Rider 197 lber Ethan Laird (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Hi everyone! Welcome to a new weekly series here on InterMat called The Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments, where I (the #MACinsider), will be discussing the top five matches, moments, or moves that were nominated by YOU. That's right. YOU!
Each week, you can nominate any match, moment, or move that stood out to you. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter (@courty_woods) and send me a private message with your nomination!
Without further ado, here are this week's Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments.
#5: Edinboro's Ryan Burgos defeats George Mason's Nate Higley
In this inter-conference matchup at 149lbs, Sophomore Ryan Burgos of Edinboro defeated Redshirt Freshman Nathan Higley of George Mason via. Pin in 6:27. Burgos is now 10-3 on the season, 9 of those 10 wins coming from within the conference. In addition, this past week, Burgos was ranked #27 by WrestleStat and #33 by InterMat. In the NCAA Coaches Rankings, Burgos was ranked #32. Burgos and his team will travel to Clarion University on Friday, January 27th; wrestling will begin at 7:00pm.
#4: Ohio University triumphed over Cleveland State 27-18
This weekend, the Bobcats triumphed over the Vikings 27-18; with six wrestlers topping their opponents. Oscar Sanchez (125) won by a 4-1 decision over Ben Aranda. Kyran Hagan (141) won by forfeit. Alec Hagan (149) pinned Douglas Terry in 1:56. Jordan Slivka (165) had a dominating win over Shane Heil by teching him 18-1. Garrett Thompson (174) topped JR Reed by a 9-1 major decision. Zayne Lehman (184) won a close 3-1 matchup against DeAndre Nassar. The Bobcats fought a hard battle, eventually coming out on top, making their overall season record 3-6. Ohio University will be back in action at home on Sunday, January 29th at 1:00pm against Central Michigan.
#3: SIU-Edwardsville Swept Lindenwood 47-0
On Sunday, the Cougars had their most dominating win this season over the Lindenwood Lions, downing them 47-0. Davian Guanajuato (125) started off strong by topping Austin Kegley by an 8-6 decision. Aaron Schulist (133) defeated Ben Lindley by a decision of 7-1. Saul Ervin (141) pinned Kalen Napier in the second period at 4:38. Caleb Tyus (149) crushed Ben Bohr by a technical fall, 23-6. Caine Tyus (157) also won in dominating fashion by pinning his opponent, Alex Pitsch, in a mere 2:23. Bradley Gillum (165) won by a major decision of 9-0 over Kaden Charboneau. Chase Diehl (174) continued the winning streak by topping Luke Dickhaus by a 7-2 decision. Sergio Villalobos (184) had the quickest pin of the night over his opponent, Cody Thurston, in only 1:49. Ryan Yarnell (197) added to the pin streak by defeating Ryan Golnick by pin in 4:26. To close out the Cougars perfect sweep, Colton McKiernan (285) downed David Hernandez by a technical fall, 18-3. The Cougars improved to a 3-5 overall season record. They will look to gain back-to-back wins against their next opponent, Kent State, on Friday, January 27th at 5:00pm.
#2: UB Bulls Remain Undefeated in MAC
The University at Buffalo remains undefeated in the MAC, improving to an inter-conference record of 3-0; 7-9 overall. The Bulls obtained this undefeated win streak by defeating Kent State 22-13 on Sunday; with seven wrestlers topping their opponents. Tommy Maddox (133) won by decision over Jacob Houpt, 7-5. Jack Marlow (141) also won by a decision over opponent Pablo Castro IV, 7-6. Michael Petite (157) downed his opponent, Keggan Knapp, by an 8-5 decision. Noah Grover (165) came on strong with a 15-3 major decision over Dillon Carlson. Jay Nivison (174) won a hard-fought 7-5 battle in sudden victory over Michael Ferree. Giuseppe Hoose (184) earned his 12th dual win of the season by a 14-8 decision over opponent Tyler Bates. Eli Sheeren (285) won by a 6-2 decision over Jacob Cover.
The Bulls previously defeated the MAC's Edinboro 26-6 and SIU-Edwardsville 18-16. The next conference battle will take place on Saturday, February 4th at Northern Illinois; competition will start at 7:00pm.
If you've made it this far, I'm sure you're ready to click out of the article, right? WRONG! Congratulations! You've made it to the #1 Memorable MAC Moment of the week.
#1: Rider Wins MAC-IVY Rivalry
On Saturday, the Broncs broke their losing streak to cross-town rival Princeton, defeating the Tigers 19-18 on Criteria D, total near fall points. At the duration of the match, there was a dead-even tie in matches won by both opponents, 5-5. The next category to win, Criteria B, is the total number of pins, forfeits, defaults and disqualifications, which totaled 0 for both teams. Moving on to Criteria C, total points scored, also came out to a tie at 66-66. It wasn't until Criteria D, total number of near-fall points, that Rider would top the Tigers with 18 near-fall points.
Quinn Kinner posted 14 total near-fall points for his team, while McKenzie Bell accounted for 4 of those. As previously stated, five Broncs netted victorious over their cross-town rival opponents. Tyler Klinsky won in sudden victory over Nick Kayal, 6-4. McKenzie Bell (141) won by a major decision of 10-1 over Sean Pierson. Quinn Kinner (149) defeated his opponent, Marshall Keller, by technical fall 18-0. The 18-0 technical fall is Kinner's third this season, and his biggest win-margin of the season. Michael Wilson (174) won by a 3-1 decision over Kole Mulhasuer. Ethan Laird (197) topped his opponent, Luke Stout, by an 8-3 decision.
The win over Princeton improves the Broncs to a 4-2 overall season record. Next, the Broncs will wrestle at Lock Haven University on Thursday, January 26th.
Well, there you have it! The first-ever Top 5 Memorable MAC Moments article of the 2022-2023 season. Again, each week YOU will have the chance to nominate any match, moment, or move that was memorable to YOU. If you don't nominate, then don't complain! I accept ALL nominations until Sunday at 10:00pm.
MAC Match-Ups (January 16 - January 23)
Clarion vs. George Mason (25-12 Clarion)
Lock Haven vs. Cleveland State (20-16 Lock Haven)
Northern Illinois vs. Ohio (23-10 Northern Illinois)
Rider vs. Princeton (19-18 Rider)
George Mason vs. Edinboro (21 -12 George Mason)
Ohio vs. Cleveland State (21-18 Ohio)
SIU Edwardsville vs. Lindenwood (47-0 SIU Edwardsville)
Clarion vs. Lock Haven (22-14 Clarion)
Buffalo vs. Kent State (22-13 Buffalo)
Central Michigan vs. CSU Bakersfield (21-16 CSU Bakersfield)
Central Michigan vs. Campbell (23-15 Campbell)
Central Michigan vs. American (18-17 American)