Close losses send CU wrestlers to defeat

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Zeke Hunt, Tyler Smith and Jake Williams all posted victories, including a major decision for Williams, but 10th-ranked Cumberland dropped four close matches by decision in a 25-10 loss Tuesday night to No. 6 Lindsey Wilson.

Hunt, ranked seventh nationally at 174, edged Erick Gomez with a 2-1 decision, but Lindsey Wilson’s top-ranked Joe Cozart pinned Brian Shockley at 157 to start the match and 14th-ranked Mitchell Judkins won a 2-1 decision over CU’s 12th-ranked Kirk Johnson at 165.

The Blue Raiders continued to win most of the close outings even after Hunt’s victory, with No. 1-ranked Jameel Bryant outlasting a hard-charging No. 3-rated Cody Linton at 184, 3-2, and Jahwon Akui recorded a 4-1 decision against CU’s 12th-ranked Scott Stewart at 197.

Tyler Smith registered a 7-5 decision for the Bulldogs in the heavyweight match versus Ameer Daniels, pulling CU within 15-6, but No. 6 Myron Bradbury defeated Justus Griffith, 6-0, at 125 and No. 15 Keaton Thomas collected a 6-2 decision over Dalton Baysinger at 133, pushing the Blue Raiders advantage to 21-6 overall.

No. 3 Wismit Moinius won a major decision for LWC at 141, 12-4, against Nate Croley. Williams, ranked No. 3 at 149, improved to 15-1 this season with an 11-3 major decision over eighth-ranked Isaac Thomas in the final bout of the match.

Cumberland will head to Newberry, S.C., this Saturday for the Newberry Open and will compete in the NAIA East Region Qualifier in Marietta, Ga., on Feb. 22.

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