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CU succumbs to Cumberlands
Jan 27, 2007 12:00 am
Cumberland University fell to the University of the Cumberlands 27-13 in a battle of NAIA top-15 teams Tuesday.
The Bulldogs are ranked 13th and the Cumberlands No. 5.
Unranked CU sophomore Eric Rogers lost 7-5 in overtime to No. 8 Mikeal Brooks.
Cumberland gave up a forfeit at 141 due to injury.
Freshman Corey Bleaken, ranked No. 5 at 149 pounds, pinned All-American Dustin Center in 1:45.
Sophomore Daniel Rosbottom lost in overtime to Josh Boggs 3-1 at 157.
Sophomore Trey Myers came up with a major decision at 165 with a 9-1 win over Grant Hoppel, bringing the Bulldogs within 12-10.
Freshman Cory Freeland bumped up from 165 to 174 and lost a 13-2 major decision to Matt Reis.
Freshman Kyle Studer stepped in at 184 after getting his knee drained of fluid from his surgury last month. He got the first takedown of the match but lost a 12-4 major decision to Earl Waller.
Sophomore Luke Borneman, ranked No. 6, moved up from 184 to 197 and defeated Bobby Jablonski 8-3.
Freshman Xavier Taylor lost 14-0 to top-ranked Eric Flinchum at 285 after having Flinchum in danger of a fall.
Sophomore Desean Willis challenged defending NAIA champion Delirco Choates but lost 10-3.
"I was really proud of the way these guys battled tonight in every match, win or loss," Cumberland coach Jarad Swint said. "They keep getting better with each match and hopefully we can put it all together by the end of the season when it counts most. We are very young, wrestling only freshmen and sophomores in this dual, so it is a good sign for the future."
CU Open produces two champion Bulldogs
Rogers and fellow sophomore Jordan Powers won titles in the inaugural Cumberland University Open last Saturday.
Wresting at 133, Rogers defeated Campbellsville's Derek Scott 2-1.
Powers bumped up 10 pounds after weighing in at 174 and won the 184 class. He defeated King's Josh Hardin 14-0 and, in the finals, knocked off Tennessee-Chattanooga's Nick Marable 3-1.
Rosbottom and David Wiese both finished third.
Wiese, a redshirt freshman wrestling unattached at 165, lost his first college match to UTC's Mark Rogers 9-5. He rebounded with a 17-5 major decision over Chattanooga's Chris Dice and defeated teammate Mike Barber 10-6 in the consolation finals.
Rosbottom, wrestling at 157, lost his first match to North Carolina-Greensboro's Byron Sigmon by fall. He then defeated Campbellsville's Zach Davis 8-3 and, in the consolation finals, Newberry's Tyler Self 1-0.