Kirk Johnson recorded a 16-2 major decision over Life University’s Cary Hamas as the Bulldogs defeated the Running Eagles 28-12 in a dual match Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Cumberland opened up an early 12-0 lead thanks to forfeits at 125 and 133 with Justus Griffith and Nick Paden recording the unopposed victories. Life responded with a 7-2 decision at 141 as Dillan Schouw defeated Billy Ward.
The Bulldogs took three points back at 149 as Nate Croley outlasted Rowdy Prior in a 9-2 decision, and Life’s Oliver Brukardt returned the favor with a 13-7 decision over Steven Sandefer at 157. Sandefer came back from a 10-3 deficit in the third period, but was unable to overcome the large discrepancy.
Johnson’s 16-2 major decision followed at 165, and Kyle Delaune put the contest out of reach with an 11-4 decision over Deandre Sims at 174. Life grabbed three more points with a 4-2 decision at 184 as a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, Life’s Trey Hicks and Cumberland’s Zeke Hunt, squared off. Hicks took a 4-1 advantage into the third period and held on for the win.
In a scary moment in the 197 matchup, Scott Steward defeated Matt Mannino via medical forfeit. Mannino was forced to resign after rolling over with a knee injury which gave the Bulldogs a 28-9 lead heading into the heavyweight matchup.
Jacob Roza gave the Running Eagles three final points with a 4-0 decision, defeating Tyler Smith to finish the match.
Cumberland will return to action Dec. 7 at the Kaufman-Brand Open in St. Louis. The Bulldogs will close out 2013 with the Indiana Tech Duals on Dec. 14 in Fort Wayne, Ind.