falling short to Parker Filius of Purdue, 9-6.

Southern Scuffle: Three MAC schools each placed one wrestler on the podium at the Southern Scuffle, George Mason, Rider, and Buffalo. Alex Madrigal (149) of George Mason lost by medical forfeit to Chris Sandoval of Northern Colorado, placing sixth. Quinn Kinner (141) of Rider finished seventh after defeating Josh Saunders of Cornell by medical forfeit. John Arceri (149) of Buffalo was victorious over Jeff Boyd of West Virginia by 3-1 in sudden victory.


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