Scott Stewart and Tyler Smith each posted 4-3 decisions in a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Shorter and Zeke Hunt and John Mark Reddick recorded pins in a runaway for Cumberland over Middle Tennessee in wrestling action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (3-3) jumped out early against Shorter, with Justus Griffith picking up an 11-8 decision over Hayden Randolph at 125 before Billy Ward pinned Clint Jones just 1:03 into their match at 133.
But the Hawks battled back, tying the match with three straight wins, including a 7-5 decision in the first overtime by Demarcus Thomas over Dalton Baysinger at 141. Shorter’s Brandon Dyer won a 7-2 Decision against Nate Croley and Kannon Madden defeated Steven Sandefer by decision, 8-2, knotting the match at nine.
Kyle Delaune quickly gave Cumberland the lead again with a pin at 1:15 over Seth Broom at 165, but again the Hawks came back, with Dalton Lane scoring late for a 9-7 decision against Hunt at 174. Terrence Smith put Shorter ahead for the only time of the match with a 23-9 technical fall versus Reddick at 184, setting up the final two spots for the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first period, Stewart got on the board first and held on with a late takedown for a 4-3 decision against Andrew Ewers at 197, giving CU an 18-17 advantage heading into the final match.
The two heavyweights battled for two periods before someone finally scored and from there Tyler Smith and Marlen Morgan were neck-and-neck for four overtime periods, with Smith finally prevailing with just over six seconds of riding time for a 4-3 decision.
The second match started about the same way, with Griffith outlasting Anthony Patnode for a 12-11 decision and Ward demolishing Eric Feuerbecher, winning by tech fall, 16-0. But Carlos Garcia won an 11-6 Decision over Baysinger at 141 and then the next match turned on a dime.
Nate Croley was leading James McClanahan 12-3 late in the opening period and looked to put away the match, but in a heartbeat Croley was caught in a scramble and McClanahan pinned him just at the edge of the mat with seven seconds remaining in the period, giving the Blue Raiders a 9-8 advantage.
Cumberland swept the remaining six outings to pull away for the victory, with Sandefer posting a 10-5 decision over Jordan Russell at 157 and Delaune scoring a takedown in the final seconds for an 8-7 decision versus Everett Colbert at 165.
Hunt rebounded with a pin at 2:47 against Khris Sawyer and Reddick followed with another pin, this one at 2:45, over Charlton Thayn at 185. Stewart won by forfeit before Smith finished off the victory with an 18-9 major decision against Taylor Podany.
Cumberland will compete this weekend in a pair of tournaments – the Shorter Open in Rome, Ga., and the Middle Tennessee Duals in Smyrna – both on Saturday. The Bulldogs will host Life in a dual match next Tuesday at 6 p.m.